Birmingham praised by Stonewall for tackling homophobia in schools

By on 28/06/2017 in Cllr Jones, News, Partnerships

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  • Birmingham City Council impresses in Stonewall Education Equality Index
  • Index measures success of local schools and inclusion of LGBT issues
  • Local authority provides fantastic online support for LGBT young people

Stonewall, Britain’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, has again named Birmingham City Council as one of the best local authorities in Britain for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference in its schools.

This comes as the charity publishes its Education Equality Index 2017, listing the top 10 local authorities in Britain that are best for tackling anti-LGBT behaviour Birmingham City Council coming in the top 10 of the list.

Now in its seventh year, the Index remains a vital tool for local authorities to benchmark their success in making local schools inclusive of LGBT issues and young people, measuring practice and policy at all the participating local authorities.

Birmingham City Council’s anti-bullying work is driven by its inter-agency Bullying Reduction Action Group (BRAG). It is made up of an extensive range of partners including anti-bullying providers, educators, health services, police, schools, early years settings, community, youth and third sector organisations all of whom work together to prevent and tackle bullying in the city by providing training, developing resources and running campaigns. BRAG has worked hard to strengthen its relationship with Birmingham LGBT and the Out Central LGBT youth group.

Over the past year BRAG has set up its own StopBullyinginBrum website providing a range of support, guidance and model policies and a dedicated Twitter feed so that it can communicate more effectively with schools. It also runs an annual event during Anti-Bullying Week. In 2016, Stonewall provided one of the keynote speakers.

Birmingham has produced an updated Curriculum Statement, signed by cabinet members, which applies to all schools in the city based on the Equality Act 2010 and the Department for Education’s definition of fundamental British values. It stresses that all children should experience a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to learn in an environment without prejudice or inequality.

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said: “I’m really proud Birmingham has been recognised as one of the leading authorities in tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools.

“We have pioneered initiatives such as our home grown No Outsiders curriculum in our schools to make them safe, inclusive places for young people and staff. This reflects a tremendous and often brave effort across our school sector and we will keep on championing these values.”

Sarah Rose, senior account manager at Stonewall, said: “We’ve seen outstanding work from all of those local authorities that have participated in this year’s Education Equality Index – especially our top 10 and our award winners.

“Birmingham City Council has taken huge strides towards preventing anti-LGBT bullying. Its anti-bullying network, made up of a range of experienced partners, provides vital support and guidance to schools and young people across the area.”

The launch of the Index coincides with the release of Stonewall research, the School Report, a comprehensive survey into the experiences of young people, aged 11 – 19 years old, in Britain’s schools in 2017.

Stonewall works directly with over 1000 primary, secondary and special schools, as well as pupil referral units to help them celebrate difference and tackle anti-LGBT bullying.

The School Report 2017 found that anti-LGBT bullying has decreased substantially over the past decade.

Other results showed that seven in ten bullied LGBT pupils say teachers who are present during homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying do not intervene.

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For more information contact Joe Williams, Communications Officer on 020 3198 9293 or joe.williams@stonewall.org.uk.

Alternatively, contact Stonewall’s Press Office on 020 7593 1857, or email us at press.office@stonewall.org.uk.

Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, working to create a world where every single person can be accepted without exception.

It was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality. Stonewall continues to campaign and lobby government to change laws to ensure everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves.

Stonewall works in partnership with a growing network of more than 700 organisations to help create real change for the better.  It campaigns to eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in communities, and empowers LGBT people and their allies to be role models wherever they live, work, shop, socialise or pray.

To get involved visit us at www.stonewall.org.uk    Registered charity number 1101255

 

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