Schools: Racial Discrimination:Written question - 169781

Q
Asked by Laura Smith
(Crewe and Nantwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Racial Discrimination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what measures have been put in place for schools to deal with racist incidents.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 11 September 2018

Racism has no place in our schools and any incident is unacceptable.

In July 2017 the Department updated its anti-bullying guidance. This guidance makes it clear that where a school thinks an incident might constitute an offence, they should seek assistance from the police. All schools are required by law to have a behaviour policy which sets expectations of behaviour and outlines measures to prevent all forms of bullying, including racist bullying. Schools have the freedom to develop their own anti-bullying strategies appropriate to their environment but are held to account by Ofsted. The anti-bullying guidance refers schools to sources of support on preventing and tackling bullying based on race, religion and nationality.

This guidance can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and-tackling-bullying.

The Department funds and supports anti-bullying organisations that help schools prevent and tackle bullying. This includes the Free to Be project led by the Anne Frank Trust, which provides a structured approach for young people to discuss the importance of tackling prejudice, discrimination and bullying.

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