Archived Information for Educators

Regional Study of Homophobia & Transphobia in South Yorkshire (2011)

Eleanor Formby has produced a paper taking an in-depth look at transphobia and homophobia in settings supporting young people (schools and youth work) in South Yorkshire. The paper has some potentially useful insights and implications for national practice and/or future research.

Full Report: Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in settings supporting young people (PDF, 762KB).

Guidance for schools on preventing and responding to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying (PDF, 531KB).

Many schools now have robust procedures in place to deal with bullying. However, the prevalence of sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying may be underestimated. This guidance has been developed to help school staff recognise, report and respond to these forms of bullying.

This document forms part of the ‘Safe to Learn’ suite of anti-bullying guidance for schools. It outlines what school leaders and school staff can do to prevent and respond to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying. The guidance aims to do two things: firstly, build understanding around what sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying is and how it is relevant to schools, and secondly provide schools with the information they need to prevent and tackle this form of bullying. This includes the development of whole school policy and effective practice.

“The importance of teaching: The Schools” White paper

Our commentary on the White Paper highlights the problems of bullying perpetrated against trans people in schools and suggests means by which they should be tackled.

Full Report: GIA58C1 (DOC, 115KB)

Harsh Realities

A study in the United States by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) shows that transgender students face much higher levels of harassment and violence than LGB students. And these high levels of victimization result in these students missing more school, receiving lower grades and feeling isolated and not part of the school community.

The report also reveals that many of these students lack the school supports and resources that have been shown to improve school climate for LGBT students. Most of these students, for example, do not have access to a Gay-Straight Alliance in school and most reported not having a school or district anti-bullying or anti-harassment policy that specifically includes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

Full Report: Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools (PDF, 3.0MB)