Primary school resources

Stonewall has developed a range of innovative resources and a School Champions programme to help primary schools celebrate difference and talk about all different families.

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Children grow up in many different kinds of families. Some live with their mum and dad, some are adopted, others have two mums or two dads. The Teachers' Report found three quarters of primary school teachers hear children use the phrases 'that's so gay' or 'you're so gay' and two in five primary school teachers say children experience homophobic bullying. Fear of bullying can stop children from talking about their families and from doing what they enjoy.

All schools have a legal obligation to respond to homophobic bullying and by celebrating difference they can prevent it from happening in the first place. Stonewall has developed this series of resources designed to help primary schools tackle homophobic bullying. Resources can be downloaded here or ordered by emailing, please note there may be a charge for large orders.

Celebrating Difference resource packs

A comprehensive pack with a selection of resources for primary school staff and parents and carers to celebrate difference - at school, at home and in the community. Primary school resource packs include:

  • The Teachers' Report 2014 Primary and secondary school staff's perspective on homophobic bullying
  • Different Families Report - Research into the experiences of children with different families
  • Including different families Guide – Practical guidance on how to include children from different families and their parents in the curriculum and school life
  • 10 ‘Different Families – Same Love’ posters
  • 10 ‘Different Families – Same Love’ postcards
  • 10 ‘Different Families – Same Love’ sticker sheets

Stonewall programmes

  • School Champions programme
    This exceptional value-for-money membership programme helps primary and secondary schools celebrate difference and prevent homophobic bullying for only £100/£200 + VAT a year. Read more  
  • Education Champions programme
    Stonewall Scotland's Education Champions programme provides bespoke support and guidance to local authorities in tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in their local schools. Read more 

Resources for school staff

  • Train the Trainer teacher training. More information
  • Celebrating Difference - training DVD for primary school staff.
    A resource to provide primary school staff with the confidence to talk about and celebrate different families, as well as tackle issues like homophobic language in an age appropriate way.
  • Celebrating difference cornerstone - a cornerstone document outlining why homophobic bullying is an issue in primary schools, what it looks like and how to prevent it by celebrating difference and different families.
  • Stonewall Education Guides - practical guides for primary and secondary school staff around issues of including different families in class, challenging homophobic language, working with faith communities and more.

Teaching and awareness raising resources

  • Different Families - Same Love
    Sticker sheets
    Different Families cards and Mother's and Father's Day cards

Colourful, age appropriate resources for display in classrooms, corridors and as teaching materials.

  • Books
    A selection of age appropriate picture and story books for primary schools which cover a great range of issues from families to being different. Read more

Research reports

  • The Teachers' Report 2014 - based on a survey of nearly 300 primary and secondary school staff in Scotland, and their experiences of homophobic bullying. Read more 
  • Different Families Report - based on interviews with 82 children of lesbian, gay and bisexual parents this report provides ground-breaking insights into the existence of homophobia in Britain's schools, including primary schools.
  • The School Report - researching the experiences of more than 1,100 secondary school pupils, found that seven out of ten gay pupils who had experienced homophobic bullying said this had an impact on their school work. Half of those who had experienced homophobic bullying had skipped school more than six times.

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