Stonewall, Britain’s leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality charity, has named Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council as amongst the best local organisations for tackling anti-LGBT bullying and celebrating difference in its schools. Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council’s joint entry ranked at third place in this year’s Education Equality Index.
The Index is Britain’s definitive auditing tool for local authorities to benchmark their success in tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in local schools and supporting LGBT young people in their local communities.
Karin Hutchinson, Lead Wellbeing Adviser at Herts for Learning said:
“We are incredibly proud to have maintained our unwavering record of being in the top ten of the Stonewall Education Index. Herts for Learning is proud to co-ordinate our submission with our partners Hertfordshire County Council and Youth Connexions Hertfordshire, to demonstrate the collective Hertfordshire strategy to develop LGBT inclusion and equality.
“We work closely with and across our schools and settings to ensure that we are constantly driving forward this important agenda. Our LGBT support crosses the age ranges, from work with early years settings right through to significant increases in LGBT youth provision. Our strategic group for LGBT youth voice continues to influence service development and we bring together a multi-agency professional group to help focus and revitalise our LGBT work. Stonewall’s recognition of our work supports our drive to ensure that every young person in Hertfordshire can fulfil their potential.”
This year’s Index received 28 submissions from across England, Scotland and Wales.
Findings from Stonewall’s 2017 School Report underline why this work is so important - the report found that nearly half (45 per cent) of LGBT pupils – including 64 per cent of trans students – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools, while two in five LGBT pupils (40 per cent) are never taught anything about lesbian, gay, bi and trans issues at school.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, Terry Douris said:
“We work really hard across the board to tackle bullying of all types and we will continue our resolve to eliminate bullying and homophobia in all areas. We are pleased to be recognised as one of the best local authorities for this kind of work in the country.”
Sarah Rose, Senior Children and Young People Programmes Manager at Stonewall, said:
“Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council are undertaking inspiring work to support LGBT young people in their local communities and leading the way on tackling anti-LGBT bullying.
“We know that LGBT young people continue to face challenges in Britain’s schools, but with so many local authorities demonstrating such a strong commitment to celebrating difference and supporting LGBT young people, we are one step closer to creating a world where all young people are welcomed and accepted without exception.”
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