Racism in Schools Exposed by Report; Reluctance to Report Offences Revealed in England's Establishments

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Byline: Alison Kershaw

RACISM is still an issue in England's schools, with pupils and teachers showing racist behaviour, research published today suggests.

More than four-fifths (83%) of teachers questioned said they had witnessed racist attitudes or behaviour amongst their students.

This included name calling, comments, jokes and stereotyping of different races.

These attitudes were not restricted to pupils, as almost a third of those questioned (31%) said they had also seen similar behaviour amongst teachers.

In some cases, they used racist terminology, or had lower expectations of ethnic minority pupils. Some interviewees had come across "teachers with racist attitudes, for example those who were dismissive of the Asian pupils due to perceived language issues".

The study, by anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card, supported by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), is based on a survey of 148 teachers, plus interviews, pupil observations and a research journal.

It aims to investigate the issues of racism and inequality in the education system.

More than a third (39%) of those questioned said they had not received any training in tackling racism. …