~ News Archive Pre 2012~

Teachers’ Leader Accuses Government of ‘Neutering’ Equality and Human Rights Commission

A Teachers’ Union leader in February accused the Government of “encouraging a culture of contempt where discrimination can flourish” by ‘neutering’ the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and dismissing Equality Impact Assessments. Chris Keates, General Secretary of the Teachers Union the NASUWT (pictured), made the statement after a survey held in situ at the annual LGBT Teachers Conference in Birmingham on February the 23rd. The survey, which used ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ style handsets to test the audience’s reaction to several …


Birmingham Homophobia Figures Revealed

  A survey on homophobia in Birmingham schools reveals shocking levels of homophobia and a demand by teachers for whole school training to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Prevalence of Homophobia Survey, carried out by Birmingham National Union of Teachers and published on the Schools OUT website, reveals that 93% of Birmingham’s teachers have witnessed a homophobic incident, 26% have been on the receiving end of a homophobic incident and 72% of in-service teachers want whole school equality and diversity training. Among Newly- Qualified Teachers (NQTs) …


How I built a career in LGBT education

Elly Barnes has devoted her career to helping schools become environments in which LGBT students and teachers can thrive without fear of discrimination. She talks to Emily Drabble of the Guardian


Voyage of Discovery…

Young people from Wigan set sail on a Tall Ships adventure of a lifetime Explore. Dream. Discover…as Mark Twain once urged. And that’s exactly what one group of young people from Wigan are doing after to ‘throwing off the bowlines’ and ‘catching the trade wind in their sails’. The 11-strong crew, who are all members of the Wigan Council-backed B.yoU group, have swapped their home comforts for the high seas to take the Tall Ships Challenge. The trip has been …


Does coming out as gay or lesbian at the BBC harm your career?

Chantal Badjie, BBC Diversity Centre Last year the BBC’s cult business editor Robert Peston posted a blog  in which Colin (Lord) Browne, former CEO of BP, speaking at Arup’s staff LGBT network , claimed that the arts and media were much more tolerant of gay and lesbian workers than other working environments such as business and finance. Being openly gay was something Lord Browne never felt he could embrace, until he resigned from BP in 2007. But are the arts …


Cumbria Police to increase homophobic crime team to coincide with LGBT History Month

Cumbria Police is setting up a team of LGBT liaison officers, who will be in force from Friday to mark the start of LGBT History Month.

The service reported dealing with 36 homophobic hate crimes and three transgender hate crimes in 2012. However, they believe that many more go unreported.


A Resources special: Equality – Still out of sight and out of mind

Schools must tackle homophobic bullying as forcefully as they do other forms of discrimination, says Elizabeth Bridges*

For anyone who works in a school, bullying is an unfortunate reality. From comments about weight to remarks about ethnicity or disability, pupils – and some teachers – can be cruel and thoughtless.


Being gay at school remains difficult for teachers

Stonewall teachers report 2012

While many teachers wish to come out at school so they can be role models for pupils, there are still many issues around homophobic language and even lack of support from colleagues, Stonewall research reveals


Back to school with good sports

Champion powerlifter Chris Morgan is impressed when he meets sports fans at a London primary school and discovers they deserve gold medals in supporting equality


West Lancashire school leads the way in battle against homophobic bullying

Staff at Burscough Priory Science College are the first in the borough to be trained in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender(LGBT) awareness.

The training was provided through the National Union of Teachers (NUT) by LGBT rights campaigner Jeff Evans.


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