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Promoting Equal Opportunities in Education - Project Two: Guidance On Dealing With Homophobic Incidents: Phase 1 Report and Recommendations

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Appendix 3: Interview Questions

Primary School Questions

  1. Do you think that the discussion of homophobia and LGBT issues is appropriate or relevant for pupils in primary schools? Why or why not?
  2. Is homophobia or the mention of LGBT people currently discussed in your school? If yes, where and how and why do you think this is important?
  3. How do you think homophobia and LGBT issues are best tackled with pupils? e.g. specific discussion/ as part of a wider discussion on discrimination/ external specialist speakers/ dedicated resource?
  4. How confident would staff in your school feel in challenging homophobic language or homophobic bullying if it arose? If confident, where does this come from?
  5. What would help to build confidence? e.g.CPD, reporting mechanisms, legislation, parental approval? What are the things that would make you able to talk about LGBT issues and handle homophobic incidents?
  6. What expectations are placed on school staff in terms of handling homophobic incidents? Same as racist incidents? Are these expectations the same for primary school staff as secondary school staff?
  7. Where do (1) equalities issues in general; and (2) LGBT issues and homophobia sit on the list of priorities for your school?
  8. Denominational schools: general thoughts about possible ways ahead in introducing LGBT issues and discussion of homophobia?
  9. Transgender issues: often sidelined - how do you feel about the discussion of transgender issues in primary school; should they be discussed along with lesbian and gay issues?
  10. Anything else to add?

Secondary School Questions

  1. Is homophobia or the mention of LGBT people currently discussed in your school? If yes, where and how and why do you think this is important?
  2. How confident would staff in your school feel in challenging homophobic language or homophobic bullying if it arose? If confident, where does this confidence come from?
  3. What would help to build confidence? e.g.CPD, reporting mechanisms, legislation, parental approval? What are the things that would staff able to talk confidently about LGBT issues and handle homophobic incidents confidently?
  4. How do you think homophobia and LGBT issues are best tackled with pupils? e.g. specific discussion in lessons, as part of a wider discussion on discrimination, external specialist speakers, dedicated resource?
  5. What expectations are placed on school staff in terms of handling homophobic incidents? Same as racist incidents?
  6. Where do (1) equalities issues in general; and (2) LGBT issues and homophobia sit on the list of priorities for your school?
  7. Denominational schools: general thoughts about possible ways ahead in introducing LGBT issues and discussion of homophobia?
  8. Transgender issues: often sidelined - how do you feel about the discussion of transgender issues; should they be discussed in the same way as lesbian and gay issues in school?
  9. Anything else to add?

Special School Questions

  1. ( Mention that some special schools have declined to complete the survey or be interviewed) Do you think that the discussion of homophobia is appropriate or relevant for pupils in special schools? Why?
  2. Is homophobia or the mention of LGBT people currently discussed in your school? If yes, where and how and in what way?
  3. How confident would staff in your school feel in challenging homophobic language or homophobic bullying?
  4. What would help to build confidence? e.g.CPD, guidance, parental approval?
  5. How do you think homophobia and LGBT issues are best tackled with pupils in special schools? e.g. specific discussion in lessons, as part of a wider discussion on discrimination, external specialist speakers, dedicated resource?
  6. Do you think that the same expectations in terms of handling homophobic incidents are placed on staff in special schools as in mainstream schools?
  7. Where do (1) equalities issues in general; and (2) LGBT issues and homophobia sit on the list of priorities for your school?
  8. Anything else to add?