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 Mark Walker,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST
BNP Teachers - Bexley - our reference 9/796
I acknowledge your request for information received on 3rd December
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Dear Mr Walker
RE: Freedom of Information - BNP Teachers
I am responding to your FOI request of 3 December 2009 as stated above.
Your request is under consideration and would like to apologise on behalf
of the Council that on this occasion we could not meet the statutory
deadline. A response will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.
Partnerships & Performance
Directorate of Children's and Young People's Services
020 8836 8333
From: Sunmonu, Ola
Sent: 07 January 2010 11:13
To: '[FOI #24185 email]'
Cc: Unsted, Carolyn; Dehaney, Lea; Freedom of Information; Harker,
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - BNP Teachers - our reference
<<Maurice review core_evidence_questions final nov 09.doc>>
Dear Mr Walker
RE: Freedom of Information request - BNP Teachers
I am writing in response to your FOI request of 3 December 2009.
The questions asked are the same as those in the Maurice Smith review
consultation, the result of which will be published. I attach London
Borough of Bexley's submission to this review.
I hope that this information will assist in answering your request.
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request please contact:
Mr Chris Loynes, Head of Citizenship and Members Services, Room 338,
Bexley Council, Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7LB or by email to
You can also complain to the Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700 www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
Partnerships & Performance Team
0208 836 8333.