NUT Prevalence of Homophobia Survey Report 2016

NUT Report 2016 FI3

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

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.

Jeff Evans – Project Coordinator 2008 – 2013

 

NUT Report 2016

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Dear Reader,

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.

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.

Jeff Evans
Project Coordinator 2008-2013

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)

NUT Prevalence of Homophobia survey results:


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