What you can do

Local Authorities

Stonewall Scotland's Education Champions programme provides bespoke support and guidance to local authorities in tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in their local schools. As part of the Education Champions Scotland programme, local authorities work more closely with us and each other to establish ways in which they can address homophobic bullying and promote a safe and inclusive learning environment for all young people.

Key benefits

  • Exclusive action plan and benchmarking exercise
  • Priority and discounted access to Stonewall training
  • Stonewall Scotland representation at two local events or meetings a year
  • Use of the Stonewall Scotland's Education Champions logo to publicly demonstrate commitment to tackling homophobic bullying
  • Named Stonewall Scotland point of contact for support and guidance
  • Access to best practice from local authorities across Scotland and Britain
  • Networking opportunities with other local authorities
  • Priority access to Stonewall's latest research and publications

Why join the Education Champion programme?

  • Homophobic bullying is endemic in Scotland's schools. Stonewall research conducted in 2007 demonstrated that almost two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in secondary schools have experienced homophobic bullying. Furthermore homophobic bullying doesn't only affect lesbian, gay and bisexual young people; any young person perceived as 'different' or gay or who has gay friends and family may also experience homophobic bullying.
  • Tackling homophobic bullying in schools doesn't have to be difficult. Schools which take a zero-tolerance approach to homophobic bullying and ensure that staff have the confidence and support they need to tackle it, provide safe and positive learning environments for all children and young people. In schools that say homophobic bullying is wrong, gay young people are 60 per cent more likely not to have been bullied. Addressing homophobic bullying is easier with support. Our Education Champions Scotland Programme helps local authorities provide this support to schools.
  • Local authorities have an important role to play in addressing homophobia and homophobic bullying. They provide a guiding role for their schools, bring their local schools together to share good practice and take the lead in disseminating information to assist their schools in addressing homophobic bullying. The Education Champions programme helps local authorities to reflect on their existing good practice and build on their work to tackle these issues in their schools.

What do Stonewall Scotland's Education Champions do?

  • Encourage leadership
  • Provide a guiding role for schools
  • Consult with a range of stakeholders
  • Develop policies
  • Share information on best practice
  • Promote a positive learning environment
  • Celebrate achievements

Becoming an Education Champion

Membership of the Education Champions Scotland programme is £1500 per year, and is based on an initial joining period of two years. If your local authority is already a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, membership is at a reduced rate of £1250 per year.

To join the programme, simply fill in and return the attached application form. If you would like more information or to discuss Stonewall Scotland's Education Champions programme, please contact education@stonewallscotland.org.uk

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Scotland Education Champions application form