The Department for Education and Government Equalities Office commissioned a series of initiatives to assist schools in challenging homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying. Between 2016 and 2019 EACH worked independently and also with Barnardo’s, the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Sex Education Forum.
“Learn Equality Live Equal” saw EACH, the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Sex Education Forum create resources and deliver training to challenge homophobic, biphobic or transphobic (HBT) bullying in primary and secondary schools in a programme running between 2017 and 2019.
To ensure the learning from this project was shared as widely as possible, Sheffield Hallam University carried out an independent evaluation at the end of the programme. Key findings informed Government policy and built the sector’s understanding of how to reduce the incidence of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
Here’s some of the feedback from the schools with whom we’ve worked:
Horton Primary School “The training and support we received to promote equality for LGBT+ pupils and their families was excellent and informative. We are now much more confident in our subject knowledge surrounding LGBT+ issues and feel both the staff training and class workshop were perfectly pitched for our needs. I look forward to working with EACH again in the future.” Dawn Wootton, Deputy Head
Almondsbury Primary School “Informative training and educational. I took a lot away in terms of understanding.” Gavin Evens, Class Teacher
“EACH’s staff session was a great opportunity to talk with colleagues about the children in our school and in particular how we present diversity to them. I came away with practical ideas that I could use with my class. It was also clarified that even the youngest in the school can still be included – pitched in the right way” Becky Wingett, Class Teacher
“A well presented session. Activities were effective in focusing our thinking on the issue and stimulating purposeful discussion about the school’s policy and future approach.” Jo Duffy, Class Teacher
Cotham School “Thank you once again for facilitating a great session. The student group were really enthusiastic about how it all went. It was so valuable to hear their perspectives in that much depth. The staff engagement is what really stood out to me. Thank you once again, I cannot express how valuable your support and insights are.” Sarah Hepworth, Year 13 Tutor
Bristol Brunel Academy “This work has given us the chance to see how far our school has come with the support of all the team at EACH” Colin Clements, PLC Programme Leader
Wyedean School “EACH’s staff session was really positive and staff confidence has grown a lot which is hugely pleasing. It was great to hear so many different staff contribute positively.” Claire Rush, Head of Year 11
Elmlea Junior School “EACH delivered outstanding training for all teaching staff on challenging homophobic behaviour followed up with three class workshops which gave the children the opportunity to challenge their own preconceived ideas on gender. They loved it and had such good fun in the session. We are now in the process of reviewing about Anti-Bullying policy and raising diversity awareness through timetabling assemblies themes on this issue throughout the year. All of this would not have been possible without the support from EACH. Thank you!” Jo Sloper, Deputy Head
Ashley Down Primary School “ Working with professionals who have in depth knowledge of how schools work, children learn and their own strengths in raising and promoting discussion around stereotypes, gender and image has given me as a teacher the chance to see children shine in their discussion and enable quiet children to have a view and hear peers passion for making society fair and equal for all. I have taken away suggestions and ideas about to move this forward and share with all the children not just a few. It will always be an honour to work with Jonathan and find EACH a caring, supportive Organisation.” Tracy Hayton, Deputy Head
This opportunity has now closed, we’re afraid but if your school should like to commission a consultancy, some staff training or pupil engagement sessions with your children or young people ring the office or drop us a line by email and we’ll create a bespoke package tailored to your school, academy or college’s needs.
Training sessions were delivered in Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Luton, Norfolk, South Gloucestershire, Stoke-on-Trent and Worcestershire