The Metro Charity was one of 6 organisations/consortia commissioned by the Government Equalities Office (then part of the Department for Education) in 2018 to support its anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying project. The charity works with 300 schools to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, offering support to schools in Greenwich, Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Kingston, Surrey or Kent.
The Metro Charity said: "We know from our Youth Chances Report (2016) that nearly half of LGBTQ young people (49%) say that their time at school is affected by discrimination or fear of discrimination. 61% reported name-calling and one in five were physically attacked at school because of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Our programme aims to change this by working with schools to take an innovative and tailored approach to prevent and respond to HBT bullying, helping to create an inclusive school environment where all students feel safe and celebrated.
So far we have worked with over 3500 members of staff and over 2000 students, with just over 250 of those trained as ambassadors. We have received glowing feedback from the schools we have worked with, and we have just been awarded Charity of the Year by First Give".
98% of school staff said they were confident tackling HBT bullying after being part of our programme, with 64% of these saying they felt very confident.
Each pack includes a presentation, detailed workshop plan, worksheets, and age-appropriate glossaries.