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LGBT History Month – February 2017
Recommended reading lists

This would be a great time to 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

Resources to help you celebrate LGBT History Month (February) 2016

The theme for this year’s LGBT History Month is ‘Religion, Belief and Philosophy’ and Stonewall have designed a series of posters featuring LGBT Role Models of faith. You can download and print them from:

Secondary schools

Secondary schools may also want to review support of LGBT young people using Stonewall’s new guide Supporting LGBT Young People which can downloaded at:

They also have a new toolkit that provides a framework and a set of practical tools to enable secondary schools to embed work to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying across their policies and procedures: Getting Started: A toolkit for preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools. This guide includes template policies, surveys and reporting forms modelled on good practice. It can be downloaded at:

Primary Schools

The activity pack that supports Stonewall’s primary film FREE is available as a downloadable resource from:

Primary schools can access FREE for free at:

where there are also activities for children and lesson plans for teachers. The film looks at bullying, different families and the importance of being yourself.

Don’t miss reading Nicky Morgan’s October 2016 speech on the importance of LGBT equality.

LGBT Hate Crime Campaign Launched

A consortium of 31 LGBT organisations across England and Wales have come together to launch a new anti-Hate Crime campaign. It is estimated that over 39,000 people suffer some form of harassment, abuse, graffiti and other crime motivated by homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, yet only 6% of anti-LGBT harassment in the UK is reported to police.

This campaign is aimed at encouraging LGBT people and their supporters to recognise hate crimes when they happen, to seek help and support; and if possible, report it. For more information check out:

Stop Online Abuse Website Launched

A new website tackling online abuse aimed at women and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) people is launched today.

The government funded site was created by Galop, an LGBT anti-violence charity, in consultation with Trans Media Watch, the Women’s Resource Centre, Gender Identity Research and Education Society, Rights of Women, Allsorts, End Violence Against Women and the LGBT Consortium. The website provides advice for individuals, especially women and LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans*) about fighting abuse and harassment online and in other media.

Teachers: Schools should adopt positive view of homosexuality

This article shows the growing imperative to address LGBT equality across all schools, for both staff and pupils.

Delivering LGBT*Q Friendly Services

HPFT is running on 15th May to observe IDAHOT day. Please encourage LGBTQ young people and staff to access this opportunity.

Date: 15 May 2015

Time of Event: 10am-3pm

Location: Colonnades,Hatfield

LGBT Event Flyer

Stonewall Consultation – February 2015

In early 2015 Stonewall are putting out a call for people to get involved with a Bi Consultation day they will be running in early February. The day will be a chance for bi people to talk about what they’d like to see from Stonewall in the future and to share their thoughts on how they can campaign to tackle biphobia. 

Staff or pupils in your school may wish to participate in this consultation.

Why “That’s so GAY!” still needs to be challenged

Homophobic name-calling can be tricky to handle - where do we draw the line between 'banter' and 'bullying'?

Jonathan Charlesworth, Executive Director of long standing ABA member Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH), and author of That’s So Gay! - Challenging Homophobic Bullying, talks about the importance of language and homophobic bullying in this blog post.

 

Stonewall Education Index

Stonewall, Britain’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, in 2016 named Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council as the best local authority in Britain for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference in its schools. Read more on the HfL website: Stonewall Award 2016.

 

 

 

 

How Fair is Britain?

Tackling the challenge of identity-based bullying

The Triennial Review, 'How fair is Britain?'

 

 

 

The Triennial Review, 'How fair is Britain?'

focused attention on the need to tackle the high incidence of identity-based bullying of young people, both within schools and the wider community. 

Reducing incidence of homophobic, transphobic, disability-related and religiously motivated bullying in schools and workplaces was identified as one of the 15 significant challenges for society to address.

The EHRC has produced a research report,  'Prevention and Response to identity-based bullying among Local Authorities in England, Scotland and Wales', which responds to this challenge.

The overall aim of the report is to establish the extent and effectiveness of local authorities’ and schools’ actions to prevent and respond to prejudice-based bullying of young people both inside and outside of school, on the grounds of disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

Summary of findings:

  1. ‘Identity-based’ (or ‘Prejudice-based’) bullying is widespread and continues to blight the lives of many young people, affecting educational attainment and having a long term impact on their life chances. A common cause is children’s, and sometimes teachers’ poor understanding of diversity
     
  2. Schools (and local authorities) need to know the extent of the problem and reasons for any bullying. Recording incidents of the different types of prejudice-based bullying is therefore crucial.

    Without the appropriate baseline data it is impossible to know the extent of bullying, or monitor the impact of interventions and progress on tackling the problem, or direct resources where they are most needed.

    Our survey revealed support for a statutory requirement to record and report incidents of prejudice-based bullying, in order to understand the problem and target action and resources where it is needed most.
     
  3. Greater guidance and support is needed to help schools take action against prejudice-based bullying.

    Our research shows that guidance plays a crucial role in directing anti-bullying work and focussing attention on particular areas. Central government guidance, such as ‘Safe to Learn’ has been well received and more practical guidance from government and non-government organisations was asked for by some respondents.
     
  4. In order to effectively tackle this form of bullying, specific preventative strategies must be adopted such as a ‘whole school approach’ which considers all the equality strands, and focuses on tackling prejudice. Focus within: whole school policies, equality action plans, assemblies, PHSE and citizenship curriculum.

    Preventative measures are crucial as bullying of this type is a response to prejudice and may happen due to poor understanding of diversity. Bullying of LGB young people and disabled children, including those with learning difficulties shows a particularly strong relationship to prejudiced attitudes held throughout the school.

Please also put this link at the bottom:

Ant-Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia

Good Practice

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

The 2014 HRBQ data report comparing the responses of LGB year 10 pupils with those in the wider pupil group surveyed tells us how much more work there is to do 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

The report is attached here:

If you would like support or training to improve outcomes for LGBT young people in your school, please contact Karin Hutchinsonkarin.hutchinson@hertsforlearning.co.uk

Anti-homophobia 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.

Brandles School:
Anti-homophobia work in a special school New

Martins Wood Primary School logoBrandles School has been part of the Stonewall School Champions programme for 3 years. During this time we have celebrated LGBT History Month, IDAHO Day and have consistently addressed LGBT issues that may occur during
any school day. Our aims are to make pupils aware of the meaning of homophobia and to establish an atmosphere where
the school becomes effective in reducing prejudice and raising self-esteem and to provide an environment where homophobic assumptions, attitudes and behaviours are always challenged. We are so aware that attitudes formed in childhood have a tendency to shape the way people think throughout their lives. 

We also hope, particularly with our entrance displays that the impact of our action goes beyond the school gates, as visitors to the school will recognise that we are an inclusive and LGBT friendly school.

Case Study:
Anti-homophobia (Primary)

Martins Wood Primary School logoWith Ofsted so focused on prevention of bullying, including schools' anti-homophobia work, this case study from Martins Wood Primary School may help show how it could be further developed in your school. 

Church of England Guidance to Faith Schools on Anti-homophobia Work

Ofsted Good Practice Resource

Tackling homophobic bullying and ingrained attitudesIn February 2012 Ofsted published the following good practice case study for tackling homophobia (secondary)

Yet another good practice case study from Ofsted on anti-homophobia and ensuring the safety of LGBT students

Nascot Wood Junior School Resources

In 2012/13 Nascot Wood Junior school has been preparing their staff to tackle homophobia effectively.  They have agreed to share their resources.  See how these might be of assistance to you.

Herts LGBT Guide New

The annually updated Herts LGBT guide can be downloaded here.

 

Hertfordshire LGB&T Partnership

Hertfordshire is committed to achieving equality within local services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGB&T) people. The partnership is a multi-agency group comprising of public and local community services as well as LGB&T people themselves, working to improve the ongoing support for people in the county.

If you are LGB or T please help us make a difference in your area by completing this questionnaire. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence and no individual will be identified. It will be used by the partnership to make sure the voice of the community is influencing services.

The link to the questionnaire is here:

Drawing the Line

Hertfordshire launched this County-wide initiative to relegate homophobia to the past during Anti-Bullying week.

Drawing the Line is now in its third year supporting Hertfordshire schools in promoting anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia across the school community.

LGBT Equality & Anti-homophobia

Work on LGBT equality and anti-homophobia is an essential part of every school's curriculum.  The Stonewall website recommends and produces a fabulous range of resources for both primary and secondary schools to assist in this process.

Secondary school resources and ideas:

Primary school resources and ideas:

The following powerpoint could be adapted for your use in an assembly or in the classroom.

LGBT Equality

If you haven't yet started work on anti-homophobia in your school, perhaps there are some barriers holding you back.

The following report identifies some of the key barriers that stop staff in schools from taking action to meet their statutory duties to deliver LGBT equality.

Research report  looking at barriers to raising or discussing sexuality with young people at secondary schools and youth work settings across South Yorkshire. The author interviewed young people, teachers and youth professionals for the report.

Young people said that homophobic bullying was not always dealt with effectively by schools and the report found that many pupils want to be taught about homophobia in their PSHE classes. The report says that teaching about lesbian, gay and bisexual issues is 'patchy' and the research suggests the importance of management support for staff working to raise awareness about sexuality issues in school and youth work organisations.

An executive summary is also available:

Homophobia in Sport

New Charter Tackles Homophobia

As part of the drive to tackle homophobia in sport, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and UK Sport last week jointly signed up to the Government Equalities Office (GEO) Charter on Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport.

The aim of the charter is to make sport a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. 

It also pushes the agenda of fairness, equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, bringing people together with a common goal.

Why not use it as a springboard for doing work on this in your school.

Resources

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

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

Living My Life New

‘Living My Life’ is a wonderful new 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

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FREE is Stonewall's ground-breaking new film for primary school students which looks at bullying, different families and the importance of being yourself.

No Bystanders
Film

Stonewall has launched a new secondary focused campaign - No Bystanders - with a hard-hitting and powerful 60 second film which shows that, unchecked, the abusive language children learn in the playground stays with them into adulthood. It encourages people – including gay people – to check their own language, and pledge not to be a bystander whenever they hear it from others.

In support of the campaign Stonewall co-founder Sir Ian McKellen, who also lends his voice to the film, said: ‘Abuse ruins people’s lives. We all have a responsibility to take a stand and put a stop to it. By making sure that bullying is reported and prejudice is challenged, we can help ensure that every person in Britain lives free from fear of persecution and violence.’

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Acting Chief Executive said: ‘This powerful film starkly shows how easily prejudice and bullying can escalate from playground teasing to grown-up violence. No one can afford to be a bystander to this bullying and that is why we are calling on people to make the pledge: hear it, stop it. ’

The No Bystanders film and pledge can be found at:

Hertfordshire Libraries Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Booklist

 

Hertfordshire libraries offer a diverse range of stock of interest to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered readers.

Ian McKellen's video on
anti-homophobia

The star of The Hobbit , Lord of the Rings and X-men has added his voice to a Stonewall anti-homophobia video. Gay young people interviewed for the video encourage schools to join Stonewall's School Champions programme, which helps teachers support gay pupils.

The video highlights the importance of taking action to prevent the homophobia that is experienced in so many schools. 

Use this video with staff, with anti-bullying ambassadors or as part of a lesson on homophobia.

Effective school leadership

Effective school leadership A guide for school leaders, including headteachers, deputy headteachers and senior leadership teams about how to take a whole school approach to preventing and tackling homophobic bullying.

Including different families

Including different familiesA guide for primary school teachers and relevant to secondary school teachers. 

Working with faith communities

Working with faith communitiesA guide for faith schools, schools with large faith communities, and anyone who is concerned about managing the relationship between faith and sexual orientation in an educational context. 

National Research

National ResearchThe School Report: The experiences of young gay people in Britain’s schools

The Teachers' Report: Homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools

Challenging homophobic language

Challenging homophobic language

Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual young people

Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual young people

Research Report

National ResearchDifferent families:

The experiences of children with lesbian and gay parents

 

Article/Lessons

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.

'Lessons on gay history cut homophobic bullying in north London school'

If you want to make a real difference and dramatically reduce or eradicate homophobic bullying and the offensive use of the word "gay" have a look at the ideas in this article. A school in north London delivered lessons that made a real difference.

Lessons, Assembly & Workshop Plans

Survey Questions for Young People about Homophobia

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

Homophobia:
Let's Tackle It

Features a wide range of top sporting personalities talking about issues of homophobia. This powerful footage creates an emotive and dynamic resource to combat homophobia and homophobic language in society.

Stepping Out

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

Alongside this we also publish the ever popular leaflet '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:

If you have any questions, or would like to request a sample copy, email: Sheffield.chiv@nhs.net or you can order online!

LGBT Equality & Anti-Homphobia

Why not raise issues around LGBT equality and anti-homphobia with students through the following article from the Guardian written by a soap star:

Charlie Condon, who plays a gay character in Coronation Street, says that despite the popularity of young characters such as Kurt and his boyfriend in US TV show Glee, two-thirds of gay teenagers are still bullied at school. He considers why - and what is being done to stop it.

Disfigurement

Key Stage 3

Drama, English & Art

Changing Faces is the leading UK charity that supports and represents people who have disfigurements to the face, hand or body from any cause. One in 500 children and young people has a severe disfigurement and one in 100 has some form of visible difference. These children have to deal with other people’s pre-occupation with their appearance on a daily basis; staring, comments, questions, ostracism and bullying can regularly occur. Without appropriate intervention these issues may impact upon the pupil’s psychological wellbeing, ultimately leading to withdrawal and underachievement.

 

Education professionals have a vital role to play in ensuring that children and young people with disfigurements are included and given appropriate support. Changing Faces offers expert advice, resources and training programmes in education. They have developed comprehensive, yet flexible, set of resources which will provide staff and students with the strategies needed to become more disfigurement confident. These lessons will help to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and equally regardless of facial appearance, resulting in a positive and inclusive school environment.

The lessons have been designed primarily for Key Stage 3 Drama, English and Art students, but can easily be adapted for use in other subjects or with other Key Stages.  An introductory booklet give an overview or click on the subjects to see the resources.

Below are example assembly ideas:

Achievement and Success - Images from the Paralympics 2008

Key Stage 3 & 4 Assembly - Beyond the Stereotype

Lesson Plans

Example lesson plans on difference and diversity:

Sexual Bullying

Negative Sexual Experience Document

These guidelines have been developed with the intention of helping to raise the profile of the issues of negative sexual experiences and ensure consistent and sustainable approaches across the county.

In line with national safeguarding responsibility for safeguarding children and young people, this document has equal regard and concern for safeguarding vulnerable adults who are not covered by child protection legislation.

Teenage Relationship Abuse

The home office have now also provided guidance on these important issues.

 

Useful Web Sites