Chris delivered two keynote lectures on Tackling Homophobic Bullying in Schools. Chris's lectures, featuring everything from banned books, the repeal of section 28 and gay penguins were very well received, described by several students as the highlight of the professional studies programme this year. Chris also ran small seminars with PGCE students professional studies groups exploring in very practical terms how students and NQTs can make a tangible differences in tackling this problem in schools.
I suffered from homophobic bullying throughout most of my teens at high school despite the fact I'm straight. Therefore, your lecture was very personal for me and I feel you opened up a lot of thought about how this type of bullying can be prevented.
Chris points out that, this is clearly indicative of how any young person, student, teacher or member of staff can experience homophobic bullying and how we all have a duty to challenge it. He also describes the ITE students The University of Northampton as amongst some of the most considered and reflective he has come across whilst giving these lectures around the country
I was highly impressed by the response and calibre of your trainees. I think they'll all go on to do very well.
The School of Education is looking forward to extending its work with Stonewall, perhaps building on the work of honorary Northampton graduate, rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben reports that he is passionate about tackling bullying and homophobia in sports. He set up the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation which has been supporting the work of Stonewall's Education for All campaign.
Homophobic bullying doesn't just affect young lesbian, gay and bisexual people, it can affect any young people perceived to be different, and stop them from achieving their potential, but we don't have to stand for this. Stonewall resources are now in every school, helping to tackle homophobic prejudice and bullying.
For further information on how the School of Education intends to work with Stonewall or to get involved please contact Gareth Honeyford or Anna Cox.
More information about Stonewall's education work can be found at www.stonewall.org.uk/atschool