Stonewall - tackling homophobic bullying

As an inclusive school, we stand against discrimination in all its forms, this includes teaching about the appropriate use of language; and never allowing the use language which is racist, sexist, homophobic, or concerns a disability.  The 'Valuing all God's Children' document as endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury provides the building blocks for our approach.  Sadly, even in the second decade of the twenty-first century homophobic language remains as prevalent as ever. Ninety nine per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people report hearing the derogatory use of phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school.

Unfortunately many of those schools still continue to cling to the old adage: ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’. The truth however, as good educators know, is that unchallenged use of ‘gay’ to mean bad or rubbish has a profoundly negative effect on young people’s self-esteem.