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National Children’s Bureau wins work to tackle homophobic bullying

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has been awarded project funding from the government to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in schools.

The Sex Education Forum and the Anti-Bullying Alliance, both based at NCB, have been granted funding from a £2m package of support created by the Department of Education and Government Equalities Office.

The projects seek to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools which cause significant long-term damage to those on the receiving end and impacts everyday life and relationships across the whole school. Both projects will address the lack of confidence that many teachers report in tackling HBT bullying.

The Sex Education Forum will deliver training for 1,500 primary and secondary teachers, starting in Leicestershire and Nottingham City before moving on to provide training in six additional local authorities nationwide. The training will build teacher’s ability to deliver a curriculum of sex and relationships education, within personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, which is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and helps prevent bullying related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance will play a leading role in the Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) consortium, which will start its work with 10 schools across Avon and Somerset to build understanding of HBT bullying amongst both staff and pupils. The programme will assist schools to take a whole-school approach to tackling the problem and develop resources for use across the curriculum, training staff to address HBT bullying wherever it occurs, including amongst pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Training will then be provided for around 600 teachers, with best practice examples and resources from the project being shared nationally.

For more information visit www.ncb.org.uk.

Page Published: 24/03/2015