What you can do

Education Equality Index


Cambridge University research (The School Report 2012) indicates that over half of lesbian, gay and bi pupils experience homophobic or biphobic bullying. Local authorities have a key role to play in addressing this problem and ensuring a safe learning environment for all young people.

Stonewall’s Education Equality Index measures how well local authorities support schools to celebrate difference and prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, as well as support LGBT young people in their local community.

Why take part in the Education Equality Index?

The Index is the only nationwide auditing tool for benchmarking progress in this area. Participation is essential to clearly identify progress and demonstrate year on year how well your local authority is tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

  • Free - Participation is completely free of charge.
  • Helps measure progress - the Index is a great tool for developing strategies and showing improvement year on year. Stonewall provides all participating local authorities with detailed feedback on their submissions, identifying best practice and areas to improve.
  • Designed by anti-bullying and education specialists - devised by educationalists, equality experts and educational psychologists to ensure we’re asking the right questions.
  • Helps you meet your statutory obligations - improving your performance in the Index will help you comply with the Equality Act 2010, and assist your schools in meeting the current inspection framework, which specifically focuses on homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and bullying.
  • Supports improved performance - Stonewall research shows that reduced levels of bullying contribute to improved learning outcomes for the students concerned.
  • You can help eliminate discrimination - by raising awareness of best practice, the Index helps to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity across all protected characteristics for young people.
  • More and more local authorities are taking part - 50 local authorities took part in the Education Equality Index in 2016, our largest number ever. This increase in numbers reflects how committed local authorities are to tackling bullying. Participating will give your local authority unique insight into the work that local authorities from across the nation are doing.

Closing date for submissions

Friday 24 March 2017

How to enter the Education Equality Index

Download the submission form and guidance for its completion:


Stonewall Education Equality Index guidance 2017


Stonewall Education Equality Index submission form 2017

Awards presentation

The awards for the Education Equality Index 2017 will be presented at the prestigious Education for All conference on Wednesday 28 June at the University of Birmingham.