"The Coalition Government set out in the Schools White Paper its commitment to tackling all forms of bullying in schools - and tackling homophobic bullying is a top priority. Stonewall's Education Equality Index is a helpful tool for local authorities to benchmark their progress in tackling and preventing homophobic bullying so that all lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils can reach their full potential at school and be taught in a safe and stress-free environment."
Nick Gibb MP, Schools Minister, Department for Education
1 Cambridgeshire County Council
2 Brighton & Hove City Council
3 London Borough of Waltham Forest
4 Sheffield City Council
5 Birmingham City Council
6 Hertfordshire County Council
7 = Hull City Council
7 = Bristol City Council
9 London Borough of Brent
10 Oxfordshire County Council
*N.B. Those with = signs have joint ranking by score
Click here to download the report and recommendations of the Education Equality Index 2011
"I am very proud that Cambridgeshire has achieved the highest ranking in Stonewall's first Education Equality Index. The Local Authority regards preventing and tackling homophobic bullying and making its schools a safe place for all pupils irrespective of their sexuality to be an essential component of our work with schools and young people.
We've benefited from being a member of the Stonewall Education Champions programme since 2008. This has sharpened our focus on LGB issues and given us and our schools access to excellent resources and sources of support. This membership, coupled with the strong partnership the Local Authority has with SexYOUality, our local LGB young people's charity, has resulted in some innovative and powerful work in schools and with young people which has had significant impact. Evidencing the Index has helped us identify what has really made a difference and the areas we have for further development."
Councillor Nick Clarke Leader, Cambridgeshire County Council
Stonewall's Education Champions programme supports local authorities in tackling homophobia in their schools and helps local authorities comply with the Public Duty of the Equality Act 2010. For more information on the programme, click here.
If you have any questions about the Index or our Education Champions Programme, please contact Lucy Warwick at email@example.com or on 0207 593 1881.