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Urgent action is needed to tackle the rise in far-right nationalism, the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union heard today.

Representatives at the Conference, which is being held in Birmingham, debated the growing problem of hate crime, and particularly its harmful impact on children and young people.

The NASUWT will lobby Governments and Administrations to invest in new education programmes to promote diversity and mutual understanding.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“We are alarmed by the incidence of far-right extremism and hate crimes in the UK.

“Over the last decade, the Government has peddled a hostile environment agenda which has created the conditions for hatred to flourish.

“Official numbers of reported hate crimes have risen to more than 124,000 a year across England and Wales.

“Nearly three-quarters of these hate crimes were racially motivated-increasing by 12% in just a year.

“Schools are not immune, as children and young people are often exposed to hate speech on social media and elsewhere.

“More needs to be done to examine and address the problem of extremism within schools and colleges.

“Concerted government-level action is urgently needed to support schools in tackling the problem and to support pupils and teachers who have been targeted and victimised.

“Anti-racism must be central to the curriculum and schools and colleges must also be supported and equipped to provide a curriculum that challenges all forms of bigotry, prejudice and hatred.”

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