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1 Stonewall Cymru Tackling homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools Dylan Aubrey Evans Stonewall Cymru

2 Who are we? All-Wales Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual charity which aims to achieve legal equality and social justice for LGB people across Wales Founded in 1989 to repeal Section 28 of the Local Government Act – Does anybody know what Section 28 is? Based in Cardiff, but operates throughout Wales Sir Ian McKellen. You may know him as Gandalf or Magneto!

3 LGB Rights Homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales Section 28 introduced- not repealed until 2003 World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental illness Gay people were allowed to serve in the military Age of consent finally equalised LGB people given the right to adopt jointly as a same sex partnership Homophobic assault = a hate crime Employment Equality Civil Partnership for same-sex couples Anti discrimination laws introduced to allow fair access to goods, services, employment and housing for LGB people IVF allowed for lesbian couples with both partners named on the birth certificate Civil Partnerships allowed in places of worship Equal Marriage in England and Wales Equal Marriage in Scotland 1967 1988 1992 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2007 2009 2010 2014

4 Who are we?

5 More than two in five primary school staff in Wales say pupils in their school have experienced homophobic bullying or name-calling. Almost nine in ten secondary school staff in Wales say pupils in their school are bullied, harassed or called names for being, or suspected of being, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Four in five school staff in Wales have not received any specific training on how to tackle homophobic bullying. Homophobic Bullying – teachers views

6 Three in five gay pupils who experience homophobic bullying say that teachers who witness the bullying never intervene. Only half of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils report that their schools say homophobic bullying is wrong. More than two in five lesbian, gay and bisexual; pupils who experience homophobic bullying and even one in three gay pupils who haven’t been bullied don’t feel that they are achieving their best. Homophobic Bullying – pupil views

7 Legal Requirements Welsh Government launched their Tackling Hate Crimes and Incidents: A Framework for Action in May 2014 with three objectives on prevention, supporting victims and improving multi-agency response. The Equality Act 2010 places a legal duty on schools and local authorities to create a place where young people can be a part of their communities, live, work and have positive healthy lives, free of discrimination. The United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out rights that children and young people have. This includes rights to allow young people to have safe, healthy and happy lives.

8 Legal Requirements Section 28 was the law that prohibited promotion of homosexuality as acceptable within schools. Damaging law which has had lasting impact on education, repealed in 2003. Estyn inspectors look especially at the performance of particular groups of pupils (those who are/perceived to be gay) in addition to considering the extent to which pupils feel free from physical and verbal abuse in school. Estyn’s Action on Bullying report highlights that homophobic bullying is a top priority from inspectors in their inspection framework, ensuring that schools and local authorities are ensuring that children and young people are safe from bullying

9 Children who: are thought to be “different” in some way boys who don’t “act like boys” boys who don’t play sports girls who don’t “act like girls” girls who do play sports work hard in class or underachieve aren’t “part of the gang” have gay family members and friends Who experiences homophobic bullying?

10 What does it looks like? A six year old boy had often showed feminine tendencies, preferring to dress-up in female clothes etc. He would ask to carry my handbag. He always dressed up as a woman during playtime. He became withdrawn and refused to play with others for fear of name calling from others – this continued into the classroom. His mother was asked to come to school and the issue was discussed. The boy is very withdrawn, he is wary of older boys. His behaviour has deteriorated as has his school work. Abigail, teacher, faith primary school (Wales ) Stonewall, The Teachers’ Report (2014) Why this work?

11 What does it looks like? I have not experienced homophobic tendencies from pupils but was sitting in a staffroom not so long ago and heard an anti gay remark from a headmaster. I'm not gay but a female with a Gay Male friend. This upset me a bit. Kate, teacher, primary school (Wales ) Stonewall Cymru, The Teachers’ Report Cornerstone (2014) Why this work?

12 What does it looks like? Mark, eight, explains that because he has gay parents ‘when people say “gay”… I feel worse than other people’. Stonewall, Different Families (2010) Why this work?

13 What we’ve been doing… Resources


15 Questions?

16 Stonewall Cymru Contact us: Stonewall Cymru Transport House 1 Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9SB Tel: 02920 237744 Email:

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