More than 87,000 Racist Incidents Recorded in Schools

Divya Talwar, BBC News, May 22, 2012

Nearly 88,000 racist incidents were recorded in Britain’s schools between 2007 and 2011, the BBC has found.

Data from 90 areas shows 87,915 cases of racist bullying, which can include name calling and physical abuse.

Birmingham recorded the highest number of incidents at 5,752, followed by Leeds with 4,690. Carmarthenshire had the lowest number with just 5 cases.

A racist incident is defined as any situation perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.

In response to the local authority figures, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, the Department for Education said racism needed to be “rooted out”.

Lawrence inquiry

Following the inquiry into the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence, the previous government said schools in England and Wales must monitor and report all incidents of racist abuse to their local authority.

However, the coalition government has changed that guidance and schools now have no duty to record and report the data.

Between 2007 and 2010—the last year that heads had an obligation to record cases—recorded racist incidents in schools in England, Scotland and Wales rose from 22,285 to 23,971.

Many areas including Luton, Oldham, Croydon, Bedford and Middlesbrough saw an increase of 40% or more over the period 2007/08 to 2009/10.

In Cardiff, there was a 32% increase in cases of racism in schools in that time from 186 to 246.

In Aberdeenshire, cases rose by two cases in the same period from 22 to 24 and in Angus from 13 to 16.

In 2010/11, when the new reporting guidelines came into force, reported cases of racist bullying fell to 18,996.

‘Tip of iceberg’

Sarah Soyei, of the anti-racism educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card (SRRC), said: “Unfortunately, the numbers of recorded racist incidents are just the tip of the iceberg.

“Racism is a very real issue in many classrooms around the country, but cases of racist bullying are notoriously underreported.

“Often teachers may not be aware of racism in their classrooms because victims are scared of reporting them out of fear of making the situation worse.”

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “These numbers are disappointingly high—we would really hope this is not the tip of the iceberg.

“Clearly were would not want any cases of racist abuse or racism in any of our schools.”

Many local education authorities say that the increase in reported incidents—up until 2010/11 when the guidance changed—is due to better recording methods.

However, anti-racism charities say that it is a growing problem in many regions.

“We are seeing a real increase in racism in some areas which is down to factors like a growth of Islamaphobia in society which is filtering into classrooms,” said Ms Soyei.

“Racism towards eastern European and gypsy and traveller communities is also on the increase,” she added.

Teaching unions say the key to tackling the problem in schools is through education for both teachers and students.

Charities have been delivering anti-racism lessons in schools across the country in an attempt to educate young people against racism.


But both unions and anti-racism charities fear that the government’s new reporting guidance of racism in schools is a mistake.

“It is not just a box ticking exercise, we absolutely do need recording and reporting of all racist incidents,” said Christine Blower.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “Racism needs to be rooted out wherever it occurs, and particularly in schools, where every child has the right to learn in an environment free from prejudice.”

The department defended the change in its guidance for schools.

“It is teachers and parents—not central government—that know what is happening in their schools, and they are best placed to deal with racist behaviour when it happens.

“We would expect all schools to implement their own processes to ensure they are dealing with racist incidents in the most appropriate way, rather than being bogged down with paperwork from the centre—which can sometimes mean that the most serious cases of racism are not dealt with.”

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  • Anan7

    Why isn’t the mass miscegenation and immigration into White homelands considered racist?

    Allow me to quote the mantra which will no doubt be quoted often here: “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White”.

  • JohnEngelman

    This article makes no mention of the races of the racists. It is often dangerous to be part of a white minority in a black majority school. 

  • Church_of_Jed

    “The only cure for White racism is our extermination, and they know that. They know that our very presence in a world full of ugliness and inferiority causes our racism against what it ugly and
    inferior to manifest as naturally as sunlight manifests brightness. When they say anti-racism, they reall mean White genocide.”

    -Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “The darkness and hatred that is the Diversity mind,” 2001

  • Detroit_WASP

    even though it doesn’t have a racial breakout of the crimes such as black on white or
    black on asian, white on black (read as cover-up of the facts)….we all KNOW that only whites are capable of being
    “racist” and we don’t even know we are “racist” because we
    suffer from the “ignorance of privilege”

  • Texan1st

    Racial incidents were not a problem prior to Labour unleashing swarms of non-Whites onto the indigenous population of (once) Great Britain.

  • JackKrak

    So predictable that the BBC goes to an “anti-racism educational charity” for comment.

    Now THEY wouldn’t have an agenda in this affair, would they?

    • Orion_Blue

      The BBC is an organisation that is wholly funded through a protected tax called ‘the licence fee’, therefore it is a kind of charity of sorts.

      In the UK it is a civil offence to operate a television set and technically, a radio receiver, without paying a tax. We do not even have a licensing system to determine who is allowed to procreate. As the terrible toll on standards can defeatedly attest.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    A racist incident is defined as any situation perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.
    Perceived to be racist?
    By any other person?
    How marxist is that? Anybody can be offended by anything!
    Anyway, I remember when Labour brought this piece of legislation out; there were reported cases of 4 and 5 year olds being reported to the local council for Hate Crimes! because they said “Ugh” to Indian food – food they were not used to eating.
    Stories like this remind me why I hate the Left; they are ruthless, and will even abuse children for not kow-towing to the PC paradigm.

    Rev. Jed DeValleyism “We need to explore beneath the tip of the iceberg to fully appreciate the riches beneath” 2012.

  • Just sick sick sick, these anti-racist traitors are clinically mentally ill and probably clinically psychotic.  They need an all expense paid vacation to Iraq or Syria or Yemen or any other Muslim hell hole for some “diversity awareness training.”

    • Orion_Blue

      The alternative, which would be far cheaper, would be an extended sabatocal outside their gated communities and into the benighted hell holes the rest of us occupy.

  • UNTIL the children in Western societies can instill fear in VICIOUS minorities at an early age – the west will fail. 

  • Johnny Reb

    There’s a very simple way to end racism.  It can literally end it OVERNIGHT:

    Just ship all the non-whites back to where they came from.  

    You’ll immediately see all sorts of statistics take a sharp drop . . .

    Gang violence?  Down.  Muggings?  Down.  Pickpockets?  Down.  Rape?  Down.  Murder?  Down.  Welfare?  Down.  Dirty streets?  Down.  Over-crowding in schools?  Down.   Child predators?  Down.  

    See how easy it is?

  • MekongDelta69

    A racist incident is defined as any situation perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.

    This is the same country which held out against Hitler. As fast and as far as we’ve sunk, if I need to be buoyed up for 2 mins., I just read every article from the UK.

    I’ll be right back – I have to go root out some racism. Maybe in the back yard. Yeah, I think I see a white carnation saying bad things to a black dahlia. I’d better ‘nip this in the bud.’

  • So “racism” is anything a non-white says it is, on the other hand a gang of blacks dragging a white guy out of a bar and knifing him to death, well that’s just an everday crime.

    • Orion_Blue

      Or it could be ‘an understandable expression of frustration to historical injustices or some such claptrap.

  • sbuffalonative

    “A racist incident is defined as any situation perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.”

    *No proof required.

  • A racist incident is defined as any situation perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.

    Then nobody is legally allowed to say or do anything to anyone else.  Anyone can interpret anything as “racism.” 

    • Orion_Blue

      Indeed, that seems to be the intent.

  • ageofknowledge

    And now the UK is in a double-dip recession too. Things are going to unravel in jolly old England.