Secondary ITT - here's how to do it

There's no reason why all trainee secondary school teachers can't be equipped with the essential information they need to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying and support all young people, including lesbian, gay and bisexual young people.


Only got 30 minutes?

Introduce trainees to the issue of homophobic bullying and make sure they know where to find further resources.

At the end of this session, all trainees should:

  • understand that homophobic bullying can affect any young person, including lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils
  • recognise that homophobic language is the most prevalent form of homophobic behaviour and needs to be challenged by teachers

Here’s how to do it

  • Stonewall’s secondary school teacher training DVD, Spell It Out, gives you all the information you need. Show trainees the ‘Introduction’ and ‘Preconceptions’ chapters (10 minutes) and explore the issues that arise. Then watch the ‘Language’ chapter (5 minutes) and ask trainees to talk about why it is important to challenge homophobic language
  • make sure all trainees know where to access further information. Ensure your library stocks the Spell It Out DVD and your learning platform links through to Stonewall's secondary school website.

Further resources: Stonewall’s Education Guide Challenging Homophobic Language has more practical advice and information for schools.

An hour to cover homophobia?

In addition to the above, at the end of this session trainees should:

  • understand the challenges faced by many lesbian, gay and bisexual young people at school
  • know how to support an LGB young person if they decide to tell them that they are gay

Here’s how to do it

  • Stonewall’s FIT DVD: watch Karmel’s story (15 minutes), and use the related questions to explore the challenges Karmel faces, and how they might deal with coming out issues
  • Watch the ‘Gaining Trust’ chapter of Spell It Out (5 minutes) and discuss the importance of being supportive if a student comes out as lesbian, gay or bisexual

Further resources: Stonewall’s national research, The School Report and The Teachers' Report look at the issue of homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools in more detail.

If you’ve got a half day to cover homophobic bullying...

Encourage trainees to plan strategies to tackle homophobia that fit with their wider anti-bullying and safeguarding work. In addition to the above, at the end of this session trainees should:

  • understand the importance of taking a whole-school approach and working with parents, carers, school governors and the wider community to tackle homophobic bullying
  • be aware of the role national policy and legislation play in helping them to create inclusive environments where all children can enjoy learning free from fear of bullying

Here’s how to do it

  • use Stonewall’s secondary ITT presentation covering all the essential information secondary trainees will need to tackle homophobic behaviour at school.

Further resources: don’t forget to make copies of Stonewall’s national research available on your ITT learning platform, as well as our suite of Education Guides. Find these resources and more on our website.


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