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​Stonewall Education Equality Index


Cambridge University research (The School Report Scotland 2017) indicates that nearly half of LGBT pupils experience homophobic, biphobic or transphobic (HBT) bullying. Local authorities have a key role to play in addressing this problem and ensuring a safe learning environment for all young people.

Stonewall’s Education Equality Index measures how well local authorities support schools to celebrate difference and prevent and tackle HBT bullying, as well as support LGBT young people in their local community.

Why take part in the Education Equality Index?

The Index 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 HBT bullying.

Participation is completely free of charge.

  • The Index is a great tool for developing strategies and showing improvement year on year. Stonewall provides all participating local authorities with detailed feedback on their submissions, identifying best practice and areas to improve.
  • The Index has been devised by educationalists, equality experts and educational psychologists to ensure we’re asking the right questions.
  • 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 HBT language and bullying.
  • Stonewall research shows that reduced levels of bullying contribute to improved learning outcomes for the students concerned.
  • By raising awareness of best practice, the Index helps to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity across all protected characteristics for young people.
  • 39 local authorities around the UK took part in the Education Equality Index in 2017. This number reflects how committed local authorities are to tackling bullying. Participating will give your local authority unique insight into the work that local authorities from across the UK 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.

  • 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.

How to enter the Education Equality Index

Download the submission form and guidance for its completion:


Education Equality Index 2018 submission form for Scotland


Education Equality Index 2018 guidance

Closing date

The closing date for submission to the Education Equality Index 2018 is Friday 22 June 2018.

If you have any other questions about the Index, please contact us at or call 0131 474 8019.