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Teaching in a Diverse Scotland- Partnerships and Professional Learning

Teaching in a Diverse Scotland- Professional Learning Events

This academic year our Teacher Education Partnership has been collaborating to move forward our response to the landmark Teaching in a Diverse Scotland (TIDS) report (Scottish Government, 2018) authored by Prof Rowena Arshad and consider the progress made and areas still to be developed in the follow up report from March 2021.

As part of this work we have planned a series of professional learning events for the wider Scottish education system to explore the issue of diversity in the teaching profession, racial equality and the work of anti-racism.

These professional learning events sit within a wider agenda being taken forward by Masters Level Partnership Group in relation to diversity in the profession and access to promotion for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues.

The first event was held in February 2022 and was a panel discussion exploring the impact of the TIDS report and examining the areas for action the follow up report identified.

The panel was composed of key figures from the TIDS working group and others who are playing a major role in this area at national level.

Prof. Rowena Arshad CBE chaired the TiDS working group and is Professor Emerita in Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education at the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education and Sport, where she was Head of School from 2013-19.

Khadija Mohammed is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and a founding member of the Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators.

Melina Valdelièvre is Lead Specialist for Race Equality at Education Scotland and co-founder of The Anti-Racist Educator.

Sharon Smith is QIO for Professional Learning and Leadership at Fife Council and previously served as Senior Education Officer at the GTCS where she was involved in the TIDS working group.

The panel discussed a wide range of issues and engaged in discussion with the audience who represented a broad range of stakeholder groups within the Scottish education system.

Some of the key themes explored were:

  • Closing the awareness gap of anti-racism
  • The mutating nature of racism in 2022
  • Attractiveness of teaching as a career to BAME students
  • Data- do we have enough/the right kind?
  • Plans and positive action
  • Perceptions and misconceptions of diversity in the profession
  • The curriculum and pedagogy
  • Mainstreaming anti-racism
  • Leadership of anti-racism
  • BAME representation in educational leadership
  • From mentorship to sponsorship
  • Centring the voices of BAME young people, parents and teachers.


If you would like to watch or listen to the event in full please use the links below:




This event was the first in a series of PL events we have planned before the summer exploring these issues in more depth and from different perspectives.

Future events will focus on learning from the stories of minority ethic teachers, parents and learners and exploring international perspectives on the unique opportunities and challenges in addressing these issues in the Scottish context.

In addition to the upcoming professional learning events, we will also be sharing blogs from different thinkers to stimulate discussion and challenge our thinking around these issues.

If you are interested in learning more about our programme or contributing to future events please contact Kevin Brack, Senior Teaching Fellow in Educational Leadership at or follow our Teacher Education Partnership on Twitter @UoETEPartners our hashtag is #UoETeachEd


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