Schools: Bullying

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 30th November 2020.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, for what reason the Anti-bullying grant fund has not been extended beyond March 2020; and if she will allocate additional funding to support the extensions of that fund.

Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, for what reason the Government did not extend the Anti-bullying grant fund beyond March 2020.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

We want to ensure that all children, whoever they are, are kept safe in schools. Since 2016, we have invested £4m to support schools in preventing and addressing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, reaching 2,250 schools in England. This programme concluded in March 2020 and we are currently evaluating it.

In our 2019 Manifesto, we made clear our commitment to continuing to help teachers tackle bullying, including homophobic bullying, and the Government is continuing to fund anti-bullying projects. The Department for Education announced £750k of funding in June for three charitable organisations, including a project for victims of hate-related bullying.

The Department for Education is also rolling out new inclusive statutory Relationships Education in all primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education in all secondary schools, so that children leave school prepared for life in modern, diverse, Britain.

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