b'DISCRIMINATIONdisciplinary action taken against current pupils shouldis taken where it is alleged that there is (or was not be disclosed to the former pupil. historically) racism/discrimination in the school. For Social mediaIf the allegations are being sharedinstance:publicly on social media, the chair should ensure thatGovernors should hold the senior leaders to account in staff have been advised not to respond to any publicensuring serious allegations are handled correctly, and or press interest (including responding to commentsensure they are confident staff have the appropriate made by alumni), but direct all communications to atraining and resources to do so. designated central point of contact in school who hasIf a culture of racism/discrimination in the school has been provided with clear guidance on an appropriatebeen found to exist, governors may want to consider response (following PR advice, as required). PR and/ whether to commission an independent review to or legal advice should be sought if considering takingidentify issues and advise on ways to improve the steps to remove the social media post and/or restrictculture of the school going forward. any further comments from others.If the school is a charity, governors (as trustees) will Raising awareness/teachingThe chair will no doubtneed to consider whether to make a serious incident be aware that there is always more that can be donereport to the Charity Commission. The Commission to promote and improve a culture of equality. Thishas guidance online which summarises the relevant should include ensuring senior leadership take afactors, such as whether the incident results in or proactive approach in considering what more canrisks significant harm to the charitys beneficiaries be done on the ground and what lessons can be(ie pupils/former pupils), and/or harm to the charitys learned as a result of this allegation. For instance, itwork or reputation. may be appropriate to involve pupils by asking themUltimately, it is the responsibility of the trustees to what they feel should change (such as via a pupildecide whether an incident should be reported based committee); ask senior leadership to speak with staffon the incident meeting the seriousness threshold. about their experiences; review the curriculum andIf governors decide not to make a report, the reason PSHE lessons; and set up an action group of staff whoshould be recorded appropriately (eg in meeting can drive forward any proposed changes.minutes). If the Commission later becomes involved, trustees will need to be able to explain why they What are the key considerations?decided not to report at the time. While senior leaders will handle the operationalShould more be done to hold leaders to account for on the ground response, governors will have aequality, diversity and inclusion more generally? key strategic role in responding to and managingGovernors may wish to consider having a designated such incidents; not least as they have ultimategovernor who takes the lead in this area, and reports responsibility for ensuring that appropriate actionback to the wider governing body periodically.22 www.independentinsight.netIwww.iexcellence.co.ukIwww.i25awards.co.uk'