Local Authorities

Stonewall's research shows that homophobic bullying is endemic in Britain's schools. Local authorities play a key role in addressing homophobia and homophobic bullying. Over a quarter of Local Authorities in England already work with Stonewall through the Education Champions programme to address these issues.

Stonewall's groundbreaking report, The School Report, showed that almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual secondary school pupils experience direct homophobic bullying ranging from verbal abuse to death threats.

Local authorities use Stonewall's research, guidance as well as teaching and awareness raising materials to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying in their local communities. We also work with local authorities through our Education Champions programme which provides bespoke support and advice to local authorities on helping their local schools. Through this programme local authorities work with Stonewall and each other to establish ways to address homophobic bullying in primary and secondary school and promote a safe and inclusive learning environment for all children and young people. 

Since the programme began in 2008, over a quarter of the local authorities in England have joined the Education Champions programme and shown their commitment to addressing the endemic problem of homophobia in schools.

For more information about the Education Champions programme, the benefits and the costs of joining please click here.

We also have specific pages or those working in other agencies such as the police, health service or with youth.

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