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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16186: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it collates ethnicity data in relation to the recruitment of teachers.

Answered by: John Swinney 8 May 2018

The Scottish Government does not collate ethnicity data in relation to the recruitment of teachers. Teacher recruitment and the collation of data is a matter for local authorities.

The Equality Act 2010 (the 2010 Act) requires public authorities to: eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation; advance equality of opportunity; and to foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not. This is known as the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).

Through the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 the Scottish Government has introduced a number of measures to ensure that public authorities comply with the Equality Act’s provisions. These include enhanced data collection, greater transparency and the assessment of new, revised and existing policies.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is responsible for compliance with the Act, and the Scottish Government works closely with the Commission who have produced a suite of technical guidance on the delivery of the public sector equality duty in Scotland that can be found at: