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I just did an assembly for International Day Against Homophobia. The behaviour was appalling. Pupils were laughing and joking. How can I change a culture like this?

You can’t. Not through one assembly. How much work on IDAHO did you do before hand with the classes? Not just your class, but every class in the assembly that day. Did you alert other teachers to prepare their classes? And if you’re uncertain about how it’ll play out, an assembly maybe not the kind [...]

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Who uses homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and why?

Use of verbal abuse ranges from the ubiquitous use of the word gay to denote anything someone does not like or sees as broken to use of specific slurs such as fag, dyke, fudge puncher, rug muncher, lemon, queer, batty boy Cyber bullying is also prevalent and can take the form of bullying on the [...]

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The use of the word ‘gay’ by pupils. Where do we start??!

The use of the word ‘gay’ by pupils. Where do we start??!

Use of the word gay to describe a person, event or object they don’t like or is in their minds dysfunctional can fuel prejudice, exacerbate homophobia and needs challenging. When we don’t challenge it, we usualise (see Keywords) homophobia and send an unspoken message that condones such language. Timing is crucial here. Where at all [...]

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How do we record homophobic/transphobic bullying? Do we have to?

Legally you are not required to however it is good practice to do so. If you do not know what is going on how can you deal with it? It is important to train staff in reporting effectively and consistently, and to have forms which are easy and quick to use. The best way of [...]

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Should schools involve the police?

Should schools involve the police?

It depends if you class homophobic/transphobic bullying as a hate crime when it happens at school. You will always have to use your own judgement on such matters. Some police forces have LGBT police liaison officers who have skill and knowledge in the area. Some forces are quite proactive and will work with schools and [...]

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