Homophobic bullying still a problem for teachers, says union

A conference organised by the NASUWT teachers' union has heard the majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teachers have experienced bullying and harassment related to their sexuality during their careers.

The conference, held in Birmingham, heard that:

  • more than 60% of LGBT teachers said they have experienced discrimination on the basis of their sexual identity in the course of their teaching careers;
  • over three quarters of LGBT teachers said they had experienced bullying and harassment during their teaching careers;
  • 60% of LGBT teachers said their school has no policy which explicitly opposes homophobia, biphobia and transphobia;
  • two thirds of LGBT teachers said it was not safe for LGBT teachers to be out at work.

“It is clear from the feedback from delegates that there is a still a huge amount of work still to do in schools to create a climate where all teachers feel respected and safe, regardless of their sexuality.

“The NASUWT will be meeting with Government ministers throughout the UK to discuss with them how they intend to address the concerns raised at the conference to ensure that pupils can continue to benefit from the skills, talents and expertise of LGBT teachers.”

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary