Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion fig­ures

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

THE fig­ures re­leased in the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest are for the 2010/11 school year.

Of all the pri­mary schools 96 per cent re­turned data to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil with 20 schools re­port­ing no in­ci­dents.

There were 135 racist in­ci­dents. Only 84 were clas­si­fied, 92 per schools be­tween 2007 and 2011 with the fig­ures ob­tained by the BBC Asian Net­work through Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests.

In this time Birm­ing­ham was at the top of the ta­ble with 5,752 cases, fol­lowed by Leeds at 4,690. Car­marthen­shire in South Wales recorded just five cases.

Ful­bridge Pri­mary School, in New Eng­land, was se­lected as a shin­ing ex­am­ple of how dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and eth­nic­i­ties can in­te­grate by the na­tional me­dia when head­teacher Iain Er­sk­ine was in­vited onto BBC Ra­dio 5 Live yes­ter­day.

He said he has not re­ported a case of racism to the coun­cil but said it would be fool­ish to think there were not un­re­ported in­ci­dents.

He said: “It would be naive to sug­gest it never hap­pens but we haven’t had to re­port any in­ci­dents. cent was ver­bal abuse; six per cent vi­o­lent; and two per cent were non co-op­er­a­tion.

All 11 sec­ondary schools re­turned data record­ing 88 racist in­ci­dents.

Of these, 56 cat­e­gorised with 89 per cent ver­bal abuse and 11 per cent vi­o­lence.

“We re­ally get very, very few. We start from a very early age and just say that any form of bul­ly­ing is not ac­cept­able. The chil­dren all know that.

“I think it is made eas­ier by be­ing a very multi-cul­tural school. We also have a range of spe­cial needs chil­dren.

“With all the dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties it gen­er­ates a cul­ture of di­ver­sity. All the chil­dren can see that we all look dif­fer­ent but ac­tu­ally we are all the same.”

About 30 dif­fer­ent lan­guages are spo­ken in the school with about twothirds of pupils speak­ing English as a sec­ond lan­guage. It was re­cently praised by in­spec­tors from Of­sted who gave an out­stand­ing re­port.

Reg­u­lar as­sem­blies and classes are held about race re­la­tions and tol­er­ance in the school.

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