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3. Read your school’s inclusion statement.

This can usually be found on the school’s web site, and may be called a “mission statement” or an “Equal Opportunities statement” or “policy.” If you cannot find it ask the school secretary, receptionist or your Head Teacher to e-mail it to you or print you out a copy. Have a look at your school’s prospectus.

Do they state specifically that your school will not tolerate sexist, biphobic, homophobic and transphobic behaviour? It is important that they say this because not everyone (teachers included) may know exactly what is covered under your school’s anti-bullying policy.

If your school does not specifically name sexism, biphobia, homophobia and transphobia as distinct forms of bullying ask that they be included. If they say there is no need because they are not issues in your school, point out the ways in which they are. (This is where incident logs come in handy).

You might also like to refer your teacher to The School Report (2007).

For an example of a model Equal Opportunities statement click here