Barnardo’s Celebrating Diversity with Pride - funded training

Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service are able to offer a fantastic opportunity to create a sustainable, embedded culture of promoting equality and inclusion, celebrating diversity and of effective anti-discriminatory practice.

Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service works to raise awareness around sexual identities and gender identities, and prevent discrimination and prejudice. We support young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trans and Questioning (LGBTQ) and work to tackle Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) discrimination and bullying, striving for a more equal society in which everyone feels able to be proud of and celebrate who they are.

We are one of six organisations funded by the Government Equalities Office, supported by Department for Education programme to tackle HBT bullying in primary and secondary schools: we were initially involved in the 12 month pilot programme, in which we used a whole-school approach to embed good practice, and we will be working with schools across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The work is funded and free to schools and is a fantastic opportunity to create a sustainable, embedded culture of promoting equality and inclusion, celebrating diversity and of effective anti-discriminatory practice. The programme aims to upskill school staff to ensure they have the confidence, knowledge and skills to effectively support children and young people around sexual and gender identities and to positively challenge discrimination and prejudice.  Attached is the brief providing details of the models of interventions available as part of the programme with information about next steps.

The overall purpose of the Programme is to reduce the incidence of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (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 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.

Since September 2013, Ofsted Inspections explore the school’s actions to undertake and tackle HBT bullying: OFSTED exploring schools actions to prevent homophobic bullying.  Schools will be provided feedback from their completed surveys, which can be used as evidence for future Ofsted Inspections.  Local authorities who will cascade surveys will also be provided with key trends from the surveys to inform their planning to support schools. We are really keen to work with cluster of schools as well as academy trusts so we can support primary and secondary schools to have an inclusive school environment. 

Next steps:

If you have not already completed an eligibility survey to be part of our Programme, please find the link below which we are asking schools to complete.  If you are eligible for the programme we will ask you to then complete a detailed survey (depending on if you are a primary or secondary school) which helps us assess where that school is at, their current approaches and where we may be able to offer support. This is about working with the school; identifying strengths, areas which we could help the school further strengthen and aspects in which we could support the school in developing. 

Model One:     

A “Whole School Approach” to addressing HBT bullying – we will work with your school for up to three weeks offering a range of interventions and support.

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.  Our aim to work with your school for up to 1 week offering a range of interventions and support.

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.

Completing the Survey (approximately 5 minutes to complete):

Please follow the link below:



Published: 26/04/2017
Audience: Headteachers / Safeguarding Leads / PSHCE Leads
Contact: Geraldine Cooper

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