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16 Racial Discrimination
7. Discrimination at school or college
It is against the law for a school or college to discriminate against or harass you or your child:
The school or college must deal with any racial harassment or abuse by staff. It is also against the law for a local education authority to discriminate when assessing a child’s special needs.
If you feel your child is facing racial discrimination, you should, in the first instance, try to discuss the problem with the teacher or head teacher. The Department for Education and Skills has information about dealing with this (see ‘Further help’ for contact details).
If that doesn’t work, complain to the school governors or the local education authority. If you need to, you can get advice on what to do from:
See ‘Further help’ for details.
If you are a student, your college or university should have an equal opportunities policy for students as well as staff.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with the Commission for Racial Equality.
The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.
Leaflet Version: July 2017