ONE in 10 Oxfordshire teachers are BAME, new figures have revealed.

Of the 5,424 teachers in the county who provided their ethnicity to the School Workforce Census this year, 10 per cent are BAME, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

This is an increase in diversity from the 8 per cent recorded in 2010-11.

Across England, the proportion of BAME teachers has risen from 11 to 14 per cent over the same period.

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Separate data from the ONS has shown the risk of death involving coronavirus is ‘significantly higher’ among some ethnic groups than for white people, with black men and women more than four times as likely to die from Covid-19.

A report by BAMEed, a group attempting to diversify the teaching sector, says a ‘bespoke health and wellbeing offer’ is needed for BAME workers.

It adds: “Risk assessment should be carried out for all staff, but especially for BAME staff as a priority, so that a personalised risk mitigation plan can be put in place for each member of staff.”