Walsall Local Authority recommends that:
- All discriminatory incidents should be recorded.
- Summary information about discriminatory incidents should be regularly reported to governors and parents through the requirement of the Equality Act 2010 to publish equality information annually.
- Schools’ behaviour policies should cover discriminatory incidents and bullying and make clear how staff and pupils should deal with them.
- All teachers should be trained to deal with discriminatory incidents.
- Schools should always advise the police of any criminal activity related to discrimination.
It is not statutory to record and report racist incidents. However, recording and reporting are still widely considered to be good practice, and their importance and value are reinforced by the Equality Act 2010, and by the current Ofsted framework.
Recording incidents enables schools to monitor incidents of prejudice related bullying, identify any actions required to eliminate discrimination, and evaluate whether actions taken are effective.
A suggested form is attached with the essential information but does not allow for wider recording so there needs consideration given to where wider information is recorded in school (behaviour recordings etc).