The PSHE Association is delighted to be working with the Government Equalities Office (GEO) on its anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying programme 2016-2019. This programme aims to reduce the incidence of HBT bullying in primary and secondary schools in England by transforming the culture of how schools prevent and respond to HBT bullying.
This new programme builds on the success of the previous anti-HBT bullying pilot, which ran between 2015-2016. Whilst the pilot trialled a variety of activities and models, this programme seeks to further refine and build on the evidence base, and successful organisations are funded to deliver two models of intervention across schools:
- Model One: A “Whole School Approach” to addressing HBT bullying
- Model Two: Targeted training for school staff, in order to build their confidence and capacity to prevent and respond to HBT bullying and build inclusive school environments.
The PSHE Association has been contracted by the GEO to quality assure materials produced by the six participating grantee organisations/consortia. These materials include classroom teaching resources, training, school policy guidance and more. Over the course of the project, this page will feature all classroom teaching resources produced by the six organisations, that have been awarded the PSHE Association quality mark. Please see below for details of the six grantee organisations/consortia involved: .
Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service works to raise awareness around sexual identities and gender identities, and prevent discrimination and prejudice. We support children and young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Questioning (LGBTQ) and work to tackle Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) discrimination and bullying, striving for a more equal society in which everyone feels able to be proud of and celebrate who they are.
As part of the Anti-HBT Bullying Programme 2016-19 we will be working with 200 schools across Yorkshire and the Humber region to upskill and build the confidence and capacity of teaching and non-teaching staff so that they are able to embed good practice in their schools around sexual and gender identities and tackling HBT bullying. This will be achieved in a variety of ways, through whole school and targeted training approaches including delivering training sessions, reviewing school policies, setting up Ambassador projects and signing schools up to an LGBTQ Inclusive School Environment Charter. All 200 schools will become members of the Barnardo’s LGBTQ Network with an opportunity to become a Beacon School – a Hub of Excellence that shares good practice to other schools in their area.
The LGBT Consortium
The LGBT Consortium Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) Bullying Alliance (‘The Alliance’) are a partnership of 13 LGBT organisations that are delivering an innovative national project over the next 2 and a half years. The project works with schools across England, in conjunction with young LGBT people, to help school staff understand and tackle HBT bullying and provide more supportive school environments so every young L, G, B and T person can feel safe whilst undertaking their education.
Funded by the Department for Education and the Government Equalities Office, the overall purpose of the work of the Alliance is to reduce the incidence of HBT bullying in primary and secondary schools in England by supporting schools to prevent and respond to HBT bullying. The Alliance aims to support schools to: prevent HBT bullying from happening in the first place, effectively respond to HBT bullying when it does occur, and create an inclusive school environment for LGBT pupils and families.
As part of their work on this project, LGBT Consortium partners are producing useful factsheets for schools. With more to follow, the first six factsheets are available below:
- Factsheet - Child sexual exploitation and LGBT
- Factsheet - Rainbow Alliances
- Factsheet - Rural LGBT young people
- Factsheet - SEND and LGBT
- Factsheet - Terminology
- Factsheet - Unaccompanied Minors
National Children's Bureau (NCB)
With support from the Department for Education and Government Equalities Office, National Children’s Bureau are working to reduce incidents of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in primary and secondary schools through a new programme: Learn Equality, Live Equal.The programme supports schools to take a whole school approach to preventing HBT bullying, and to tackle it effectively when it does occur. It is delivered in partnership by the Sex Education Forum and Anti-Bullying Alliance, with support from Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH).Schools follow one of two training routes:
- School staff attend training to increase their confidence and competence to tackle HBT bullying, and are supported to share their knowledge with colleagues across their school with eLearning modules.
- School leaders benefit from bespoke, in-school support to engage pupils, develop policy and curriculum changes and equip staff over a full school year. Support is tailored to the individual needs of each school, allowing them to focus on their own priorities and work at an appropriate pace.
Click here for more information about the programme
The Proud Trust
The Rainbow Flag Award is a quality assurance framework for schools, primary, secondary and SEND. Through a process of self-assessment and ongoing monitoring and feedback, schools will determine how well they are providing safe and supportive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students, taking a whole school approach. The award will focus on six key areas:
Schools are encouraged to implement change and make improvements in each area where individual colour badges are available, with a full Rainbow Flag Award badge being presented upon satisfactory standards being met in all areas.The Rainbow Flag Award is a joint project between four national LGBT youth organisation partners:
The Proud Trust Education and Resource Pack for LGBT History Month 2018 has received the PSHE Association resource Quality Mark, and is available to download from the Proud Trust website.
Stonewall has been working with schools in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language for over ten years, with a network of over a thousand Stonewall School Champions. As the leading LGBT equality charity, Stonewall works with organisations as well as schools to change hearts and minds and transform institutions. Our aim is acceptance, without exception.
Stonewall is working with 500 Catholic, Church of England, Jewish and Muslim schools to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language. We are working in partnership with organisations for LGBT people of faith and church schools who have already shown best practice in this work. All schools have a responsibility to promote equality and foster good relations, this project enables those with a faith character to address the specific barriers they might face. All schools are able to access our resources for teachers online, and more will be developed as the project continues.
Our training is CPD accredited and gives one teacher the skills, tools and confidence to be able to take their learning back to their school and to empower their colleagues. Any school is able to attend our training. Courses include tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language, and many more topics too. To book your place on a Stonewall training session, simply get in touch at email@example.com.
Stonewall has produced a range of best practice guidance for the project which can be downloaded below:
- Guidance - Celebrating Diversity Through Pupil Voice: A guide for primary schools
- Guidance - Student Voice: Setting up a student LGBT group in secondary schools and colleges
- Guidance - Primary Best Practice Guide: How primary schools are celebrating difference and tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
- Guidance - Celebrating Bi Inclusion in Secondary Schools
METRO is a leading equality and diversity charity, providing health, community and youth services across London and the South East, as well as national and international projects. METRO promotes health, wellbeing, equality and participation through youth services, mental health and wellbeing services, sexual and reproductive health and HIV services and community participation and involvement.METRO works with anyone experiencing issues related to gender, sexuality, diversity or identity.
METRO Charity has been funded to deliver a comprehensive anti-HBT bullying programme. The programme is delivered free and will work with school staff to take an innovative and tailored approach to preventing and responding to HBT bullying; helping to create an inclusive school environment. The project is for primary and secondary schools, which have not yet participated in any anti-HBT bullying work.
For this programme, Metro Charity is recruiting schools in Greenwich, Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Kingston, Surrey and Kent. Participating schools benefit from a bespoke support package built from the following potential components:
- HBT anti-bullying ambassadors
- HBT bullying conflict mediation
- HBT anti-bullying training – including drama based HBT bullying film
- Workshop for non-engaged/aware parents/guardians
- Pupil, parent/guardian and teacher advice line