Stonewall Steering Group
Stonewall is a lesbian, gay and bisexual rights charity in the UK. They do a lot of campaigning and work to ensure equality and justice. They also provide support and resources to schools enabling better support for pupils, and equip staff to tackle homophobic bullying with confidence.
“The Stonewall School Champion Programme helps hundreds of schools from around the country to promote a safe and inclusive learning environment – empowering pupils and staff alike to celebrate difference and challenge prejudice…”
After consulting with pupils and staff last summer, we decided to register for the programme. Following on from signing up in November, a group of pupil volunteers joined together to form the Stonewall steering group. They have been very positive and proactive. Our school has promoted the #No Bystander Campaign during anti-bullying week and have recently been planning and preparing to acknowledge and celebrate LGBT History Month in February. LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance to learn about and celebrate the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
I would like to finish with some wise words from one of our year 11 ambassadors – this is what being a culture & diversity ambassador means to her:
When I first heard of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard I thought that the idea of students getting involved in promoting equality for all was great and I knew that I wanted to get involved too! Luckily, a previous ambassador asked me if I wanted the join the team and I knew immediately that I did. I believe that it is vitally important that everyone is treated equally no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation or many other factors. Before I became an ambassador 3 years ago, I was hearing many negative comments regarding inequality and I didn’t have the confidence to tackle them, by joining this alliance, I believe it has given me the confidence to tackle this unjust language with the support of everyone, to push for a more equal society, and in particular in our school. Since, I have felt the actions the ambassadors have made has encouraged many to stand up and report discrimination highlighting our equality agreement further, also causing others to spread the word. I have felt that this opportunity has given me a wider understanding of current issues and has given me the responsibility of a culture & diversity ambassador I will always be proud to hold.