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How we support people from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds to become teachers.

First published:
31 January 2024
Last updated:


Our Initial teacher education Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic recruitment plan looks at what can be done to increase recruitment onto initial teacher education (ITE) programmes. 

We review progress and update this plan in line with developments. 

ITE partnership recruitment plans 

ITE partnerships are working to attract people from ethnic minority backgrounds into teaching and support them through the process. This is to ensure that any issues of discrimination are dealt with appropriately.

ITE partnerships have developed and published recruitment plans to support this work. These show how they will encourage and support more people from ethnic minority backgrounds to become teachers. The Education Workforce Council (EWC) is supporting ITE partnerships to deliver the actions in these plans:

ITE partnerships review progress against their plans. Updates are made where required. 

Support for people to become teachers

Educators Wales 

For those considering a career in education, Educators Wales offer:

  • information, advice, and support 
  • application and interview workshops for students from ethnic minority backgrounds applying for ITE programmes 
  • promotional activity and outreach events in minority ethnic communities across Wales
  • a jobs portal, one of the biggest for the education sector in Wales

ITE partnerships

ITE Partnerships are the providers of teacher training. They may offer support:

  • before the application process
  • during the application process
  • throughout ITE programmes

You should speak directly to the ITE partnership you want to apply to. They will be able to confirm what support they provide. 

ITE incentives for students from ethnic minority backgrounds 

A £5,000 grant is available through The Ethnic Minority Initial Teacher Education Incentive Scheme. To get this incentive, students must:

  • be on an accredited postgraduate ITE programme that leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • meet the eligibility criteria, including ethnicity criteria 

Diversity and Anti-racist Professional Learning (DARPL) 

DARPL is a professional learning community. DARPL supports those working in education to develop:

  • an understanding of anti-racism
  • anti-racist practices

DARPL has a virtual campus. The campus provides free of charge access to:

Teaching Wales YouTube channel 


Hear about what it’s like to be a teacher in Wales on our Teaching Wales YouTube channel.