25 May 2012

Stonewall Education Conference to launch new research on scale of homophobia in schools

5 July event to receive pioneering School Report
Mark Thompson and Stephen Twigg MP among keynote speakers

Stonewall will release a major new report about homophobia in Britain’s schools at its seventh annual Education for All Conference on 5 July. BBC Director-General Mark Thompson and Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg will be among the keynote speakers at the event, which takes place at the British Library.

The School Report is a pioneering measure of the scale of homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools, based on a survey of 6,400 lesbian, gay and bisexual young people from across the country. Delegates at this year’s Education for All Conference will be the first to discuss the report’s findings. They will also benefit from expert guidance on new national education policies, and interactive sessions where teachers and other education professionals can share and learn about good practice. Stonewall will also announce the results of the 2012 Education Equality Index, which measures how effectively local authorities are preventing and tackling homophobic bullying in their schools.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘Too many young people remain terrified of school because they face homophobic abuse every day. Thankfully thousands of schools and individual teachers are working closely with Stonewall to help stamp out homophobic bullying. It’s right that they should be among the first to hear how that hard work is progressing.’

Booking for the event is open online nowA full list of breakout sessions is available on Stonewall’s Education for All website.

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