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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16495: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 8 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that education authorities meet their obligations under the Equality Act 2010 to work to (a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, and victimisation, (b) advance equality of opportunity and (c) foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not, in relation to bullying.

Answered by: John Swinney 21 May 2018

Bullying of any form is entirely unacceptable and we must challenge and address all types of bullying behaviour in schools. We want all children and young people to learn tolerance, respect, equality and good citizenship to address and prevent prejudice.

Education authorities are covered by the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (as amended), which sets out a number specific duties for public authorities, including: publishing equality outcomes, assessing policies and practices against the requirements of the public sector equality duty; publishing employee information; and reporting on the mainstreaming of equality throughout the organisation.

Education authorities publish regular reports, either in their own right or as part of a local authority, on the work they are doing to deliver the public sector equality duty. Regulation of the Equality Act 2010, including the 2012 Regulations, is carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Education Scotland is responsible for inspecting all schools in Scotland (local authority and independent) against the same quality indicators as part of assessing How Good is Your school (HGIOS4).