Diversity in Schools

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Our Diversity in Schools project, which started in autumn 2012, aims to challenge primary schools in Bristol to step up to the mark in addressing equality and inclusion, both in the curriculum and in the school.


Two out of five

primary school teachers say children experience homophobic bullying in their schools

Three quarters

of primary school teachers hear children use expressions such as that’s so gay or you’re so gay

Two out of five

primary school teachers hear children using homophobic language such as poof or dyke

The Teachers’ Report, Stonewall, 2008


This five-year project will address the needs of LGBT families*, enabling them to find out how their local schools are progressing and to set up or join a school-based support group.

Once a school has taken part in the project they will have:

  • Ofsted-ready equality policies and anti-bullying procedures
  • A school based support group for LGBT families, staff and governors
  • A Bristol-wide network of support groups
  • Any entry in a schools database showing progress and achievement, including Ofsted reports
  • Materials to help teach and integrate LGBT inclusion in the curriculum and classroom
  • Local best practice to share

* What is an LGBT family?
An LGBT family can be:
  • where one or both parents are LGB or T;
  • where the child or its sibling/s is/are LGB or T are perceived to be, or are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity;
  • where the child is looked after by other family members or guardians (private fostering) who are LGB or T;
  • where the child is adopted or fostered by an LGB or T family;
  • where any other family member is LGB or T;
  • where the child may have any number of people that they regard as their parents, and any number of them is LGB or T, irrespective of the relationship between the adults;
  • where the child may reside in more than one home, in which any of the above applies;
  • any combination of the above.


Teachers need to feel they can come out too, so children have positive role models and parents need to talk to their children about being gay – to tell them that homophobic bullying affects everyone.”

 

Paola Crouch, mother of Dominic Crouch, a boy who took his own life after homophobic bullying at school


DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT PLAN HERE

If you would like to find out more, or to take part – please contact:

Chair of Diversity in Schools: LGBT Bristol office:
Ross Harrison Sarah-Louise Minter
email ross@lgbtbristol.org.uk email sarah@lgbtbristol.org.uk
call 0117 353 4621 (part-time office hours)


We need to send the message that homophobic bullying, of any kind and of any child, is unacceptable. No child should have to suffer disruption, victimisation or fear as a result of bullying, whether on or off school premises.”

 

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, July 2011