Do you know a school which needs support in tackling homophobic bullying and celebrating difference? Find out about Stonewall's School Champions programme.
Schools have a legal duty to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying. All teachers should therefore be aware of their responsibilities under the law to address the problem and to support children and young people who sometimes feel excluded and isolated, for example lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) students and those with lesbian and gay parents and families.
Newly qualified teachers should begin their teaching careers with the confidence to challenge homophobic bullying and support all young people in their care, including LGB young people, from day one – wherever they teach.
Nine in ten primary school staff have had no specific training to tackle homophobic bullying, but more than two in five say children in their school experience homophobia. Find out how you can develop a programme of study for primary school trainee teachers which includes information on how to talk positively about different families and tackle homophobic bullying. Find out more here.
Ninety five per cent of secondary school teachers report hearing ‘you’re so gay’ or ‘that’s so gay’ in their schools. But nine in ten have had no anti-homophobia training. Find out how you can ensure that all secondary school trainee trainees know how to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying and support lesbian, gay and bisexual young people. Find out more here.
We’ve published a guide to help ITT providers develop inclusive programmes of study, so that all trainee teachers can access information on how to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.