Education Champions

Stonewall's Education Champions programme provides bespoke support and guidance to local authorities in tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in their local schools.

Click here to fill in the Education Champions registration form.

If you are a school, click here for more information about Stonewall's School Champions programme.

As part of the Education Champions programme, local authorities work with us and each other to establish ways in which they can address homophobic bullying and promote a safe and inclusive learning environment for all young people. Read about some good practice.

More than a quarter of all local authorities in England  and more than one third of the London boroughs are already members of the programme. For a list of members click here

Key benefits of being an Education Champion

  • Exclusive initial needs assessment meeting to assist your local authority in prioritising and embedding work around tackling and preventing homophobic bullying.
  • Assistance with your submission to Stonewall’s Education Equality Index
  • Stonewall representation at two local events or meetings a year.
  • Priority access to new resources created by Stonewall.
  • Free good practice seminars to hear from, and share experiences with, other local authorities.
  • Opportunity to network with colleagues from other local authorities.
  • Discount on orders of Stonewall’s acclaimed education resources
  • Regular eBulletins providing information on national policy, events and good practice.
  • Discounted registration for the annual Stonewall Education for All Conference.
  • Joint branding and exclusive use of the Stonewall Education Champion logo for internal and external communications.
  • Two free advertisements on Stonewall’s Proud Employers job site.

Why join the Education Champion programme?

  • Homophobic bullying is endemic in Britain’s schools and affects all pupils. Nine in ten secondary and two in five primary school teachers say young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, experience homophobic bullying, name calling or harassment.

  • Homophobic bullying impacts on pupils’ attendance, attainment and future prospects. Two in five lesbian, gay and bisexual young people who have experienced homophobic bullying have skipped school at some point because of it. Furthermore, the negative use of the word ‘gay’ can stop children with gay parents from being themselves and talking about their families.

  • Ofsted inspections are focusing more on behaviour. Under the new inspection framework, there are just four judgements, one of which is around behaviour and safety. Ofsted inspectors will judge the work schools do around prejudice-based bullying, including homophobic bullying.

  • Public bodies are legally required to take proactive action. The Equality Act 2010 places a legal duty on all public bodies, including local authorities and schools, to take steps to eradicate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations. They have to take a proactive role in tackling homophobic bullying and protect those who might be experiencing it. Joining the programme helps you comply with the Act.

  • Local authorities play a strong strategic role as champions for educational excellence. Local authorities have an important function to work with schools, parents and families and vulnerable pupils to ensure children and young people’s safety, fair access and improved school performance, all of which can be affected by homophobic bullying.

  • Preventing and tackling homophobic bullying is easier with support. Our Education Champions programme provides local authorities with the tools to support schools in taking a zero tolerance approach to homophobia and homophobic bullying.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a very limited budget. How can I justify the expense?
Joining the Education Champions programme is an extremely cost-effective way to demonstrate your commitment to preventing and tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in your schools. Not only does membership include the extensive package of benefits listed above, but also we will provide you with the support, guidance and expertise to create measurable outcomes, helping you and your schools to comply with the Equality Act 2010.

Will joining the programme create extra work for us?
The Education Champions programme is designed to go hand in hand with much of the work you are already doing, whether that’s around safety, anti-bullying or school improvement. We will work collaboratively with you to draw up an action plan, help you celebrate current good practice and develop the work being done to prevent and tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in your schools.

My local authority is changing. Is the programme still relevant to us?
Local authorities still have an important role to play in tackling and preventing homophobia and homophobic bullying in the wider local community. All schools, including academies, have a duty to cooperate with local authorities to improve children’s welfare. Membership of the Education Champions programme provides local authorities with the tools to deliver the strong strategic role laid out by the Department for Education.

Costs

Membership of the Education Champions programme is £1500 per year. If your local authority is already a Stonewall Diversity Champion, membership is at a reduced rate of £1250 per year.

Click here to view the Education Champions promotional leaflet.

If you would like more information on Stonewall's Education Champions programme please email educationchampions@stonewall.org.uk or call 020 7593 2821


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