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Guidance and policy

The Hertfordshire Children and Young Peoples Health and Wellbeing Survey 2018

LGBT+ Guidance for Orthodox Jewish Schools published by the Chief Rabbi

LGBT+ Guidance for Orthodox Jewish Schools published by the Chief Rabbi
This useful article announces that Orthodox Jewish schools are the latest group of faith schools to receive LGBT guidance.

The guidance document itself is available here:

It states in the introduction:
"This guide promotes a whole-school approach to the wellbeing and safety of LGBT+ young people. This requires robust behaviour policies alongside wider school work to integrate understanding and awareness about LGBT+ experiences. It is for this reason that we have specifically included the reflections of LGBT+ people which provide an essential insight for teachers into how some of their pupils may be experiencing their education.
This essential document is the culmination of the efforts of many individuals and organisations who have come together for the express purpose of reducing harm to young Jews and making our schools safer, more nurturing places."

Stonewall Best Practice Primary Guide 2018

How primary schools are celebrating difference and tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Celebrating bi inclusion in secondary schools

An ONS survey in 2016 found that 1.8 per cent of 16-24 year-olds identified as bi, and in a 2015 YouGov poll, 43 per cent of 18-25 year-olds chose something other than ‘100% heterosexual’ or ‘100% homosexual’ when asked about their sexuality. The Stonewall School Report 2017 shows that the specific experiences of bi students are often overlooked or assumed to be exactly the same as those of gay and lesbian students. It also found that more than a third of respondents ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ hear biphobic language, and that 35 per cent of bi students are bullied at school for being LGBT. Over two thirds of bi students have deliberately harmed themselves. This Stonewall guide gives schools useful tips to tackling biphobia and bi erasure, and practical ideas to better support their bi students.

Celebrating bi inclusion in secondary schools

Youth Connexions

There are a wide range of LGBT youth groups in Hertfordshire provided by YC Herts. It is very important that schools signpost LGBTQ+ pupils to these social support networks. Without safe spaces where LGBTQ+ young people can fully explore their authentic selves Hertfordshire young people may instead adopt more risky behaviours such as socialising with strangers online and/or in London.

Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit - October 2018

We are grateful to colleagues in Brighton and Hove for their permission in providing our partner schools across Herts and beyond with access to their Trans Inclusion Toolkit. It is an incredibly helpful document.

Hertfordshire data on the health and wellbeing of LGB year 10 pupils

The 2014 and 2016 HRBQ data reports compare the responses of LGBT pupils with those in the wider pupil group surveyed. The reports tell us how much more work there is to do in Hertfordshire to support this vulnerable group.

Among the information in the report you will find that lesbian, gay and bisexual young people are significantly more likely to:

  • Have met someone in real life whom they first met online
  • Feel afraid of going to school because of bullying
  • Think they are being picked on or bullied because of the way they look
  • Know someone personally who has self-harmed
  • Worry about relationships ‘quite a lot’ or ‘a lot’.
  • Be ‘not much’ or ‘not at all’ happy with their life at the moment
2014 report
2016 report

If you would like support or training to improve outcomes for LGBT young people in your school, please contact

Anti-homophobia, -biphobia and -transphobia policy

Would a dedicated policy support your developments? 
Schools who want to undertake development work on Anti-HBT (anti-homophobia, anti-biphobia and anti-transphobia) may find it supportive to have a dedicated policy that explains to staff and parents the context for this work. Feel free to adapt the following policy which could be standalone or an appendix to your equalities or anti-bullying policy.

Getting started toolkit - Secondary

This toolkit sets out 5 steps to for preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools

Getting started toolkit - Primary

This toolkit sets out 5 steps to for preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in primary schools

Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual young people - a guide for schools

Stonewall - 10 steps to tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language in your school

This guide outlines ten practical steps that will equip primary and secondary school staff to put in place an effective strategy to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language.

Stonewall Research Report

National ResearchDifferent families: The experiences of children with lesbian and gay parents

Church of England guidance to faith schools

and Catholic Education Service guidance on Anti-homophobia, anti-biphobia, anti-transphobia

Resources for teachers

Creating an LGBT inclusive Primary curriculum

Produced in conjunction with the Government Equalities Office and Pearson, this resource offers primary schools practical support and ideas to include issues around LGBT people and families into their lessons, and will help them to create learning environments where every pupil feels accepted. Each of the 13 subject areas (including PSHE) includes activities for the EYFS, Key Stage 1, and Key Stage 2, as well as offering adaptations that can be made for SEND pupils.

Stonewall LGBT Inclusive Primary Curriciulum

Secondary school guidance for an LGBT inclusive curriculum

Stonewall marked LGBT History Month 2018 by launching Creating an LGBT-inclusive curriculum guide for secondary schools. Their School Report 2017 showed that 43% of LGBT pupils say they don’t feel part of their school community and two in five report that they are never taught anything about LGBT matters in school and college. This guide gives practical examples about how teachers across different subjects can tweak their lessons so LGBT students can see themselves represented in what they’re learning.

Stonewall Inclusive Curriculum Guide

Stonewall's recommended reading lists

Introduce some new books that will support your curriculum’s representation of diversity and promote LGBT equality. Take a look at these recommended reading lists.

Primary School Booklist
Secondary School Booklist
Including different families

Including different familiesA guide for primary school teachers and relevant to secondary school teachers. 'Including Different Families is available from Stonewall publications

Network Autism website - Supporting trans and gender questioning autistic pupils

We were disappointed that our planned training bringing Joe Butler to Hertfordshire was cancelled due to low numbers. So we are delighted to be able to provide our partner schools with access to Joe’s article ‘Supporting trans and gender questioning autistic pupils’. It is incredibly useful.

What training did Ofsted have?

Here is a very useful clip to use in your staff training on anti-homophobia.  Ofsted inspectors watched these young people's stories as part of their training on anti-homophobia.

Survey Questions for Young People about Homophobia

Here are some suggestions for questions if you are surveying young people about homophobia.

Key Stage 3 & 4 Assembly - Beyond the Stereotype

Resources for young people

Stonewall Starting Out Guide

Stonewall have launched the 2017/18 edition of Starting Out (pdf) the national careers guide for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) students, graduates and jobseekers. The guide features tips for finding an inclusive employer, insights into different sectors and stories of inspirational LGBT role models in the workplace. It helps demonstrate to students that employers value diversity and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and that the values taught in school reflect those expected of them when they enter the world of work.

How to support a friend who 'comes out' to you

‘Guidance for young people on supporting a friend who ‘comes out’ to you

Living My Life

‘Living My Life’ is a wonderful resource for people who currently identify as trans or who are beginning to explore their gender identity. It may be very helpful to use with young people.

FREE Primary Film
FREE is Stonewall's incredibly useful film for primary school students which looks at bullying, different families and the importance of being yourself.

Stepping Out

Stepping out'Stepping Out’  is a 28-page booklet for people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual or think they might be; offering information and advice on ‘coming out’

'Am I Bothered?' A leaflet for young people on raising the issue of homophobia and its impact on the lives of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people:

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