Racist Abuse and Discriminatory Practices - press release
Monday 9 April 2012
Commenting after the debate on Motion 49, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;
“The NUT is resolute in its determination to address issues of inequality in education.
“Conference is highlighting a significant concern among black teachers that capability procedures are increasingly used disproportionately against them. This is a disturbing trend and with this motion we can start to shine a light on how commonplace this chain of events has become.
“Schools and local authorities are not specifically required to monitor or provide monitoring statistics for incidents of racist abuse. As a consequence there is scant information on the extent of racist abuse in schools. This is wholly unacceptable.
“Government must reconsider the clear need for data gathering on this issue, to assist in calling schools, local authorities and other public bodies to account. All of us must ensure that every school is free from racism and its damaging effects.”