Support U LGBT

Support U is the selected training partner for the Thames Valley and South West regions for the delivery of Stonewall's CPD-accredited Train the Trainer Courses.

Stonewall's Train the Trainer courses equip school staff to tackle Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying and give them the knowledge and skills to train other colleagues. This course was initially developed by Stonewall with support and endorsement from the Department of Education.

There are two Train the Trainer courses available, tailored to deliver material to the primary school environment, with a separate course for secondary and higher education establishments.

Course Objectives

  • Develop the confidence and skill to train their colleagues on tackling HBT, and celebrating difference in schools.
  • Gain an overview on the current state of Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic and the impact on pupil attainment and school performance.
  • Find out how to meet the Ofsted legal requirements under the Ofsted inspection framework and the Equality Act 2010.
  • Learn practical techniques to train staff at their school on tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying.
  • Have the opportunity to share and help build best practice and connections with local schools.
  • Benchmark their own school's progress on tackling HBT bullying.
  • Devise an action plan for their school for the next year.

Course Aim

To provide participants from local schools with the knowledge, tool and skills to empower them to train other staff in school on how to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying.

Course Content

This is a one day CPD accredited course which is split in to two sections. You'll be involved in various exercises throughout the day to develop and strengthen your understanding of HBT bullying, you will also reflect and contribute in discussions as trainers to identify best practice for tackling HBT issues in the school environment.

  • For Primary Schools
  • For Secondary Schools

Train the Trainer for Primary schools introduces HBT, offering a full overview of the impact it has on the wellbeing of students and families. This course takes a look at celebrating diversity, and developing best practice policies for schools to create a fully inclusive school community.

This course takes a look at what HBT looks like within the school setting, and focuses on challenging gender stereotypes and those perceived as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender); such as sporty girls, or boys who are academic.

Empowering teachers to tackle casual HBT language such as "That's so gay" or "You're so gay" in an appropriate way in and out of the classroom.

Train the Trainer for Secondary schools addresses Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying endemic, and the language which has a direct impact on student attainment and school performance.

"9/10 secondary school teachers survey felt they had a duty to tackle HBT bullying but didn't have the confidence and training to do so"
- The Teachers Report 2014, YouGov Poll by Stonewall.

The Train the Trainer course covers the legal obligations of Secondary schools in introducing LGBT issues in to education; including the 2014 Ofsted framework, and the 2010 Equalities Act.

Collaboratively we identify best practice for schools in teacher delivery and schools RSE's policy.

The Real Story

"Nearly one in four (23 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have tried to take their own life at some point. In comparison, Samaritans says seven per cent of all young people in general ever attempt to take their own life."

"One in three (32 per cent) gay pupils who experience homophobic bullying change their plans for future education because of it."

Source: Stonewall School Report 2012

Register Today

Register your interest for course commencing from summer 2016 to secure preferential pricing, subsidised by the Department of Education.

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