Stonewall, Britain’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, has named Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council as being in the top five best local authority in Britain for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference in its schools.
This comes as the charity today publishes its Education Equality Index 2017, listing the Top 10 local authorities in Britain, with Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council coming in joint fifth position with Leicestershire City Council.
The Index measures practice and policy at all of the participating local authorities. 50 local authorities submitted entries to the 2017 Index.
Herts for Learning/Hertfordshire County Council provides schools with an extensive range of training opportunities and online resources to prevent and tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
The safeguarding of LGBT young people is a key focus in all of its LGBT, bullying and anti-discrimination training. This year schools have been offered a calendar of pupil workshops addressing equality and diversity issues and an RSE Summit which included sessions on making RSE LGBT-inclusive. Practitioners have had valuing diversity training and been provided with an audit tool to evaluate their setting’s practice.
YC Hertfordshire continues to support LGBT young people within the county. YC Hertfordshire has received funding from the Big Lottery to continue the development of LGBT work over the next three years which includes expanding the provision of LGBT youth groups to all 10 districts in the county. YC Hertfordshire youth workers who run these groups have received training on supporting LGBT young people from Stonewall, Herts for Learning and the young people from Who not What. The Who not What (WnW) group continues to be the voice of LGBT young people in the county, providing strategic input into the development of services and resources. WnW were named as Herts Volunteer Team of the Year in 2016 and all of its members have been trained as Young Commissioners ensure LGBT young people’s voices are heard in services across Herts.
Kate Stockdale, Teaching and Learning Adviser, Anti-Bullying at Herts for Learning, said:
We are delighted to be listed as joint fifth place in the Stonewall Education Index for 2017. Herts for Learning has been proud to lead the strategy to develop LGBT inclusion and equality across Hertfordshire for many years. We work closely with our partners in Hertfordshire County Council, YC Hertfordshire and across our schools and settings to ensure that we are constantly driving forward this important agenda. Stonewall’s recognition of our work gives us renewed vitality to continue challenging the remaining barriers, so that we ensure that every young person in Hertfordshire can fulfil their potential."
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said:
We are delighted that the excellent work carried out by Hertfordshire County Council and Herts for Learning has been recognised by Stonewall. Bullying in all its forms cannot be tolerated and we work really hard across the board to tackle bullying of all types. There is still much to achieve but we are very pleased to be recognised as one of the best local authorities for this kind of work in the country.”
Results of the Index were announced on Wednesday 28th June at Stonewall’s Education for All conference.
You can read the full Education Equality Index by visiting: