Tacking homophobic language and bullying:
LGBT= Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgendered.
HBT=Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic.
Schools have a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender reassignment (This includes tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying) and a duty to promote the safety and wellbeing of all children in their care including LGBT children and their families (Education and Inspections Act 2006)
School should be a safe place for every student, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. But many LGBT students face an alarming amount of bullying and harassment. Recent research by Stonewall shows that:
With these alarming statistics we ensure here at Horizon that are all staff are made aware of the impact of HBT bullying and the impact it has on young people and we know how to tackle HBT language and bullying. The children will also soon be made aware of a child friendly anti bullying policy which they can share as a class and contribute towards to.
Different Families Same Love:
I understand schools need to tackle HBT and LGBT bullying and discrimination but what exactly will my child be exposed to?
Lesson plans, assemblies and discussions around different families are all age appropriate and sensitive to those children with or without experience of the LGBT community. At Horizon Primary Academy we celebrate difference and diversity across the school and as part of this the children will be looking at different families, what makes a person unique and challenging stereotypes within the curriculum. Every child has the right to feel included in school life and be prepared for life in 21st century Britain.