Mark Walker made this Freedom of Information request to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council
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Dear Sir or Madam,
By letter of 30 September 2009, The Secretary of State Ed Balls appointed Maurice Smith to enquire into the "promotion of racism in schools". Part of the review is aimed at determining whether members of the British National Party (BNP) should be allowed to work as teachers or in the wider school workforce.
At present there are a number of measures and safeguards in place in place to protect children and young people in schools from racially motivated discrimination and the promotion of political doctrines that advocate discrimination and promote racist views. These are:
• The requirement on schools to have equal opportunity policies
• The duty upon schools to promote racial equality
• Their duty to promote community cohesion
• The duty on governing bodies, headteachers and local authorities to forbid the teaching of partisan political activities in schools
• The powers of the GTC (England) regarding suitability of registration and where teacher conduct could bring the profession into disrepute
I would like you to provide me with evidence of how effective these measures are including whether they are sufficient to maintain trust in the profession and protect children and young people.
Please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
1) What evidence is there that schools’ equal opportunity policies are effective in combating racism?
2) What are schools in your area doing to promote racial equality and promote community cohesion? Examples of measures deemed to be good practice and recognised as being successful would be useful.
3) Can you provide me with any evidence that the measures listed above have been effective (if this has not already been done)?
4) Are further measures required to either maintain trust in the teaching profession or protect children and young people?
Solidarity Trade Union
Dear Mr Walker
REF: 2009/COR0814 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION- INFORMATION REQUEST
I acknowledge your request received on 14 December 2009
Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.
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Senior Information Management Officer
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Information Management Team/Finance & Corporate Services
2nd Floor, Hammersmith Town Hall Extension
London W6 9JU
DL: 020 8753 2455
Director of Finance & Corporate Services: Jane West
Solidarity Trade Union 15 January 2010
Dear Mr Walker,
REF: 2009/COR0814 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST
Your request for information has now been considered and the information requested is attached:
If you are dissatisfied in any way you may write to the Information Manager, Business Technology, 2nd Floor, Hammersmith Town Hall Extension, London W6 9JU.
Once you have exhausted the complaints procedure you may appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF Telephone: 01625 545 700, http://www.ico.gov.uk
Schools information & communications manager
Hammersmith & Fulham Children's Services
London W6 0LJ
Tel 020 8753 3668
Fax 020 8753 3708
Director Children's Services Andrew Christie
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nutty (Account suspended) left an annotation ()
No one likes Nazis, Mark