Schools: Bullying

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 13th May 2009.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many racist incidents were recorded in schools in (a) Leicester City local education authority and (b) England in each of the last five years.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

We are unable to provide figures for the number of racist bullying incidents in schools as this information is not collected centrally. Our bullying guidance recommends currently that schools record incidents of bullying and use the data to monitor their anti-bullying policies, and that local authorities use the data to identify trends and to evaluate area-wide initiatives. The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 places a general, enforceable duty on all schools (and other public bodies) to: eliminate unlawful racial discrimination; promote equality of opportunity; and promote good relations between people of different racial groups.

We intend to introduce a new statutory duty on schools to record all incidents of bullying between pupils early next year, and will specifically consult on whether schools should be obliged to record racist bullying incidents and report these incidents to their local authority.

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