Supporting primary schools to develop a whole school approach to addressing homophobic bullying

Research has shown that children in primary schools use homophobic language and experience homophobic bullying but that it is often unchallenged. This could have a significant effect on the self-esteem of children who later turn out to be gay.
• Three quarters of primary school teachers hear children use expressions such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school
• More than two in five primary school teachers say children and young people in their schools experience homophobic bullying, name calling or harassment
• Primary school age children with gay parents experience homophobic language and bullying at school and few have heard same-sex families mentioned at school, making them feel invisible

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12 March 2014

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