If my child was labeled homophobic or a bigot, I'd tape the complimentary progress report onto the fridge. 30,000 pupils branded as bigots: Teachers log 'racist' and 'homophobic' jibes in playground squabbles, even at nursery http://www.dail*****.co.uk/news/art...acist-homophobic-bigots-teachers-nursery.html By Sarah Harris Last updated at 11:45 PM on 17th January 2011 More than 10,000 primary school pupils in a single year have been labelled racist or homophobic over minor squabbles. Even toddlers in nursery classes are being penalised for so-called hate crimes such as using the words âwhite trashâ or âgaylordâ. Schools are forced to report their language to education authorities, which keep a register of incidents. Penalised: Primary school pupils are being labelled as bigots over minor squabbles in the playground and so-called hate crimes involving words including 'gaylord' and 'white trash' This leads to at least 30,000 primary and secondary pupils per year being effectively classed as bigots because of anti-bullying rules. The school can also keep the pupilâs name and âoffenceâ on file. The record can be passed from primaries to secondaries or when a pupil moves between schools at the request of the new head. And if schools are asked for a pupil reference by a future employer or a university, the record could be used as the basis for it, meaning the pettiest of incidents has the potential to blight a child for life. Figures for the year 2008-9 were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the civil liberties group, the Manifesto Club. They show 29,659 racist incidents reported by schools to local education authorities in England and Wales. Of these, 10,436 were at primary schools and 41 at nursery schools. Staggering: 112 racists incidents alone were reported by the local education authority in Barnet, North London Birmingham City Council had the highest number of any authority, with 1,607 racist incidents, compared with only two each in the Vale of Glamorgan and Hartlepool. In the majority of cases, the âracistâ spats involved mere name-calling. Yet in 51 cases police became involved, with Hertfordshire schools turning to officers for help in 38 incidents, according to the Manifesto Club report which will be published shortly. A spotlight on just 15 LEAs discovered 341 homophobic incidents logged by schools in 2008-9, including 120 at primaries. A staggering 112 such incidents were reported in Barnet, North London. At one primary, teachers filled out an incident form after three Year Four pupils, aged eight or nine, told a classmate he was âgayâ and could not play with them.Under attack: The report's author Adrian Hart says that these policies misunderstand children profoundly and says they create an illusion of a racism problem in Britain's schools The Manifesto Club reportâs author, Adrian Hart, said: âI feel that childhood itself is under attack. Itâs absolutely the case that these policies misunderstand children quite profoundly. âRacist incident reporting generates the illusion of a problem with racism in Britainâs schools by trawling the everyday world of playground banter, teasing, childish insults â the sort of things that every teacher knows happens out there in the playground.â Schools were required by the Labour government in 2002 to monitor and report all racist incidents to their local authority after the introduction of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act in 2000. Teachers must name the alleged perpetrator and victim and spell out the incident and the punishment. Local authority records show the type of incident but not the name of the child involved. LEAs are expected to monitor the number of incidents, look for patterns and plan measures to tackle any perceived problems. Heads who send in ânilâ returns are criticised for âunder-reportingâ. In March 2007, the Commons Education Select Committee called for schools to record all types of bullying, including homophobic and disability-related. LEAs also began demanding that schools report their homophobia data, alongside racist incidents, although not all do so. Labour had also planned to make reporting âhate tauntingâ statutory for every school but the policy is under review by the Coalition.