‘CHIPS’ Challenging Homophobia In Primary Schools

(from Elly Barnes, founder of Educate & Celebrate)

Educate and Celebrate welcomes volume 3 of Andrew Moffats’ ‘Challenging Homophobia In Primary Schools’ (CHIPS) and is very proud to advocate the resource to all primary schools across the UK to achieve our ultimate goal of making all our schools LGBT friendly.

In September 2013 Ofsted released new briefing for section 5 inspection called ‘Exploring the school’s actions to prevent and tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying’ which has 3 additional points for primary school inspection:

Inspectors should make sure that questions are age-appropriate and asked in the right context. With primary pupils inspectors might explore whether:

1.Pupils ever hear anyone use the word ‘gay’ when describing something or whether they have been told by teachers that using the word ‘gay’ to mean something is wrong, scary or unpleasant and is wrong

2.Pupils ever get picked on by other children for not behaving like a ‘typical girl’ or a ‘typical boy’
3.Pupils have had any lessons about different families (single parent, living with grandparents, having step-parents, having two mums or two dads)

More information available from the Educate & Celebrate website.