At Great Marsden St John’s we take any sort of bullying extremely seriously. We want to ensure that everybody who is part of our school community, including staff, children, parents, carers and visitors are all treated with equal respect and that includes ensuring that a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation is not a cause for bullying.

Mrs Walsh, our Inclusion Manager attended a ‘Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in primary schools’ a Stonewall Train the Trainer course on Tuesday 24 Nov 2015. As a result of this training, she was able to train staff and governors at school about how to identify these issues and how to tackle them effectively.

We have continued to sign up to Stonewall on an annual basis and to ensure that we remain a Stonewall School.


What is homophobic, biphobic & transphobic bullying?

Homophobic: bullying based on a fear or dislike of lesbian or gay people.
Biphobic: bullying based on a fear or dislike of bisexual people.
Transphobic: bullying based on a fear or dislike of trans people.

Homophobic language is endemic in Britain’s primary schools and sometimes leads to homophobic bullying down the line. Three in tour primary school teachers say that pupils use homophobic language such as ‘that’s so gay or you’re so gay’. Most primary school pupil language don’t understand the meaning of the word ‘gay’ and aren’t trying to be hurtful. However, using word ‘gay’ to mean something rubbish leads young people to think being gay s something bad and creates an environment where homophobic bullying is seen as acceptable. FREE can help you tackle this issue by explaining the proper meaning of the word gay and why using it in the wrong way can be hurtful.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying are often based on gender stereotypes and children who don’t conform to gender stereotypes are more likely to be bullied for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. This can make it difficult for pupils for example to feel able to participate in the activities they enjoy or to wear the clothes of their choice. Addressing gender stereotypes is important as to so as to reduce the likelihood of homophobic, Biphobic and transphobic bullying happening in school and to reassure all young people can be themselves.

Did you know…?

9 in 10

Primary school teachers believe that lesbian and gay issues should be addressed in the classroom, but 9 in 10 have not had the training to do so.

3 in 5

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people expect their child would face bullying in primary school if it were known they had gay parents.

3 in 4

Primary school teachers say that pupils in their school use homophobic language.

2 in 5

Primary school teachers say children and young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, experience homophobic bullying, name calling or harassment in their schools

2 in 5

Two in five of trans young people say they first thought they were trans aged 11 and under and one in four lesbian, gay and bisexual young people say they were LGB aged 11 or under. ( Metro Youth Chances, 2014)

2 in 3

Primary school teachers who have included sexual orientation issue in their classrooms report a positive reaction from their pupils. Only 3% report a negative reaction.