Stonewall campaigns for acceptance and rights for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. The charity helps to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools and works with a wide coalition of groups. They also promote research on issues such as hate crime, lesbian health and homophobic bullying in schools.
Gloucestershire County Council is now a Stonewall Education Champion and wishes to promote equal rights and inclusive opportunities for all children and young people in the county, no matter what their sexual orientation.
Stonewall Toolkits and Resources
Stonewall's education professionals create the resources and guidance you need to start, develop and embed LGBTQ+ inclusive practice in your primary of secondary school. Their extensive bank of free resources includes:
Best practice guidance
Glossary of terms
An introduction to supporting LGBT children and young people. This resource is suitable for all schools, colleges and settings and offers support in creating an LGBT inclusive environment, working with parents and carers, and supporting individual LGBT children and young people in mainstream and specialist settings.
Next steps in LGBT inclusive education: celebrating difference and developing understanding is a brand new resource, aimed at schools, colleges and settings that have already started work on LGBT inclusion and who are looking to really embed the work. This resource includes an extensive policy section, guidance on creating an LGBT inclusive curriculum, support on working with parents and carers, as well as highlighting the importance of ensuring that a wide range of LGBT people are represented and celebrated in the school, college or setting.
We’ve also been working hard to ensure that we offer schools, colleges and settings the resources they need to support children and young people with SEND as part of their LGBT inclusive approach. As well as our ‘It’s OK’ symbol supported posters, we now also offer easy read information sheets.
Celebrating Bi Inclusion in Secondary Schools – Stonewall
This guide gives schools useful tips to tackling biphobia and bi erasure, and practical ideas to better support their bi students.
This resource offers guidance to primary schools around including pupils in making their school more inclusive.
LGBT in Britain: Home and Communities - Stonewall
Stonewall's LGBT in Britain - Home and Communities research report highlights deep challenges for the LGBT community, with alarming levels of racism experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people, and a significant proportion of trans people, bi people, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith feeling excluded within the LGBT community.
Made in God's Image (2018) - Catholic Education Service: St Mary's University
A resource designed to support all those working in the Catholic educational sector to help challenge homophobic and biphobic bullying in our schools. It is the fruit of a project which has involved preliminary discussions with colleagues in education and theology, researching the practice of classroom teachers, liaising with dioceses and consulting with organisations already engaged in the field.
School Report: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans Young People in Britain's Schools (2017) - Stonewall
Conducted in partnership with the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, this study found that:
45% of LGBT pupils in Britain's schools are bullied for being LGBT, down from 55% in 2012.
Use of homophobic language has also decreased, with 52% of LGBT people hearing homophobic slurs 'frequently' or 'often' at school, down from 69% in 2012.
Schools are increasingly willing to address LGBT issues within the classroom. In 2012 more than half of the LGBT pupils (53%) had never been taught about LGBT issues at school; this has fallen to 40% today.
7 in 10 LGBT young people reported that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and just a quarter in 2007.
More than 4 in 5 trans young people (84%) have self-harmed, as have 3 in 5 lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren't trans (61%).
More than 2 in 5 trans young people (45%) have attempted to take their own life, and 1 in 5 lesbian gay and bi students who aren't trans (22%) have done the same.
Nearly 1 in 10 trans pupils are subjected to death threats at school, and 2 in 5 LGBT young people are bullied online.
1 in 5 LGBT young people have been taught about safe sex in same-sex relationships, demonstrating the desperate need for LGBT-inclusive RSE.
Shut Out (2020) - Stonewall
Shout Out presents the findings of a study into the experiences of LGBT young people not in education, training or work. According to Government figures,12 per cent of all young people in Britain aged 16-24 – 800,000 in total – are not in education, training or work. While we know from previous Stonewall research (School Report 2017) that LGBT young people are affected by many of the known risk factors that lead to a young person becoming disengaged from education, training and work, according to the Government’s own review, no research exists into the specific experiences of LGBT young people who are faced with these circumstances.
Student Voice - Stonewall
Lesbian, gay, bi, and trans (LGBT) students need to learn that it's okay to be themselves and to be different. This guide provides ideas and resources for setting up a student LGBT group in secondary schools & colleges.
Valuing All God's Children (Summer 2019) - The Church of England Education Office
This guidance represents the action and commitment that the Church of England is taking to eradicate any homophobic, biphobic and transphobic stereotyping and bullying that takes place in our schools.
Raise Awareness and Funds
Hold an Equali-tea to promote LGBT inclusion in your setting and raise vital funds for LGBT equality. Stonewall provides a range of resources to support your Equali-tea event, including:
Stonewall can provide advice and guidance to support your fundraising fundraising plans and supply fundraising materials such as posters, stickers and collection tins.
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