Andrew Gwynne MP has backed Labour’s plan to eradicate homophobic bullying in every classroom, playground and dinner hall. The plan also has the backing of Stonewall, campaigner and actor, Charlie Condou as well as other leading rights campaigners.
Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, announced the plan at Little Ilford School in London.
Under the plan, Labour will:
- Ensure that all new teachers are trained to tackle homophobic bullying;
- Provide support for those teachers already in the system to receive training to tackle homophobic bullying;
- Make age appropriate sex and relationships education compulsory in all schools;
- Promote mental health services for young people living with the consequences of homophobic bullying;
- Provide a national best practice ‘toolkit’ to equip schools with the resources to tackle HBT bullying
The announcement follows a Taskforce set up by Mr Hunt to consult and make recommendations on new measures to tackle homophobic bullying in schools and beyond. Mr Hunt made the announcement on a visit to Little Ilford School at the beginning of LGBT History Month.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The legacy of Section 28 casts a shadow over our education system. That is why repealing Section 28 alone is not enough. We need new training for new and long-standing teachers, and others in the school workforce.
“I back Tristram Hunt’s plan to rid our schools of homophobic bullying.”
Tristram Hunt MP said:
“The presence of homophobic bullying in our classrooms, playgrounds and dinner halls is deeply troubling, and it is very real. The use of homophobic language and other forms of homophobic bullying is damaging the life chances of so many young people. It has a daily effect that limits learning, and causes people long term damage.
“There is no place for it in our society – and never should it be ignored in our schools. Schools have a duty to show a zero tolerance approach to the use of homophobic language and bullying.”