On Tuesday 3rd July, the Government Equalities Office published the results of the national LGBT survey that ran between July and October 2017. In it, the survey reveals the experiences of LGBT people in a number of public spheres – including their experiences in education.
Commenting on the survey results, Russell Hobby, CEO of Teach First, said:
“Whilst it may be fifteen years on since the repeal of Section 28, the findings from this survey are a stark reminder that prejudices and barriers still persist.
“For many LGBT+ pupils, this means that the experience of growing up and going to school can be confusing, challenging and often lonely; far removed from the positive and enriching experience that we all want for every young person in the UK.
“Teachers up and down the country are stepping up to address the prejudices that still exist, and we have are proud of our part in these efforts. We see more numbers of LGBT+ people stepping into classrooms through Teach First each year, and they are amongst those driving the change that is needed.
“However, we at Teach First and all of society have a lot more to do until equality is reached.
"Teachers are at the heart of making sure that today’s prejudices will be no more than tomorrow’s history lessons. And so we will continue to recruit more fantastic teachers, place them where the need is greatest, and ensure that we celebrate diversity in all walks of life.