What you can do

Initial Teacher Training

Overview

Good initial teacher training (ITT) equips teachers with the information, resources and tools they need to help children and young people enjoy learning and fulfil their potential.

Primary ITT

Nine in ten primary school staff have had no specific training to tackle homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying, but more than two in five say children in their school experience homophobia. Find out how you can develop a programme of study for primary school trainee teachers which includes information on how to talk positively about different families, challenge gender stereotypes and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

Secondary ITT

Ninety five per cent of secondary school teachers report hearing ‘you’re so gay’ or ‘that’s so gay’ in their schools. But nine in ten have had no training on how to tackle homophobia. Find out how you can ensure that all secondary school trainee trainees know how to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people.

Why does it matter?

Schools have a legal duty to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All teachers should therefore be aware of their responsibilities under the law to address the problem and to support children and young people who sometimes feel excluded and isolated, for example lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) students and those with LGBT parents and families.

Newly qualified teachers should begin their teaching careers with the confidence to challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and support all young people in their care.