Project information

Tackling homophobia in Cambridgeshire schools

We aim to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in primary and secondary schools to create a more inclusive and integrative environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) pupils and other pupils subject to homophobic bullying.

September 2011 - June 2015

Charity information: Sexyouality

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  • Need

    Need

    Young lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and transgendered pupils still face much discrimination within the school environment. Local research tells us that 4.2% of year 10 pupils identify as being LGB These Year 10 LGB pupils are consistently more likely than straight pupils to be the victims of a wide range of verbal and physical aggressions.
    36% of LGB pupils report to having been bullied at or near school (compared to 15% of straight pupils)

    Solution

    Through offering a range of services into schools we help to raise awareness of homophobia and the impact discrimination has on LGBT young people. We work with the pupils, teachers and the whole school community to support them in making the school inclusive for all LGBT young people and a place free of homophobia.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce homophobic incidents in local schools.

    Activities

    » Offer workshops to pupils in schools focusing on the impact of homophobia
    » Work with schools to implement a homophobic incident monitoring system
    » Offer training to teachers about how to challenge homophobic language and attitudes

    Success will be...
    -Increase number of schools monitoring homophobic incidents
    -Number of schools reporting a reduction in homophobic incidents
    -Number of schools we work with


    Aim 2

    To reduce isolation for LGBT young people

    Activities

    » To offer positive out LGBT role models in schools through delivering a number of services
    » To promote our youth work services through our schools programme

    Success will be...
    -Number of young people referred through to our youth work services
    - Increased numbers of LGBT young people who are open about their sexuality within school


  • Impact

    Impact

    We hope to make Cambridgeshire schools a more inclusive, tolerant place for LGBT young people to be. Our aim is for these young people to then be able to live without discrimination and be able to have equal opportunities. We will continue to work closely with local schools to monitor the success of our project.

    Risk

    As schools change status to academies there is increased competition for services . We have had to ensure our services meet the needs of the schools and we keep up to date with policy change such as the new Equality Act 2010. We have had to adapt our services to try to ensure they can be sustainable without the reliance of grant funds as there is less available grant funding during these times. To do this we are diversifying our funding streams.

    Reporting

    We will send out a quarterly newsletter to our donors informing them of our successes. We will also have a dedicated web page for our schools work and will use social media such as Face book and Twitter for those who wish to follow us.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,029

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,750 Travel Travel expenses to go to schools
      £2,000 Training materials Materials to take into schools
      £1,500 Marketing Website and promotional costs
      £18,229 Salaries 15 hour per week session worker and management time
      £2,550 Office costs Based on % of overall office costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Rayne Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    We will be working in schools within Cambridgeshire.

    Beneficiaries

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered children and young people will benefit mainly from this project. Wider than this the whole community would benefit as we support teachers and youth workers to be more aware of the needs of LGBT young people

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working supporting LGBT young people in Cambridgeshire since 1993 and within local schools since 2004. Over the past 3 years we have worked with over 5000 pupils delivering a peer education project. We have the experience and understanding of working in this area and are able to bring expertise to the project,

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Session Worker

    This person has valuable expereince of working with young people and with local schools.

£300

Will pay for a days training in a local school

SexYouality were superb. Their manner in dealing with our pupils was excellent: they encouraged open and frank discussion,

Teacher-Year 9, Cambridgeshire