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'People in the year above give me strange looks and whisper about me... It hurts knowing that these people walk past me every day and can't see me for anything but a lesbian.' Amy, 17   

School Champions

 

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Stonewall’s Secondary School Champions programme provides you with the support to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. It includes benchmarking, extensive resources and training materials; reduced rate teacher training and a designated member of Stonewall's expert team to give you tailored and responsive assistance, helping you tackle homophobic bullying and celebrate difference. Find out more here

Homophobic bullying

 

Schools should be secure and happy environments where all young people can focus on their education. However, homophobic bullying is endemic and affects gay young people's attendance and attainment. 

Stonewall's 2012 research The School Report found that more than half (55 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people experience homophobic bullying in Britain's schools and this is backed up in The Teachers' Report, as teachers often witness homophobic language and abuse. Read more 

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual issues in the curriculum

 

The most effective way to prevent homophobic bullying and to ensure lesbian, gay and bisexual young people feel included and have the information they need to stay safe, is making the curriculum inclusive. Read more 

'We have never discussed any marriage, adoption or advice issues concerning lesbian, gay or bisexual people. I've wanted to talk about it, but I don't want to risk drawing attention to myself. It's quite upsetting knowing it's not in the curriculum.' Aaron, 15

Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual young people

 

Lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have the same needs as all other young people - they want to feel safe and included. Most teachers and professionals want to ensure that lesbian, gay and bisexual young people are able to fulfil their potential but some are unsure about how to do this. Read more  

Information for Governors

 

School Governors have an important role in making sure the school complies with legislation and meets its duties under the Equality Act 2010 and public sector Equality Duty. With the 2012 Ofsted Inspection Framework, there is even more reason to be proactive when it comes to tackling homophobic bullying. Read more  

Resources

 

From Some People Are Gay. Get Over It! posters, stickers and postcards to the award winning film and teaching resource FIT, Stonewall has produced a series of ground-breaking resources. Read more  

 

 

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