Dinh, Penny

Dinh, Penny
Start date:
October 2021
Research Topic:
Towards a racially diverse education workforce in Wales
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Prof Sin Yi Cheung and Prof Mike Handford
Supervising school:
Ysgol y Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol,
Primary funding source:

In Wales, people of colour (PoC) only make up 1.3% of schoolteachers (Education Workforce Council 2021) despite accounting for 5.5% of the population (StatsWales 2020). The underrepresentation of people of colour (PoC) in the education workforce in Wales means that children of colour in Wales are unlikely to be taught by a teacher who looks like them.

My research will investigate reasons behind this underrepresentation of PoC in the education workforce in Wales by looking at the experience of PoC in the sector: their motivations, their perception of the job, their retention intention and career ambitions. I will explore how race and racism shape the experience of teachers of colour at different steps of entering their profession: initial teacher training (ITT), recruitment process, and after gaining employment in the sector. My research will be grounded in the Critical Race Theory (CRT) framework, which centres the experience of PoC, foregrounds and accounts for the role of racism at education institutions, and rejects claims of neutrality and meritocracy at these institutions.

The findings from my research will allow us to design policy interventions to improve the experience of PoC at different stages of their teaching careers so that they can thrive and retain in their profession.