Hate crime offences recorded by West Midlands police, involving children aged 17 and under in and near to schools and colleges, have risen by 52 per cent – from 44 in 2017-18 to 67 in 2018-19.
Saima Razzaq, from an LGBT+ group set up following the protests, said: “I urge Gavin Williamson to act on the failures of his predecessor. The government need to be stronger in their guidance for teachers – there is too much pressure on teachers to deliver an equality strategy with so many grey areas – we need to empower teachers.”
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