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.

NUT Prevalence of Homophobia Survey

Homophobia in our schools has been described as ‘epidemic’, the ‘last bastion of the bully’ and ‘the elephant in the room’. Following the Teacher Support Network/Times Education Supplement survey of teachers in 2006 and the Stonewall School report on 2007, the NUT Prevalence of Homophobia Survey began in 2008 in Oldham and further surveys have since rolled out across the North of England.

Don’t Fence Me In

‘Don’t Fence Me In’ is a hard hitting, interactive performance piece that encourages the audience to take responsibility for their language choices.

The Homophobia Project

This production explores the emotional impact of homophobia in schools and aims to use a unique blend of drama and peer education to challenge homophobic behaviour.

‘To Be Straight with You’

Lloyd Newson of DV8 dance theatre company talks about their latest project, “To Be Straight With You”, which explores issues around culture, religion belief, and sexual identity.

Brief Encounters

‘Brief Encounters’ is a thought provoking, educative piece of drama about the lives of a group of young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Straight people at school.

Stop Hate Now

A Surrey campaign site aims to help the gay community with information, news, support and ways of reporting including third party