Antisemitism: Williamson warns headteachers amid tension in schools

Education secretary says heads must ensure ‘political impartiality’ after Israeli-Palestinian conflict led to intimidation and bullying

Headteachers have been told by the government to ensure “political impartiality” over the Israel-Palestinian conflict, following a “concerning” increase in antisemitic incidents.

The education secretary said the recent violence had increased focus on the conflict in many schools, which in some cases had led to the expression of antisemitic views and bullying of Jewish students and teachers. He said schools should treat these incidents with “due seriousness”.