Support U, has become a Stonewall training partner for their train the trainer courses within the Thames Valley and the South-West. Support U is one of 60 organisations around the country to offer this stonewall training.
The train the trainer courses look to equip schools and their staff the knowledge and skills in order to tackle Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying. The main focus is to develop the confidence and skills of school teachers in being able to tackle such bullying as well as celebrating the differences and diversity within schools. The course also helps schools and teachers to understand the legal and Ofsted requirements under ongoing changes to the law and inspection frameworks. With separate courses for Primary and Secondary schools the initiative is part of the department for educations focus on tackling HBT bullying within young people.
Homophobic bullying is the second most frequent form of bullying in schools after bullying about weight. 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people say they have experience homophobic bullying. Nine in ten teachers want to tackle the problem, but have never been trained on how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying. Research conducted by the University of Cambridge highlight the detrimental impact this is having on the future of school children with attendance, attainment and future educational choices being effected.
Support U CEO Andrew Stonehill-Brookes; “We are really proud that Support U has become a Stonewall training partner. Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is a major problem within schools and is a problem that looks set to continue. Here at Support U we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying putting us in a good position to deliver this training.”
For more information about these courses or to book on one of these courses please look at the train the trainer section of the website at: https://www.supportu.org.uk/stonewall-teacher-training.php