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.

Please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1. Has your authority ever found a member of the BNP or any other political Party guilty of a disciplinary offence related to their Party membership in the last three years? If so please give information as to when and how many.
2. Has any parent complained to you regarding the Party membership of any employee or the expression of political views within School classrooms under your authority during the last three years?
3. What safeguards do you currently have in place to prevent members of any political Party promoting their views within Schools?

Mark Walker
Solidarity Trade Union
www.solidaritytradeunion.org

WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

FOI/09/568

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WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Dear Mr Walker,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your recent request received on the 9th October 2009.

We have considered your request and enclose the following information:

1. Has your authority ever found a member of the BNP or any other
political Party guilty of a disciplinary offence related to their Party
membership in the last three years? If so please give information as to
when and how many.

2. Has any parent complained to you regarding the Party membership of any
employee or the expression of political views within School classrooms
under your authority during the last three years?

Caerphilly county borough council has not been involved in any cases where
a member of the BNP or any other political party has been found guilty of
a disciplinary offence related to party membership in the last three
years.

Caerphilly county borough council 's Education and Customer Services has
not received a complaint of in relation to party membership or the
expression of political views within school classrooms within the last
three years.

The schools in the Caerphilly county borough council area are separate
entities from Caerphilly county borough council for the purposes of the
Freedom of Information Act. Therefore you may wish to contact the schools
directly with these questions, as they may have been involved in cases or
received complaints that match your criteria and not informed Caerphilly
county borough council. I enclose a link to the contact details of
Caerphilly county borough schools, which is available from our website:

[1]http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/application...

3. What safeguards do you currently have in place to prevent members of
any political Party promoting their views within Schools?

Employees who are in politically restricted posts are notified by letter
that their post is politically restricted and the letter outlines the
activities that the employee is or is not allowed to undertake. This
exercise is undertaken regularly and a list of posts notified to the
Council's Legal section.

Teachers are also governed by the General Teaching Council for Wales Code
of Conduct and the authorities Code of Conduct for Employees.

We supply this based on your original request. If this is not what you
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Yours sincerely,

CARL EVANS
ASSISTANT INFORMATION OFFICER

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Stuart Rosser,
Caerphilly county borough council,
Nelson Road,
Tredomen,
Ystrad Mynach,
Hengoed. CF82 7WF

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Information Commissioner's Office - Wales,
Cambrian Buildings,
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Cardiff, CF10 5FL

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