The repeal of Section 28 in 2003 and the introduction of the Equality Act in
2010 were both positive steps towards promoting equality and tackling prejudice in our schools. Unfortunately, homophobia is still commonplace in educational institutions and teachers have an important role to play in helping to change attitudes and stamp out the bullying which is a sad fact of life for many LGBT students.
The NUT Prevalence of Homophobia Survey began in 2008, following a Teacher Support Network/Times Education Supplement survey of teachers in 2006 and the Stonewall School Report in 2007. Surveys have so far been carried out in:
They are also being organized in Nottingham, Brighton and Wakefield. Results of the surveys can be found on the Schools OUT website www.schools-out.org.uk.
All of the surveys have shown that:
Homophobic behaviour is commonplace
Teachers can be targets as well as students
There is a significant demand for whole school training to deal with it.
We would encourage divisions or school representatives to carry out their own survey using the template provided in order to gather the evidence to support a plan of action.
On the 2012 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the European Region of Education International, ETUCE, ETUC, and (ILGA-Europe), signed a commitment to strengthen their collaboration at national and European level to prevent and combat jointly homophobia and transphobia at school, in workplaces and in society.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. LGBT History Month aims to encourage everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as the positive forces that they are and endeavour to reflect this in practice. Schools are encouraged to hold activities throughout the month of February.
This year theme: Let’s kick trans/homophobia out of sport.
New advice for NUT members on developing policies on LGBT equality in education. This advice contains practical advice about homophobic bullying and how to use the curriculum to promote equality and break down homophobic stereotypes and attitudes. It summarises recent DCSF guidance and gives advice on how to make parents and carers aware of school policies and the fact that schools are required to educate to prevent anti gay attitudes.