Stonewall UK School Report 2017

Date: 2nd October 2017
Category: Non-discrimination, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

'School Report 2017' is Stonewall's new research with the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge into the experiences of over 3,700 lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) pupils in Britain's schools.

The study shows that while progress has been made over the last decade, many LGBT young people continue to face significant challenges in Britain's schools.

Key findings:

  • Nearly half of LGBT pupils (45%) - including 64% of trans pupils - are bullied for being LGBT in Britain's schools.This is down from 55% of lesbian, gay and bi pupils who experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation in 2012 and 65% in 2007.
  • Half of LGBT pupils hear homophobic slurs 'frequently' or 'often' at school, down from seven in 10 in 2012.
  • Seven in 10 LGBT pupils report that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and a quarter in 2007. However, just two in five LGBT pupils report that their schools say that transphobic bullying is wrong.
  • Just one in five LGBT pupils have been taught about safe sex in relation to same-sex relationships.
  • More than four in five trans young people have self-harmed, as have three in five lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren't trans.
  • More than two in five trans young people have attempted to take their own life, and one in five lesbian, gay and bi students who aren't trans have done the same.
  • Download the report here.