Racism is ‘still rife in schools’

Racism is still a major issue in schools and it is increasingly linked to religious intolerance, a survey has found.

Over half (55.1%) of school staff are aware of racist bullying in their schools, according to a Teachers TV poll.

Two thirds (63.8%) of the 800 teachers questioned said racism is an issue in schools, with more than half (56.3%) saying they felt it is linked to religious intolerance.

But two thirds of teachers (68.3%) said their school does not have a strategy to deal with racist bullying.

A third of respondents said they would like more professional development to help them deal with the issue.

Teachers TV chief executive Andrew Bethell said: “The education workforce recognise racism as a significant issue in schools and have expressed a desire for further training and knowledge of how other schools deal with racism.”

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