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2. Keep good records

Keep your safe friend or outside group fully informed of your actions and keep dated notes of any conversations that you have with them. Where e-mails are exchanged always save a copy. This is to ensure your safety if you ever find yourself in the position of having to defend your word against that of another, be they a fellow pupil or a teacher.

Your school has a legal obligation to keep an incident log of any racist incident that occurs on its premises. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) recommends schools keep incident logs of all forms of bullying. This should therefore include sexist, biphobic, homophobic and transphobic bullying. Ask whether your school is doing this. Where they are not you might like to begin your own record by printing out this form.

Any details that relate to your grievance or complaint should include dates, times, places and people involved. Highlight to your teacher that use of such a log by all members of staff is invaluable for raising awareness of prejudice and discrimination. It may also be useful for pupils to fill in.

If your school does not run anonymous pupil surveys ask them to. Bullying boxes can also be useful where pupils can anonymously state what is going on.