LGBT+ Bullying in Schools

Tootoot launch free World Pride celebration toolkit


Tootoot LGBT FlagJune marks the start of Pride month, a time to celebrate diversity, promote equal rights and recognise the contributions that LGBT+ people have made to the world.

Whilst society has come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, LGBT+ people still face stigma and prejudice in their everyday lives.

This prejudice can start early in an individual’s life, young people who identify as LGBT+ are more likely to be bullied in school and, in 2017, Stonewall found that 45 per cent of LGBT+ pupils in Britain’s schools were bullied for being LGBT+.

This can significantly affect the mental health of LGBT+ pupils when they are older - there is overwhelming research showing the correlation between being bullied as an adolescent LGBT+ person and developing serious mental illnesses later on in life. (Nancy L. Beckerman & Charles Auerbach, 2014)

There has been new legislation brought in this year giving better to guidance to schools about how to teach topics such as LGBT+ relationships and identities to their pupils. This will help pupils to understand that there is nothing wrong with being LGBT+ and will in turn help to remove prejudices and discrimination.

Since launching, tootoot has supported over 140 students to speak-up about LGBT+ cases ranging from homophobic bullying and name-calling to hate crimes. The number of cases reported on tootoot increased by 144 per cent between 2016 and 2018. This could reflect that already pupils have an increased awareness of what LGBT+ discrimination is, and are choosing to seek support for it using tootoot.

For Pride month we have created a free toolkit to help your school celebrate pride, improve awareness and make it easier for your students to speak-up.

Your toolkit will include:

  • Free targeted resources to encourage LGBT+ inclusiveness in your school
  • Access to tootmood – the simple feedback app that makes it easy to track the feelings and attitudes of your pupils
  • Access to tootoot – the pupil voice software that gives pupils a simple and trusted way to talk about any concerns

Click here to sign-up to the toolkit and we will be in contact shortly after.

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Written by Michael Brennan on June 06, 2019 08:44


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