And some warn classroom racism, sexism and homophobia is on the rise
A THIRD of teachers have had no training in dealing with hate speech, research released yesterday shows.
The study, carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), found that 22 per cent of staff have observed hate crime or hate speech over the past year.
Some teachers said the problem of hate speech — such as racism, sexism and homophobia — had increased over the past year.
A motion to be debated at the union’s conference in Liverpool today will note the 41 per cent increase in hate crimes in the months that followed the Brexit vote in June 2016.
Instances reported to the union included children labelling classmates “terrorists” before excusing it as a joke.
Fifty-three per cent said their school provided adequate support for reporting such incidents. But 33 per cent said they had not received any training on how to deal with hate crime or speech.
And 84 per cent said kids should be taught about discrimination and hate crime in mandatory personal, social and health education (PSHE) and sex education lessons.
ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said: “All schools should have robust bullying policies in place that cover how to deal with incidents of hate crime and speech.
“We hope that schools can support staff to educate young people in recognising and challenging hate crimes and hate speech wherever they occur.”
The survey also found that 66 per cent of teachers believe cyberbullying has increased in the last two years.
Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said: “Being bullied can have a deep impact on a child’s mental health. Worryingly the results of this poll not only show the scale of bullying in UK schools but also that the problem is getting worse.”