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 Education Equality 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.
- It’s free - Participation in the Index is completely free of charge.
- It helps you measure progress - As the only established, nationwide benchmarking tool of its kind, 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 good practice and areas to improve.
- It’s designed by anti-bullying and education specialists - Educationalists, equality experts and educational psychologists have devised the Index, ensuring we’re asking the right questions.
- It’ll help 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.
- It 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 - In 2015, 47 local authorities took part in the Education Equality Index, our largest number ever. This increase in numbers reflects how committed local authorities are when tackling bullying. Participating will give your local authority unique insight into the work that local authorities from across the nation are doing.