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Racial Harassment: Barnsley

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many racist incidents involving pupils have been recorded at Wombwell secondary school in Barnsley in the academic year (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; (276416)

(2) how many racist incidents involving pupils have been recorded at Darton secondary school in Barnsley in the academic year (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09;

(3) how many racist incidents involving pupils were recorded at Barnsley secondary schools in the academic year (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.

We are unable to provide figures for the number of racist bullying incidents in schools as this information is not collected centrally. Our anti-bullying guidance recommends currently that schools record incidents of racist bullying and report these data to their local authority. It advises schools to use the data to monitor their anti-bullying policies, and local authorities to 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 bullying incidents 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.