Stonewall's research The School Report showed that homophobic bullying is endemic in Britain's schools with almost two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people having experienced it. The Teachers' Report revealed that nine in ten primary and secondary school teachers have never had any specific training on preventing and tackling homophobic bullying.
Stonewall's Education for All campaign, launched in 2005, works to change this and to help create a Britain where all children and young people feel able to be themselves and can learn free from fear of bullying.
The Education for All campaign works in a coalition with over 70 organisations including government departments, local authorities, unions, voluntary and community organisations and community groups.
We also work with national and regional Government as well as national agencies and produce awareness raising materials including Some people are gay. Get over it! posters and stickers. Our training and teaching resources including Spell It Out, Teachers’ Packs and FIT, and Education Guides provide teachers with the tools and confidence to tackle homophobic bullying and to talk about different families in class. Most of these education resources are available for download and can be ordered for free.
Stonewall works with local authorities through the Education Champions programme and helps them support their local schools prevent and tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying. The programme provides a unique opportunity for local authorities to network and share good practice.
Our annual Education for All Conference provides a unique opportunity for practitioners to come together and hear from each other, policy makers and anyone else working with children and young people and to share good practice.
We also have a website for young people with useful information on coming out, housing issues and what to do about homophobic bullying.