Teachers report ‘racist bullying’

Nearly half of teachers say racist bullying is a problem in their schools, a survey has found.

A Teachers TV survey of 802 teachers found two thirds said their schools had no policy on such bullying, and many worried about religious intolerance.

A third of teachers said more training would help them tackle the problem.

The government said all schools should have a strong anti-bullying policy, which should also include measures to tackle racist bullying.

Teachers TV questioned 802 teachers to coincide with its anti-racism week.

One in five said they were aware of Islamophobia in their schools.

Some of those who said racist bullying was a problem said teachers had been targeted.

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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