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Stonewall launches Starting Out Guide

Stonewall have launched the 2017/18 edition of Starting Out, 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.

Stonewall resources for Anti-Bullying Week

Stonewall have released some lesson materials to support schools with Anti-Bullying Week 2017.

For primary schools, they have developed a lesson plan based on the book ĎAre you a boy or are you a girl? By Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher.

are you a Boy or Girl

ISBN: 9780993192500
Publisher: TQUAL Books

Stonewall primary lesson plan - Anti-Bullying Week 2017

For secondary schools they have created an assembly which schools can use as is or adapt.

Stonewall secondary assembly - Anti-Bullying Week 2017

Stonewall Trans Visibility Day Resources Posters

Stonewall marked Friday 31 March (Trans Day of Visibility) by sharing these amazing posters of trans role models. These resources will help schools to make our community and the achievements of trans people worldwide more visible.

Schools wanting training or support on trans issues contact

Resources to support schools celebrating difference, families, relationships and gender awareness

EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) have just released a comprehensive resource to help staff in primary and secondary schools gain the confidence, knowledge and tools to create a safer learning environment for LGBT+ young people and their families.

It includes:

  • 7 primary school lesson plans covering celebrating difference, families, relationships and gender awareness
  • 10 secondary school lesson plans on prejudice-based language, bullying, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans media representation, prejudice, gender and social media
  • guidance on what the law says, teaching about LGBT+ identities and relationships, handling disclosures, staff training, anti-bullying policies and one-to-one support for LGBT+ young people

For further details and to download resources please see:

Stonewall Train the Trainers

This course for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools is being run by Herts for Learning. It is designed to facilitate cascade training and whole school development.

Stonewall - Train the Trainer Flyer - Primary

Letters for Schools - Primary

Stonewall - Train the Trainer Flyer - Secondary

Letters for Schools - Secondary

Estimates of bullying of year 9 pupils in England

A comparison of survey results from 2004 and 2013, showing how many fewer year 9 pupils are estimated to have been bullied in 2013. The release is based on estimates for 2004 and 2013, which come from the first and second ‘Longitudinal study of young people in England’:


ChildLine Schools Service - Programme for Years 5 & 6

Hertfordshire County Council and Herts for Learning are working together with the ChildLine Schools Service to ensure that all our Primary Schools have the opportunity to access their innovative anti-abuse programme aimed at years 5 and 6. This safeguarding programme includes a pre-visit meeting to give you an opportunity to review the content in detail and to support you in informing parents about the programme. Further details and how to make a booking are as follows:

'The ChildLine Schools Service is provided free of charge by the NSPCC. It is a ground-breaking initiative which we are aiming to deliver into every primary school in the UK once every two years.

Research shows that younger children can be especially vulnerable to abuse because they have less awareness of what it is and may not know how to seek help if it happens. We believe that with early intervention we could hope to see a reduction in the numbers of children suffering abuse and for children to speak up from an earlier age.

The objectives of the ChildLine Schools Service are:

  • To ensure children have an understanding of abuse in all its forms, including bullying, and an ability to recognise the signs of abuse.
  • To ensure children know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse.
  • To make them aware of how to get help and sources of help.

The delivery model is in two stages. Firstly, we deliver a 30 minute assembly to Y5 and 6 pupils to inform children of the different types of abuse and where they can go to seek help. The second stage, which happens approximately 1-2 weeks later, is an interactive classroom-based workshop lasting up to 1 hour, to reinforce the assembly messages and encourage discussion and questions.

We have found it really helpful to work with Local Authorities in other regions as the assemblies and workshops directly relate to the PSHE curriculum and also the objectives of the ‘healthy schools’ initiative.

To find out more and to book a visit to your school please contact Rachel Burrage, Area Co-ordinator for Hertfordshire:
Tel: 07795 970633