WQ89992 (e) Tabled on 30/11/2023

What assessment has the Minister made of the Children's Commissioner for Wales's report on children's experiences of racism in secondary school?

Answered by Minister for Education and the Welsh Language | Answered on 07/12/2023

The Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan, launched in June 2022 sets out a number of actions which aim to embed anti-racism within our education system and create a truly anti-racist Wales by 2030.  

The Action Plan sets out the evidence and context of racism in the education system in Wales. The Action Plan acknowledges that children and young people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities experience barriers to education and learning due to racism.

I met with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales at a quarterly meeting on 14th November, during which we discussed the publication of her report “Take it Seriously”: children’s experiences of racism in secondary schools, published on 28th November.

While this report makes for difficult reading, it is vital that we listen to children and young people and effectively address the issues they are facing in education. I will carefully consider the Children’s Commissioner’s recommendations and respond in due course.