To ask the Secretary of State for Education
(1) for what reasons no mention was made of transphobic bullying in sections 3.6, 3.19 and 3.20 of the Schools White Paper, “The Importance of Teaching”; and if he will make a statement;
(2) if he will ensure that information on where to seek guidance on how to deal with transphobic bullying will be included in the proposed new anti-bullying in schools guidance; and if he will make a statement.
The Government are committed to tackling all forms of bullying particularly those motivated by prejudice. We want every school to have a strong ethos on good behaviour which includes a culture of respect and acceptance among pupils, staff and the rest of the school community. The Schools White Paper, ‘The Importance of Teaching’, is a wide-ranging document which sets out the Government’s overall approach to different aspects of education, one being behaviour. In that chapter, we made it very clear that schools should not tolerate any form of prejudice-based bullying, regardless of motivation.
Homophobic bullying was cited as an example of bullying which is prevalent and often not tackled effectively. However in developing anti-bullying strategies, school staff should assess the particular motivations behind bullying in their schools including, where appropriate, any transphobic bullying, and incorporate those issues accordingly.
Our proposed new short advice to schools on preventing and tackling bullying will highlight transphobic bullying as one of the types of prejudice-based bullying schools should address. This advice will also signpost schools to further resources from external organisations who are experts in transgender issues. Officials have been working with a range of organisations in developing this advice.