13 July 2016

Council’s LGBT support for schools rated among best in the country

Brighton & Hove City Council has been named among the very top local authorities in the country for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. 

Leading pressure group Stonewall has put the council in second place in its 2016 Education Equality Index. This rates the performance of different councils using a wide range of measures.

Stonewall has described the council as ‘consistently innovative’ in finding ways to celebrate difference, challenge prejudice and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students. 

They also praised the work the council does jointly with local charity the Allsorts Youth Project and American Express to support schools.  

Young people from Allsorts have delivered training to council and school staff and provided anti-bullying sessions in secondary PSHE lessons and primary school assemblies.  

Staff from American Express who are LGBT have visited schools to act as role models to support careers education.

The council’s lead member for equalities, Councillor Emma Daniel, said: “Children and young people are happier and do better academically when they feel safe and valued.  

“We want all our young people to be able to make the best of their talents without fear or prejudice.  

“The work in our schools on LGBT issues sits alongside other excellent equalities work challenging sexism and supporting BME pupils and those who have disabilities or special education needs. 

“We have been at or near the top of the Stonewall Education Equality Index over a number of years, which shows the consistency of our work in this area. 

“I’d like to thank our schools, the council’s education team, Allsorts and other partners for going the extra mile to support our children and young people in this vital area.”

Allsorts director Jess Wood MBE said: “All our fantastic schools across the city deserve huge praise for the tireless work they put in to change things for the better. 

“There’s always more to be done, but we’re delighted to be working with such inclusive and progressively minded schools who help make our city a safer and more supportive place for LGBT children and young people.”