– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 1st June 2010.

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Question S3W-33630

To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the adequacy of the arrangements for dealing with homophobic incidents in schools.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Scottish National Party

It is for local authority and schools to set their own arrangements for dealing with homophobic incidents. The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation unlawful and requires schools to make sure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pupils or the children of LGBT parents, do not receive different and less favourable treatment to that given to other pupils. Schools need to ensure that homophobic bullying is taken as seriously and dealt with as firmly as bullying on any other ground. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education also assess the school’s handling of bullying within inspection as part of the pre-inspection survey of pupils, parents, teachers and school staff, seeking their views on feelings of safety and welfare. Furthermore, the Scottish Government actively promotes the health and wellbeing of LGBT pupils through Curriculum for Excellence and the Toolkit for Teachers: Dealing with Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying in Scottish Schools .'01'09_tcm4-512286.pdf.

The Scottish Government wholly funds Respectme (£347,000 pa) to provide direct support to local authorities, schools, youth groups and all those working with children and young people in relation to bullying, including homophobic bullying.

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