School’s positive approach

February 28 2014

STUDENTS at Fairfield High School have been trained by campaigning group Stonewall to help stamp out homophobic language and bullying.

STUDENTS at Fairfield High School have been trained by campaigning group Stonewall to help stamp out homophobic language and bullying.
The school has had links with Stonewall since 2011, when the actor Sir Ian McKellen visited to talk about the importance of an active and positive approach towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.
Now Fairfield is working with the charity to train "champions" against homophobia, who will ensure students have a voice in the school's messages on equality and diversity.
The inspection watchdog Ofsted last summer said that homophobic bullying was rare at Fairfield “because of the extremely inclusive approach of the school and the excellent relationships fostered between students”.
The students who took part in the training were Bill Chappell, Holly Barber, Neil Tyldesley, Sabrina Sheekh, Ella Falk, Archie Booth, Alex Gosmore, Spike Rees, Leon Kelham-Mahon, Miranda Donohue, Oona Kendall.
Teacher Lee Mead said: "The students were a credit to themselves and Fairfield High School. They are working passionately on some ideas and projects they are going to run in our school."
Stonewall says that 90 percent of UK secondary school teachers say pupils in their schools are bullied, harassed or called names for being – or perceived to be – lesbian, gay or bisexual. Three quarters of gay pupils report experiencing verbal abuse and almost three-in-ten report being physically bullied.?
But over the past five years, the proportion of gay pupils who report that their schools take homophobic bullying seriously has increased markedly while the number of gay pupils who feel unable to speak out about being bullied has declined.??