Study shows that despite progress there is more work to be done.
Stonewall, Britain’s largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality charity has published their school report for 2017, that looked into the experiences of over 3,700 LGBT pupils in Britain’s schools.
The study shows that while progress has been made over the last decade, many LGBT young people continue to face significant challenges in Britain’s schools.
Some of the key findings included:
- Nearly half of LGBT pupils (45 per cent) – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools. This is down from 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bi pupils who experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation in 2012 and 65 per cent in 2007
- Half of LGBT pupils hear homophobic slurs ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ at school, down from seven in 10 in 2012
- Seven in 10 LGBT pupils report that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and a quarter in 2007. However, just two in five LGBT pupils report that their schools say that transphobic bullying is wrong
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive at Stonewall said: “As we look ahead, we must keep sight of our shared mission: to create a world where every young person can grow up happy, healthy and supported to reach their full potential. While much has changed over the past decade, it is clear we cannot be complacent in the fight for equality. So let’s reflect on what’s been achieved, establish what needs to be done, and work together to create a world where every young person can be themselves.”
Speaking about how Herts for Learning can help schools, Karin Hutchinson, Lead Well-being Adviser said: “We are proud to have been recognised by Stonewall as providing the highest quality support for schools on supporting LGBT pupils and delivering LGBT equality. We work in close partnership with them to deliver both their Train the Trainers courses within Hertfordshire and to develop and deliver cutting edge training, such as our course for SENCOs on ‘Autism, SEND and LGBT’.
“We would welcome feedback from schools on what they would find helpful in continuing to move forward to eliminating barriers for LGBT young people.”
HfL’s Stonewall Train the Trainers one-day courses can be booked through the Stonewall website on the following links. Booking includes a year’s membership of the Stonewall School’s Champion programme.
Secondary course - 8th March 2018 - Book via Stonewall
Primary course - 9th March 2018 - Book via Stonewall
By Ryan Fisher, journalist
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