School claims that LGBT history lessons have almost ‘eliminated’ homophobic bullying

Teachers at Stoke Newington Secondary say that since they began giving pupils lessons on gay historical figures five years ago, homophobic abuse has more or less vanished from their classrooms.

The lessons that were introduced to tackle homophobia have covered figures such as Andy Warhol, Oscar Wilde, and Alan Turing, a wartime code-breaker.

The secondary school is now planning to share the lessons with hundred of primary and secondary school teachers.

The lesson plans were developed by music teacher, Elly Barnes. She says that her concerns began after she saw a pupil snapping a pen in two saying that it was ‘so gay’.

Her aim is to wipe out homophobia in all schools by giving staff the resources and confidence they need in order to tackle homophobic prejudice.

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