The Teachers’ Union of Ireland today highlighted that as many as 46% of respondents to a survey reported a racist incident taking place in their school in the previous month. This compares to 25% reporting the same this time last year.Marketing company Behaviour and Attitudes (B&A) last year conducted independent research among teachers and lecturers on the issue of interculturalism, racism and resources for minority ethnic students.
- An immediate lifting of the block on appointments to middle management positions
- Schools with a high number of Minority Ethnic Students should have the services of a dedicated Home School Community Liaison Service
- Schools/colleges/centres should have access to translation/interpretation/cultural mediation services where such services are required for minority ethnic students and their parents/guardians
- Additional posts of responsibility should be provided in schools/colleges which have a high proportion of minority ethnic students
- Minority ethnic students should be entitled to a dedicated career guidance service. Extra hours for guidance should be assigned to schools where there are significant numbers of minority ethnic students and these hours should be reserved unequivocally for these students
- The school/college code of behaviour should be very clear that racist comments, gestures or acts are not acceptable. Indeed all students irrespective of race should be dealt with consistency in the school/college code of behaviour
- Every school should have a policy on anti-racism. Such a policy should provide as a minimum that all racist incidents be thoroughly investigated. Procedures to deal with such incidents should be clearly outlined
- Every school/college/centre should have a specific formal procedure which is followed if a racist incident occurs
- There should be a structure in place with resources to have teaching hours available at second level/further education/third for minority ethnic students level who require English language support. In light of global expertise, the provision of English language support should be extended beyond two years for students who still need extra tuition in English
- Inservice courses on intercultural education should be provided for all teachers/lecturers.
A quantitative survey of 442 second and third level teachers was conducted by marketing company Behaviour & Attitudes via self-completion methodology