21 Nov 2014Ms Diane Abbott MP
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to prevent and reduce Islamophobia in primary and secondary schools.
Answered by: Mr Edward Timpson MP on: 27 November 2014
The Department for Education is committed to tackling Islamophobia and all other forms of prejudice in our schools. We want every school to promote fundamental British values, including mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Citizenship education, as part of the new national curriculum, should cover the diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding. We have also strengthened teachers’ powers and provided additional funding to deal with bullying, including racist bullying. Ofsted inspections include consideration of how well schools prevent bullying and tackle harassment and discrimination, as required by the Equality Act 2010.