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Homophobic Bullying Oral Question, 22/04/10 [S]

During Question Time on 22 April Shirley-Anne Somerville (SNP) asked the† Scottish Government what steps it is taking to prevent homophobic bullying in schools.

The Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, Keith Brown, replied that Scotland's schools must be inclusive, welcoming places, where everyone can work and learn irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Scottish Government has funded Learning and Teaching Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland to develop a toolkit to provide schools and teachers with the confidence, skills and support to prevent homophobia and deal with homophobic incidents. Every secondary school in Scotland was issued a copy of "A Toolkit for TeachersóDealing with Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying in Scottish Schools" in February 2009. A DVD resource of the play "FIT", was also launched in March 2010. The film complements the toolkit for teachers and can be used as a resource to explore issues to meet a range of experiences and outcomes in the third, fourth and senior phases of the curriculum for excellence.

Furthermore, the Government has developed national guidance on the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007, which make discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation unlawful in a number of areas, including learning settings.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 22 April 2010 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 22 April 2010