The Stonewall Education Equality Index is a comprehensive annual benchmarking exercise for local authorities, which will showcase how well they are tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in their schools and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in their local community. We know that local authorities play a key role in addressing HBT bullying and celebrating difference in our schools, and completing this Index will assist in your efforts in tackling this key challenge.
Cambridge University research (The School Report 2012) indicates that over half of lesbian, gay and bi pupils experience homophobic or biphobic bullying, while three-quarters of trans young people say that they have experienced name-calling and 28 per cent physical abuse at school (Metro Youth Chances report 2014). Local authorities have a key role to play in addressing these problems and ensuring a safe learning environment for all young people.
Stonewall’s Education Equality Index (EEI) measures how well local authorities support schools to celebrate difference and prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying as well as support LGBT young people in their local community.
Why take part in the Education Equality Index?
The EEI is the only nationwide auditing tool for benchmarking progress in this area. Participation is essential to clearly identify progress and demonstrate year on year how well your local authority is tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
- Free - Participation is completely free of charge.
- Helps measure progress - the Index is a great tool for developing strategies and showing improvement year-on-year. Stonewall provides all participating local authorities with feedback on their submission, while local authorities who are Education Champion members get detailed feedback, identifying good practice and areas to improve.
- Designed by anti-bullying and education specialists - Devised by educationalists, equality experts and educational psychologists to ensure we’re asking the right questions.
- Helps you meet your statutory obligations - Improving your performance in the Index will help you comply with the Equality Act 2010, and assist your schools in meeting the current inspection framework, which specifically focuses on homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and bullying.
- Supports improved performance - Stonewall research shows that reduced levels of bullying contribute to improved learning outcomes for the students concerned.
- You can help eliminate discrimination - By raising awareness of best practice, the Index helps to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity across all protected characteristics for young people.
- More and more local authorities are taking part - 50 local authorities took part in the Education Equality Index in 2016, our largest number ever. This increase in numbers reflects how committed local authorities are when tackling bullying. Participating will give your local authority unique insight into the work that local authorities from across the nation are doing.
Frequently asked questions
- Is the Index open to every local authority in the country?
Yes it, is. Every local authority across the UK is encouraged to take part.
- Will every local authority's results be announced publicly?
Only the top 10 local authorities will be announced publicly. All other local authorities who complete the Index will be told their position confidentially. It will be up to them whether or not to announce it publicly.
- Should we take part if we have only just started tackling HBT bullying in our schools and feel we still have lots to do?
Absolutely. No matter what stage of the journey you’re at, it’s beneficial for your local authority to take part in the Index. For those who are just starting out, this will be an effective way of knowing where you began, so that you can monitor progress year after year – particularly useful for justifying budget expenditure.
- How will the results be launched?
The results will be launched at our annual Education for All Conference in London. Each local authority will be contacted directly and informed of their score.
- Can schools enter the Index?
The Index is only open to local authorities. Although schools and local authorities may work together to identify progress in tackling HBT bullying and to complete relevant parts of the Index, the Index should be submitted by the local authority. Schools are encouraged to join our School Champions programme. It provides tailored support and guidance to primary and secondary schools in challenging HBT bullying and celebrating difference.
- Once we know our score, will we get feedback?
All local authorities that take part will be told their score, and local authorities who work with us through our Education Champions programme will receive detailed feedback with one-on-one meetings on how they performed and how they can improve in the future. If your local authority would like to join our Education Champions programme, please click here for more information on the range of support joining this programme offers.
How to enter the Education Equality Index
The Education Equality Index is now open. The submission form and guidance can be downloaded below. Please ensure you read the guidance notes carefully before completing the form.
The closing date for submission is Fiday 31 March 2017.
The awards for the Education Equality Index 2017 will be presented at the prestigious Education for All conference on Wednesday 28 June at the University of Birmingham.
If you have any other questions about the Index, please contact us at email@example.com or call 0131 474 8019.