The rise of racist hate crime including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia should be a real concern to everyone. It is simply unacceptable that in 2019 people still face discrimination in the workplace, school and in their communities, on grounds of religion or ethnicity.

“Schools are well placed to reinforce the importance of a tolerant and inclusive society and the NEU is committed to tackling racism. We are currently producing an Anti-Racist Charter to be published later in the year. It will give clear guidance to schools about the steps they should be taking to ensure that no one, whether school staff or students, suffers racial discrimination. That said, schools cannot control what happens outside of the school gates and Government needs radical economic and social policies to reduce the stark inequality which we know exists in society.”



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