PE01840: Addressing racism in Scottish education


Petitioner: Debora Kayembe on behalf of The Freedom Walk


Date Lodged: 09 November 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to urgently address racism in the Scottish education system by—

  • implementing anti-racist education in the classroom;
  • delivering anti-racist training to all school staff and;
  • record, monitor and address racist incidents in schools

Petition History:



16 December 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report of Meeting 16 December 2020

10 February 2021: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government has initiated a new programme of work focussed on curriculum reform, diversity in the teaching profession, racism and racist bullying and professional learning and leadership which will explore the issues raised by the petition, Education Scotland delivers training at all levels of teaching that supports the development of anti-racist practice and schools and local authorities have their own procedures for recording racist incidents, either through their own systems or SEEMIS, the school management information system. The Committee also agreed to write to the Deputy First Minster and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. Link to Official Report of Meeting 10 February 2021

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