Brighton & Hove City Council
About the Authority
Brighton and Hove is a city and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of East Sussex in South East England. It is England's most populous seaside resort with a population of 273,400 (2011 census).
Brighton & Hove ranked as the best local authority at celebrating difference and preventing and tackling lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans related bullying in schools in 2014.
How has the Education Champions Programme benefited the authority?
Brighton & Hove recognises the importance of regularly collecting data from its children and young people. Its annual Safe and Well at School Survey has, since 2005, asked Year 4 to Year 11 pupils to report on bullying, including bullying by type, this is in line with Stonewall's best practice example surveys. In 2013, the survey was extended to include students at Further Education Colleges. Students at Key Stage 2 and above are asked about their sexual orientation, with responses to key questions cross referenced to give individual schools and colleges, as well as the local authority, powerful demographic data about the relative safety, health and well being of LGBT young people. This year, for the first time, questions around feeling safe in school were cross referenced for pupils with same-sex parents. The Council uses this wealth of data to tailor support for individual schools, inform their Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, and to guide their commissioning strategies. The data shows evidence of positive impact of the work undertaken.
Brighton & Hove now facilitates the sharing of good practice of schools who are part of the School Champions programme and Stonewall resources for LGBT History Month, Family Diversity Week and IDAHOBIT between schools in a variety of arenas, including in its Headteacher and PSHE network meetings as well as on its online learning hub. The council now monitors and collates the behaviour and safety sections from the Ofsted reports of schools in the city, a high number of which specifically mention the effective work being done to challenge homophobia.
Brighton & Hove City Council now leads the way in celebrating difference, preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools and supporting LGBT young people. They continually find innovative methods to undertake work as part of the Education Champions programme and believe that their partnership with Stonewall is key to its success.
What problems did Brighton & Hove encounter?
Brighton & Hove have recognised the importance of involving parents and young people in its work on LGBT bullying and believe this to be the main factor in not encountering any negative attitudes towards this work. Young people were consulted about the content of the Council's new primary and secondary PSHE programme of study.
What is the biggest achievement since joining the programme?
Brighton & Hove City Council work in partnership with Stonewall to deliver high quality anti-bullying support to schools and wider children's services. They value enormously the rigour and support that Stonewall provide and the invaluable opportunity for annual review of progress and strategy on LGBT issues across a wide range of indicators. The significant highlight this year has been the Student Equality Conference which was planned and delivered by one of the city's good practice schools. It featured keynote speeches from Stonewall Role Models and a workshop on campaigning skills led by a Stonewall member of staff.