Stonewall’s Secondary School Champions programme provides you with the support to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. It includes benchmarking, extensive resources and training materials; reduced rate teacher training and a designated member of Stonewall's expert team to give you tailored and responsive assistance, helping you tackle homophobic bullying and celebrate difference. Find out more here.
Homophobic language and bullying are motivated by prejudices against lesbian, gay or bisexual people. Stonewall’s research, The School Report 2012, shows that more than half (55 per cent) of gay young people experience homophobic bullying and almost all (99 per cent) hear the phrases ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school.
The Teachers' Report found that young people who don’t conform to gender stereotypes and those with gay friends or family are often targeted. In fact, anyone can be targeted, purely because they are different. Homophobic bullying can occur in different forms such as verbal abuse, cyber bullying, physical abuse and even death threats.
If homophobic bullying goes unchallenged, it can have severe negative consequences for young people. Three out of five gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their school work and many have skipped school because of it. Homophobic bullying also impacts on young people's self-esteem and ambitions. Stonewall’s Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Guide and Prescription for Change shows that gay young people are more likely to self-harm and contemplate suicide.
Read our case studies of students and teachers who have experienced homophobic bullying.
The Stonewall Champions Programmes offer bespoke support to your primary schools, secondary schools and local authorities, helping to tackle homophobic bullying and celebrate difference through school. Find out more about our School Champions Programme and Education Champions Programme.
Stonewall has produced a number of resources to support teachers and schools and create an inclusive environment. Stonewall has also produced a feature film: FIT, which has had vast success tackling homophobia across the country in a young and engaging way.
The law places a duty on schools to prevent and challenge homophobic bullying. Here you can find practical guidance on preventing and challenging homophobic bullying which includes advice for teachers, head teachers and school governors.
Whilst teachers currently want to tackle homophobic bullying, they often lack the training and the knowhow to do so. Through training, staff can be given the practical skills and confidence to tackle homophobic language and bullying and discuss gay issues in the classroom.