Labour has published its plan to eradicate homophobic bullying in every classroom, playground and dinner hall. The plan has the backing of Stonewall and campaigner and actor, Charlie Condou, as well as other leading rights campaigners. Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, announced the plan at Little Ilford School in London.
Under the plan, Labour will:
Maria Eagle said: “We have a situation at the moment where homophobic bullying in schools is having a hugely damaging effect on the wellbeing and educational learning of young LGBT people. This is having an impact not only on their daily lives but also leaving them with long term damage in adulthood. Labour’s plans, which have the backing of Stonewall and other leading rights campaigners, will ensure that schools are well equipped to deal with homophobic bullying as well as provide support to victims.”
Tristram Hunt said: “The presence of homophobic bullying in our classrooms, playgrounds and dinner halls is deeply troubling, and it is very real. The use of homophobic language and other forms of homophobic bullying is damaging the life chances of so many young people. It has a daily effect that limits learning, and causes people long term damage. There is no place for it in our society – and never should it be ignored in our schools. Schools have a duty to show a zero tolerance approach to the use of homophobic language and bullying.”