LGBT issues in education

Matthew Davidson made this Freedom of Information request to North Lanarkshire Council

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Matthew Davidson

Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

(1) Please could you indicate the number of homophobic incidents targeted at pupils, reported in each of your schools (listed individually by name and number) that were reported in the 2016 - 2017 academic year?

(2) Please could you indicate the number of homophobic incidents targeted at staff, reported in each of your schools (listed individually by name and number) that were reported in the 2016 - 2017 academic year?

(3) Please indicate which of your schools have received staff training on dealing with LGBT issues and from whom (e.g. from a specific external organisation or the council).

(4) Please list which schools have either achieved Bronze, Silver or Gold, or are registered with LGBT Youth Scotland's School Charter Mark.

(5) For clarity and to put the above into perspective, please indicate the total number of schools in your council.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Davidson

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Davidson

I acknowledge receipt of your e-mail which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
for Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
01698 302232

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McKay Neil, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Davidson,

 

Request for Information

 

I refer to your email dated 15 June 2017 seeking information in relation
to LGBT issues in Education.

 

Having investigated my response to your queries numbered 1 to 5 is as
follows:-

 

(1)&(2) I regret to advise you that there is no central data set that
records the number of homophobic incidents targeted at either pupils or
staff in North Lanarkshire schools.  Such information would be held by
individual schools and to compile these figures each of the 156 schools in
North Lanarkshire would have to search through various sets of records,
including individual pupil and staff files.  That, as you will appreciate,
would be highly labour intensive and I have to advise that the cost of so
doing would exceed the amount prescribed for the purposes of Section 12 of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

(3)        The following secondary schools have received training provided
by North Lanarkshire Council in conjunction with NHS Lanarkshire and the
Terrance Higgins Trust:-

 

Airdrie Academy

Bellshill Academy

Braidhurst High

Brannock High

Cardinal Newman High

Chryston High

Clyde Valley High

Coltness High

Cumbernauld Academy

Dalziel High

Greenfaulds High

Kilsyth Academy

Our Ladys High, Cumbernauld

Our Ladys High, Motherwell

St Andrews High

St Margarets High

 

In addition the following primary schools have received training from NHS
Lanarkshire:-

 

St Marys, Caldercruix

Westfield Primary

Whitelees Primary

Cumbernauld Primary

Muirhouse Primary

Our Lady and St Francis Primary

Rochsolloch Primary

St Patricks Primary

Stane Primary

Thornlie Primary

 

 

(4)        The following secondary schools are registered and working
towards their bronze award:-

 

            Cumbernauld Academy

            Our Ladys High, Motherwell

            Bellshill Academy

            Brannock High

            Coltness High

            Clyde Valley High

 

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions,
Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if
you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write
to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions.

 

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be in writing
or in another form which, by reason of it having some permanency is
capable of being used for subsequent reference, must state the name of the
applicant and an address for correspondence and must specify the request
for information to which the requirement for review relates, the matter
which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the original
decision of the local authority and the matter which gives rise to the
applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review by the local
authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such a decision. 
The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrew’s

KY16  9DS

www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

email: [email address]

 

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Democratic and Legal Services

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street

Motherwell

ML1 1 AB

Tel : 01698 302 484

 

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