Speaking about the “Take it seriously”: Children’s experiences of racism within secondary schools report from the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Mary van den Heuvel, Senior Policy Officer for the National Education Union Cymru, said:
"NEU Cymru is deeply concerned by this report, which mirrors the experience of Black staff, who report a rise in racism in our schools and colleges with both Black students and staff facing varying degrees of racist abuse.
"NEU Cymru believes that all forms of racism must be challenged and that more must be done to support all learners and staff to feel safe and supported to understand and address this behaviour, and to feel valued and listened to in schools.
"NEU Cymru works with Show Racism the Red Card, and NEU has an Anti-racism Charter, which makes the case for promoting racial equality through education. Welsh Government has an opportunity through the Curriculum for Wales to help embed the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan in our schools, and through supporting and empowering the education workforce."