Schools: Racist Incidents - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 18th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon Labour 3:00 pm, 18th February 2019

My Lords, as you are aware, my interest in this subject is around the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, where schools are given a definition of a racist incident and what they are expected to do in the circumstances, which is to record, report and publish. In researching online, I found it difficult to find any results on this. All I could find was material about filling in forms. An academy in Swindon said that:

“Schools should be aware that there is no … requirement to collect data relating to racial incident reporting as academy schools are not obliged to share this information with the LA”.

The Parent Zone website states that:

“Schools are required to record and respond to racist incidents”.

What steps have the Government taken to make sure that schools take racist incidents seriously and report and publish them on an annual basis?