Primary and secondary school responses to emerging racial tension In inner city schools there’s a new kind of racial conflict – between ethnic groups. Small incidents, like an argument in a lunch queue can escalate. When fights break out, students divide along racial lines.
In Birmingham, schools are fighting to keep out gang violence. In one secondary, the head calls an emergency assembly to talk about a fight at the school gate.
In a Brent secondary, a new group has arrived at the school, from Afghanistan, and is vulnerable to attack.
In Tower Hamlets, primary schools are starting early by encouraging pupils to spot racism and teaching them strategies to avoid joining in. With its Bangladeshi majority, the most likely targets for racial abuse are the newest arrivals, from Somalia.