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Understanding & Challenging Homophobia in Schools, Free Training, January & February 2014


Understanding and Challenging Homophobia in Schools

Free Training around Cumbria

January and February 2014

Homophobia Schools 11.15

‘The behaviour and safety of pupils at the school’ is a limiting judgement in the Ofsted Framework for Inspection. On p.41-42 of the School Inspection Handbook (September 2013, No. 120101), it is stated clearly that inspectors should consider ‘type, rates and patterns of bullying and the effectiveness of the school’s action to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment’. It also states that inspectors should consider the effectiveness of the school’s actions to prevent and tackle discriminatory and derogatory language – this includes homophobic and racist language, and language that is derogatory about disabled people’ .  This message is further strengthened by the  DfE guidance on the prevention of bullying which  clearly gives focus to issues of ‘difference’, and in particular, specific areas of difference that highlight the new Equality Act provision relating to the protected characteristics, sexual orientation being one. To support schools in developing a proactive and robust response to homophobic bullying, we have worked in partnership with OUTReach Cumbria and designed a half-day course, which balances input with reflection and interactivity. This course will help schools to:

  • Gain understanding of school’s duties under the Equality Act 2010 and how it fits within Ofsted’s requirements specifically in relation to sexual orientation
  • Gain and/or consolidate  working knowledge of what homophobia is  and ways it can be challenged by ultimately promoting respect for diversity
  • Access and sample resources and activities that support the teaching of difference in a way that promotes equality and challenge discrimination

 This course is suitable for staff working with KS2-KS4 children and young people. Each school will receive a resource pack to support schools to embed some of the ideas and concepts covered during the day 

Training dates Spring Term 2013:

Tuesday 14 January, 13.45 – 17.00, Blencathra House, Whitehaven

Tuesday 21 January, 13.45 – 17.00, Penrith Fire Station, Penrith

Tuesday 28 January, 13.45 – 17.00, Annex Room, Parkhouse Building, Carlisle

Tuesday 4 February, 13.45- 17.00, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow

How to book:

To book a place, or to request further information, please email the Equality Learning Officer/BME at

[1] Please note that there will be a charge of £30 p/delegate from Academies and Independent Schools

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