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Evaluation of an anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HB&T) bullying programme

Over the last two decades real progress has been made towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) equality in Britain. Yet, the government acknowledges that too many LGB&T people still face prejudice because of their sexual orientation or gender identity at every stage in their lives. This includes homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HB&T) bullying in schools, which, despite efforts, remains a problem. Preventing and tackling HB&T bullying in schools is important because it can stop LGB&T people reaching their full potential. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia can also be reproduced in schools if left unchallenged.

This report provides the findings from a mixed method evaluation of a programme of work to tackle and prevent HB&T bullying in schools and among young people. Eight initiatives working in the field of HB&T bullying and/or tackling prejudice and discrimination were funded to take part in the programme from April 2015 to March 2016.

The initiatives differed in their activities, the number and type of schools targeted, and the intended recipients (school staff, teachers, pupils etc.). A key difference was whether schools used a ‘whole school’ approach’, a series of short activities or one-off, stand-alone training or events. Most initiatives focused on training with school staff, with fewer activities with pupils.

The key aim of the evaluation was to demonstrate the perceived effects of different anti-HB&T bullying activities in order to help improve understanding about which of these activities seemed to work, in what contexts and why. This included looking at factors that were felt to help or hinder preventing or tackling HB&T bullying.