‘Nearly half of female teachers experience discrimination’

Some 48% of female teachers have experienced discrimination, with 13% claimed they had experienced pregnancy and maternity discrimination, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham surveyed 356 education leaders, including teachers, heads and governors. Of the 171 people who claimed they had faced discrimination, the most common form was sex discrimination [22%], followed by age discrimination.

Ninety five per cent of respondents were women. Some 49% reported having witnessed discrimination happening to someone else in their workplace. They claimed a big bias towards white men and said men were promoted above better qualified women and women’s opinions were not listened to.

Many complained about career progression problems after returning from maternity leave.



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