Seven in 10 primary school teachers hear homophobic language in school (Stonewall Teachers' Report, 2014), and 99 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people in secondary school hear the phrases "that's so gay" or "you're so gay" (Stonewall School Report, 2012).
On average, eight in 10 teachers have not had any specific training on how to tackle homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying. Teachers who work in faith and church schools report specific challenges in working with their local communities and institutions, requiring targeted materials and support.
Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is bullying that is based on prejudice or negative attitudes, beliefs or views about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. It may be targeted at pupils who are, or who are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.
It can also suggest that someone or something is less worthy because they identify as, or are perceived to be, LGBT. Homophobic bullying is often targeted at pupils who have lesbian, gay or bisexual family members, and pupils who do not conform to gender stereotypes or are seen to be ‘different’ in some way.
Register your school's interest
As part of our work tackling homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying, we're offering free teacher training to 500 schools with a faith character, or a majority faith student population. If your school would like to be part of the project focusing on tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia (HBT) in Catholic, Church of England, Jewish and Muslim schools, fill out the form below.
We are particularly looking to work with schools that haven’t done much or any work on tackling HBT bullying and language, as well as non-faith schools with majority faith student bodies.
Please complete the form as honestly as you can. Your results will be used solely in the allocation of the appropriate programme and will be shared on a need-to-know basis.