December 21, 2017

Sex and Relationships Education

People often only hear the word sex and they need to remember that education is about relationships too. Love and relationships one of the most important things in our lives and it is crucial to our health and wellbeing to be surrounded by people we love and about whom we care. Many people are in unfulfilling, dysfunctional and even abusive relationships and one can’t help wondering if the paucity and poor quality of SRE up till now is largely responsible.
In the light of this, we at Schools OUT UK welcome the overdue review of Sex and Relationships Education and the commitment to making it mandatory in schools and inclusive of LGBT+ people. We also welcome the public consultation announced on Wednesday. We very much hope to be a part of the consultation. Our position is set out below.

September 20, 2013

Message to Campaigners: No Innuendo Please

So Paddy Power don’t care what team you play for, and are enabling all footballers to wear rainbow laces in an attempt to challenge homophobia in Football. That is exciting and an interesting move. However putting on the laces is just a symbolic first step. It is crucial that – if you decide to lace up your boots with rainbows – you make a commitment to engage in behaviour and use language that celebrates LGBT people, that finds ways to …

February 20, 2013

Arsenal FC shows homophobia not welcome by hosting London schools LGBT sports tournament and showcase

Equality legislation, including the recent Westminster vote on marriage equality, should protect members of the LGBT community against discrimination and abuse.  But, a lack of LGBT role models in professional football means many young LGBT people who play the sport feel uncomfortable and hide their sexuality. It is important therefore that one of the Premier League’s top clubs, Arsenal, are hosting this year’s “Educate and Celebrate” London Schools LGBT sport tournament and showcase.  The club have pledged their support for …

August 14, 2012

NOT SO GAY! Homophobic abuse of our youngsters

Greater Manchester Classroom Teachers Speak Out – and highlight the homophobic abuse and discrimination experienced by their pupils and colleagues. Launch of Greater Manchester Prevalence of Homophobia Survey of 750 classroom teachers at the North of England’s largest celebration of human sexual diversity, Gay Pride 2012.

August 10, 2012

Birmingham Schools get ready to ‘Educate and Celebrate!’

Elly Barnes, voted No: 1 on The Independent on Sunday’s Pink List of influential LGBT people will be taking her ground -breaking ‘Educate and Celebrate’ programme to Birmingham this September.

July 11, 2012


‘Out’ lesbian teacher Elly Barnes has been ‘Highly Commended’ at the annual awards ceremony held by the Times Educational Supplement. The commendation came under the category of ‘Inspirational teacher of the year’ and is recognition of her commitment to educating students and staff about LGBT issues to eradicate homophobia in her school, Stoke Newington, North London.

June 20, 2012

OFSTED report highlights homophobic bullying in schools

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Schools Out has welcomed the OFSTED report into bullying in schools, ‘No Place for Bullying’ released on Tuesday. The report reveals a worrying level of bullying amongst both Primary and Secondary students and cites pupils with special educational needs and those who are, or are perceived to be homosexual as two groups that are disproportionately bullied. Many pupils reported that homophobic language was common.

April 12, 2012

Teachers stand up against homophobia

Teachers voted unanimously to voice their support for Schools OUT and LGBT History Month at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Conference over the Easter weekend. They also agreed to campaign for the recording and reporting of homophobic and transphobic incidents in schools; a national training programme for equality and diversity training for teachers and working with other groups such as Love Music hate Homophobia (LMHH) to combat prejudice and divisive groups such as the English Defence league (EDL).

December 01, 2010

Schools Out letter to the Education Secretary about the recent white paper

I am writing re-your recent white paper and commitment to eliminating homophobic bullying in schools.

You rightly say that two-thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils are bullied because of their sexuality, while straight students are often subjected to anti-gay abuse too. It’s also good to see you say: “Schools should take incidents of prejudice-based bullying especially seriously. It is important that they educate children about the differences between different groups of people and create a culture of respect and understanding.”

We welcome these supportive comments.