Gay teacher takes anti-bullying battle online

Deputy head of primary school in London, UK, hopes website and videos will help other teachers tackle homophobic bullying in schools

Gay teacher takes anti-bullying battle online
09 July 2012

A gay deputy head teacher in the UK who has been making waves with his anti-bullying policies has launched a website to share his tactics for fighting homophobia.

Shaun Dellenty won praise after teaching children as young as three at London’s Alfred Salter Primary School that being gay is about love not sex.

Now he is hoping other schools will follow his example by setting up a website showing staff how to tackle anti-gay bullying.

The Inclusion for All site features candid video interviews with teachers at his school, as well as information about the work he has done.

‘The more I’ve gone along this process, the more I’ve met people who want to do something about the problem of bullying but haven’t had the training,’ Dellenty told Gay Star news.

‘There seems to be a lot of fear among people lower down in schools doing it themselves without training and falling foul of parents or leadership teams. Similarly I’ve met head teachers who want to do something but are frightened about what the governors or parents might say.

‘I figured the best way to counter that was to have some sort of living, breathing school teachers, assistants and my head teacher there on the internet saying “We’ve done the work and the world didn’t end”’

He added that he hoped the website would also be a hub for gay equality groups such as Stonewall or Schools Out to use.

He said: ‘It seems to be having an impact and I’m now going into other schools and filming videos there as well, so it’s going to be bigger than the Alfred Salter Primary School.’

Last week, Stonewall’s School Report revealed that 55% of British youngsters aged between 11 and 18 experience homophobic bullying at school.

While 95% say they anti-gay words such as ‘poof’ or ‘lezza used and 99% claim to hear the phrases ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’.

Most shocking is that 56% of those surveyed in the survey of more than 1,600 gay pupils have tried to deliberately harm themselves, including cutting and burning themselves.
 

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