Through the School Champions programme, Stonewall Scotland partners with primary schools to help them celebrate different families and address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in the classroom.
Primary school children come from a variety of backgrounds and families. Celebrating and acknowledging different families is crucial to make all children feel welcome and enable them to learn how to value those who are different. Children prosper academically and developmentally in classrooms where they feel welcome and safe.
Unfortunately, hurtful language is very commonplace in primary schools.
Almost two-thirds of primary school teachers report hearing the word "gay" being used as an insult or to mean that something is rubbish.
This sort of homophobic language can affect any students perceived as different including boys who apply themselves academically, girls who "behave like boys" and kids with LGBT parents.
Why should my primary school join?
Meet your legal requirements under the Equality Act
The Equality Act 2010 introduced for the first time a duty on schools requiring them actively to tackle issues such as homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying and the protection of those who might experience it. Being part of the programme will help to ensure you are complying with the Act.
Help your students reach their potential
HBT bullying can have a profoundly damaging impact on young people’s school experience. By working with Stonewall Scotland to mitigate the worst harms of HBT bullying, you can help push your students towards their academic goals.
Empower your staff
It can be challenging to tackle HBT bullying and gender stereotyping in schools. Nine out of ten primary school teachers say they have not received any specific training on how to tackle HBT bullying. Stonewall Scotland can empower your teachers by giving expert and tailored advice.
Become a School Champion
School Champions membership is available as a free benefit of attending one of Stonewall Scotland's Train the Trainer sessions, which will be held regionally throughout the school year.
Stonewall Scotland’s Train the Trainer series provides participants with all the tools and techniques needed to train other staff on tackling HBT bullying and celebrating difference. It also provides support on how to positively celebrate difference in an age appropriate way and how to meet Education Scotland inspection requirements.
We strongly recommend that primary schools join the School Champions programme by registering to attend a training session in their area. Schools attending a training session will also be supported in conducting an Initial Needs Assessment and creating a personalised Action Plan. If you would like to join, but can't make any of the available training sessions, please complete this form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org