Teacher training

The DRM training programme supports teachers and governors in challenging homophobic bullying and language in their schools. The sessions incorporate many of the key messages that we emphasize in workshops, offering a positive and simple approach to dealing with the issues associated with tackling homophobia and transphobia in a school setting.

Helping teachers to stop classroom bullying - key areas covered:

  • Why tackling homophobia is important
  • Key challenges & how to overcome them
  • Discussions and activities on the use of language
  • Scenarios
  • Suggested activities
  • Whole school approach
  • Q&A

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, emphasizing the importance of teacher training in tackling homophobia.

"It raised awareness for me of what we do and don’t do as a school to tackle the issues."
"Really well-constructed. Speakers were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable of the learning environment and the difficulty in tackling homophobia."
"Really well-delivered. I feel much more confident to challenge homophobia in my lessons."

The sessions are run by former teachers with years of experience in the classroom and who are familiar with the challenge of tackling discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Sessions address the specific needs of schools and teachers in tackling the issues that arise.

Staff training costs £250 for a one-hour session, £500 for a half day, or £800 for a full day.

e-Learning

Alongside our face-to-face teacher training, we also offer an e-Learning course, thanks to funding from the Government Equalities Office. This course takes around one hour to complete and is intended to be introductory in nature. As such, it is suitable for all school/college staff (both teaching and non-teaching), and we would encourage schools/colleges to have as many staff complete it as possible, to ensure that everyone has a shared understanding of HBT bullying and some basic strategies for tackling it.

Access to the e-learning is £10 per user, or £500 for a whole school. If you would like to sign your school up to e-learning, please get in touch with us.

For schools already signed up, teachers with an account can access the e-Learning modules, supporting resources and community forum on our website.

Governor training

Only one in five secondary school teachers and one in six primary school teachers in England and Wales say their school governors demonstrate a clear leadership role when it comes to tackling homophobic bullying (Stonewall, 2014).

Our training for school governors is designed to help governing bodies understand what HBT bullying is, why it’s important for schools to tackle it and the governor’s role within this. The full course lasts two hours, but shorter sessions can be provided. In the full course we cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying: What is HBT bullying, and how does it differ from other forms of bullying. Who is affected by it and what impact does it have? What are the main obligations for tackling HBT bullying: moral, statutory and Ofsted?
  • Supporting transgender young people: What does it mean to be a transgender young person and what barriers do they face at school? What additional support may governors need to ensure that their school has in place?
  • The role of governors: What can governors do to lead on this work? Which policies should they focus on implementing and improving? What types of questions should they be asking?
  • Action planning: What practical steps can governors take in their own schools after the training? Where they can get support to help as they lead on this work?

Governor training costs £300 for a two hour session. If you would like governor training for your school, please get in touch with us.

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