Tes focus on…Bullying of LGBT pupils

Teachers can unwittingly contribute to homophobic bullying through a support of gender stereotypes, expert Dorothy Espelage tells Zofia Niemtus. The way to stop such bullying, she says, is by talking openly about gender and sexuality in the classroom, and by fostering a sense of ‘school belonging’

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For anyone who thinks that the bullying of LGBT pupils has been largely eradicated in schools, a 2017 report from Stonewall makes for sobering reading. It states that 45 per cent of LGBT pupils in Britain have been bullied because of their sexuality or gender at school. This figure does represent an improvement – in 2012 it was 55 per cent and in 2007, 65 per cent – but 45 per cent of trans young people surveyed had attempted to take their own lives, along with 22 per cent of gay, lesbian and bisexual students. More than half of bullied LGBT pupils (52 per cent) felt that this bullying had a ...

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