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‘More teacher training’ needed to tackle homophobic bullying

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  1. Jock S. Trap 15 Jul 2011, 11:34am

    I welcome this as it is a positive step although will this include faith schools after Amendment 70 gives them the opt out on teaching about the LGBT community?
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    Surely for them to teach homosexuality as wrong they would also have the right to ignore homophobic bullying?
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    I hope this is something I am proved wrong with and all schools will have to bow to this.
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    It is long overdue but certainly a welcoming proposal… Now where’s the action?

    1. roger crouch 15 Jul 2011, 11:48am

      We were asked by Ofsted to suggest questions they should ask of kids about bullying and homophobia in schools. You can see our suggestions on Friends of Dom Crouch against Bullying on Facebook . Got a very positive response and Ofsted have said they would like to use us a sounding board. It has to apply to ALL schools.

      1. Jock S. Trap 15 Jul 2011, 11:56am

        Thank you for that Roger. It does have to apply to all schools and I hope it is enforced and those that will break this are penalised for doing so.

      2. Croydon Guy 15 Jul 2011, 6:43pm

        The issue is how to get the whole school – governors though to lollypop lady – to know how to a) prevent and b) respond to homophobic and transphobic bullying.
        I’m trying to get a project off the ground in Croydon that does the training (on all 9 equality strands). That also gets the teachers to propose and own the reporting and disciplinary procedures. However we must get LGB and T people and relationships introduced proportionately to others, throughout the curriculum.
        That takes special training sessions at the moment.
        But, in the long term we need those LGB and T people and relationships introduced into text books and teaching material, so they are part of the normal ethos of each school.

    2. Exactly, Jock.
      I think faith schools are pernicious from every point of view and that everything should be done to render them inviable short of an outright ban, which would be illiberal. But it is plain that they will generally do everything to undermine inclusive and pluralistic values. They must lose all charitable and tax-exempt status.

      1. Jock S. Trap 16 Jul 2011, 8:38am

        Totally agree Riondo.
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        I personally would like a ban on all faith schools as I find them too devisive and hardly in the best interest to bringing up in well balanced education.
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        If religion has to be taught then do it about all the major faiths no one single one.
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        Again, personally I would prefer material to be available and young adults to be allowed to make their own chooses with regards religion when they are old enough to understand and do so.
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        But that is all it is a choice, whereas being Gay is not and I find religion creates the wrong priorities.

  2. what about transphobic bulling? where’s the T ? Stonewall wouldn’t bring it up as they don’t care, but in terms of cultural attitudes & change its a significant thing to be addressed – especially if its the LGBT community being discussed.

    1. There are really good organisations like GIRES that do this work Nat

  3. Miguel Sanchez 15 Jul 2011, 6:30pm

    I wonder how “faith based” schools would handle it if the students there were bullied for being say Baptist or Anglican or for wearing a certain kind of shoes.

    They really amaze me that 1 day a week they say “Lve thy neighbor” but the other 6, they can beat the crap out of them.

    When will they realize that bullying is bullying PERIOD.

  4. The problem with that is the teachers are bullies themselves who are most likely Christians who go along with the lies they have been told by their parents and their grandparents who have been told to bully gays.

    1. SOME teachers, Tom. While there’s sadly some truth in what you say, there are also many teachers who abhor homophobic bullying and work hard to stop it.

      1. Jock S. Trap 16 Jul 2011, 8:51am

        Quite right, Iris.

  5. MORE TEACHERS NEEDED to tell children the truth about the harm the homosexual lifestyle causes, not about this nonsense of bullying. People are tired of that garbage!

    1. So you support bullying then, Sottom? Got no problem with children who kill themselves due to bullying? I bet you’d think differently if you or a child of yours was the one being bullied. And NO teacher will tell children the lies you’ve suggested above. Teachers deal in facts not loony propaganda from any fundie agenda.

    2. Jock S. Trap 16 Jul 2011, 8:54am

      Coming from a bully Sottom.
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      Funny though because most of us don’t need to change our names to make point.
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      However each time you make a homophobic comment you feel the need to change your name, surely proving my point I have always thought, that people like you are in fact cowards.

  6. poeticlicence 15 Jul 2011, 8:59pm

    T is always last to be thought of in need of training at schools, the amount of abuse transsexual people get from school kids is epidemic, oh how I do not look forward to the forthcoming 6 weeks of hell about to engulf me

  7. Good news indeed. However the next step is to weed out the homophobic and anti-gay teaches and reassign them to lower levels of income and status.

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