TEACHERS have been urged by the Catholic Teachers' Federation to be on their guard against individuals and groups who are attempting to circulate racist literature in schools.
The CTF said that so far the effect of such literature had been "minimal" due to prompt action by head teachers and their staff. But it added: "We exhort our colleagues to reject immediately and emphatically any person. group or organisation seeking to inflame racial hatred in our schools."
The CTE also said it was concerned about the scarcity of teachers from ethnic minority groups and called for determined efforts" to persuade more to take up teaching as a career.
On the subject of "multi-racial education" the CIF said that much current advice was contradictory: while some people were calling for the assimilation of minority groups others were advocating encouraging such groups to retain their separate
identities at school.
• People should be encouraged to see the fostering of good race relations as one of the aims of religious education the Rev John Sutcliffe, general secretary of the Christian Education Movement, told a meeting in Taunton, Somerset last week.
Mr Sutcliffe also stressed the need for more RE teachers: half of the RE places in colleges of education were currently unfilled, he said.