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LGBT History Month focuses on the celebration and recognition of LGBT people and culture; past and present to give educators scope to talk about the bigger picture of LGBT experience, in which LGBT people were the agents of change rather than just victims of prejudice. Most importantly for schools, resources have been created such as teaching packs and toolkits that cover lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity across the curriculum. This ensures that in every subject every teacher can make a positive difference. Homophobic/transphobic language and bullying, after all, could occur across the school, in any lesson. The phrase ‘whole school approach’ became crucial in school policies that now specifically mentioned sexual orientation.
Two specific types of teaching methods
Section 28 Resources
2013 was the 25th anniversary of the arrival of the local government censorship law Section 28, and the 10th anniversary of its repeal.
As part of our commemorations we have created a bank of resources covering the 15 year period that Section 28 was in place, charting the opposition to its creation by Margaret Thatcher’s administration, which led to the setting up of Stonewall, the opposition during its lifetime which led to some of the biggest street demonstrations ever witnessed on the streets of London and Manchester, and its protracted demise, which strangely took until the second term of Tony Blair’s government to achieve.
This material is only a small part of papers relating to Section 28 in the archives of the London School of Economics. The material is available to the public by appointment.
We would like to add to our own archive, and would particularly like to include photographic evidence of that inspirational opposition. Please send us anything relevent that should be seen – either by the current generation of LGBT teachers, academics and activists who were too young to have experienced it, or by those upcoming LGBT people who will otherwise not know it even existed. Please email us on [email protected]
This Prevalence of Homophobia survey was born out of the experiences of one secondary classroom teacher who was the subject of repeated physical and verbal abuse over a number of years. The abuse, as if often the case came mainly from a the small group of young lads whose grasp on their ‘masculine’ stereotype of fragile but was ameliorated in part by the common-sense acceptance of the diversity exhibited by the majority of students and staff. The real problem was the point-blank refusal of the school management to challenge such ignorance and thereby endorse the acceptance of diversity shown by the majority of the school.
NUT Prevalence of Homophobia Survey
Teachers want to be trained in how to deal with homophobia in our schools and we have the evidence.
Homophobia in our schools has been described as ‘epidemic’, the ‘last bastion of the bully’ and ‘the elephant in the room’. Following the Teacher Support Network/Times Education Supplement survey of teachers in 2006 and the Stonewall School report on 2007, the NUT Prevalence of Homophobia Survey began in 2008 in Oldham and further surveys have since rolled out across the North of England. Surveys have been carried out in Oldham (2), Salford, Trafford, Lancashire, Blackpool, Liverpool, Blackburn and Darwen. They are being organised in Nottingham, Brighton and Wakefield and can be found on the Schools OUT website www.schools-out.org.uk. They have all shown that:
- Homophobic behaviour is commonplace
- Teachers can be targets as well as students
- There is a significant demand for whole school training to deal with it.
Following the findings of these surveys, the NUT Luton Division was the first to carry out the survey outside the North and the East Midlands. We hope it will be the first of many.
These surveys are live and ongoing.
All the surveys and their findings are published below. These collected findings are exclusive to Schools OUT
(please note the Birmingham Students’ Survey is also available as an attachment)
Anecdotes such as this are sadly not uncommon, the goal of this survey was to provide a quantitative and qualitative voice to the thousands of the extra-ordinary teachers who everyday not only educate but provide for so many children the first line of child protection from bullying and other abuse. They are in an ideal position to advise of the extent of homophobia and what they need to better protect the children in their charge and thereby better challenge the ignorance that perpetuates such abuse.
Perhaps is it a measure of the distance between claims about priority of child protection in our society that this survey enjoyed no funding stream to finance relying completely on the voluntary endeavours of thousands of teachers, their unions and in three most welcome cases the local education authority. A number of obstacles were placed in our way seeking to either stop or bury this project over the last five years! Indeed, the only way this report has seen the light of day is through the good auspices of educational charity Schools OUT UK to whom we are most grateful
What has emerged with the kind assistance Prof Ian Rivers is the largest survey of classroom teacher’s measure of the extent of homophobia our children have to face on a daily basis in their schools tougher a professional reading of what classroom teachers required to affectively challenge such ignorance. How children are treated is a measure of the civility of a society – the hope is that this survey will help provoke action to make our schools safer, happier and more inclusive places to learn about our world and not least the of the wondrous joy of human diversity.
This survey is then the product of a lot of hard work by a large number of people over a number of years together the thousands of classroom teachers who took time from their impossible workloads to complete the questionnaire all of whom I congratulate and offer my sincere thanks.
Project Coordinator 2008-2013
NUT Prevalence of Homophobia survey results:
- Birmingham 2013 (New)
- Blackburn-with-Darwen 2010 (primary)
- Blackpool 2010 (secondary)
- Bury NUT 2009
- Doncaster 2013
- Greater Manchester 2012
- Kirklees 2012
- Lancashire 2012
- Lancashire 2009 (secondary)
- Liverpool 2010 (secondary)
- Luton 2011 (secondary)
- Oldham 2008 (secondary)
- Oldham 2010 (secondary)
- Salford 2010 (primary & secondary)
- Tameside NUT 2012
- Trafford NUT 2009
- Warrington NUT 2010
- Wirral NUT 2010