Brighton & Hove named top council for tackling homophobia in schoolsJuly 4th, 2012 by Admin
Leading gay equality charity Stonewall has named Brighton & Hove City Council top local authority in the country for tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.
The council has come first in this year’s Stonewall Education Equality Index. This benchmarks the performance of different councils using a wide range of measures, including:
- What policies councils have for working with schools and spreading best practice in tackling homophobic bullying and homophobic language
- How much training and guidance is available for teachers and youth workers on sexual orientation and lesbian, gay and bisexual issues and also diversity of family make-up
- How much local youth and LGB groups are involved in supporting schools and their pupils
- Surveying young people to find out their experiences of bullying
Stonewall has described as exemplary the work the council does jointly with its good practice schools and Allsorts Youth Project. Young people from Allsorts have delivered training to council and school staff and provided anti-homophobic bullying sessions in secondary PSHE lessons.
The commitment shown over a number of years in the city to tackling homophobic bullying is recognised, and Stonewall also praises the council for regularly collecting data from young people and giving them the chance to talk about their experiences.
Blatchington Mill school deputy head Nick Wergan said: “Creating an environment where our students are happiest, safest and learn best means ensuring there is no place for discrimination of any kind in our school, and valuing the the diversity and inclusion of all our students.”