Introduction for the survey

All children and young people should have the opportunity to enjoy and develop during their childhood, making a successful transition into adult life. It is vitally important that schools, organisations and wider communities create a safe and supportive environment for young people where they feel respected and where prejudices are challenged. Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying has a significant impact on the wellbeing, attendance and attainment of many lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans young people, and those questioning (LGBTQ) their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Since September 2013, Ofsted Inspections explore the school’s actions to undertake and tackle HBT bullying.  

Barnardo's aim is to provide LGBTQ young people a safe environment where they can reach their full potential; creating communities where diversity is celebrated and difference is accepted. We all have a responsibility to tackle and prevent all sexuality and gender identity based bullying and discrimination.

Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying Programme 2016-19

The overall purpose of the Anti- Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) Bullying Programme is to reduce the incidence of HBT bullying in primary and secondary schools in England by transforming the culture of how schools prevent and respond to HBT bullying in a sustainable way.  The programme has a new and specific focus to deliver two models of intervention across schools:

Model One: A “Whole School Approach” to addressing HBT bullying

Model Two: Targeted training for school staff, in order to build their confidence and capacity to prevent and respond to HBT bullying and build inclusive school environments.
 
We will work across Yorkshire and Humber region local authority schools to support them to tackle and prevent this form of bullying through either a whole school approach or a training only approach.  

The policy goal of this programme is to reach schools which have no, or ineffective measures in place to tackle HBT bullying. Therefore schools are not expected to have undertaken work on tackling HBT bullying in the past. This is important as:

a) we will be able to provide support to the schools which most need this intervention,
b) it will be easier to assess the impact of the intervention and
c) make a real difference in students’ lives.
 
This school recruitment survey is an opportunity for primary schools in Yorkshire and Humber region to demonstrate they meet this requirement of the Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) Bullying Programme 2016-19.  200 schools will be recruited to be part of this innovative programme; with the aim of commencing work in March 2017 until March 2019.  We will recruit a further 20% of schools in case we have any schools that withdraw from the Programme.  A timetable of intervention will be agreed with all schools covering the duration of the Programme with a mandatory requirement that all schools will be involved in the national independent evaluation led by the Department for Education and the Government Equalities Office.

As School Leader, you will review and identify what is already happening in your school, sharing areas of good practice and areas of development. Please answer as honestly as possible so we can tailor our work to the needs of your school.  The data collated in this survey will allow us to assess what model of intervention can meet the needs of your school – a whole school approach or a training only approach. 

The data will inform the action plan we will develop in partnership with your senior leadership team.  Please include examples of learning.

Please note that the closing date for completed surveys is 25th January 2017.

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