'Education for all' is Stonewall’s campaign against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in Britain’s schools, which began in 2005. We work with primary and secondary schools, colleges, local authorities and academy chains, as well as the government and other organisations, to prevent and tackle discrimination in education, and to make sure LGBTQ students get the support they need.
How do young people get involved in the campaign?
- Through Stonewall’s Youth Volunteering Programme, young people run campaigns in their schools, colleges, universities and in their local communities. They design their own campaigns to prevent and tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and create LGBTQ-friendly communities. Our Youth Volunteers attend a residential training weekend and have the ongoing support of Stonewall and a specially trained mentor.
- Young people attend meetings with other people involved in 'Education for all' to share their experiences of tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
- Young people have spoken at Stonewall events like the Education for All conference and the annual Equality Dinner. We find that when young people share their experiences with people who are working to support young LGBTQ people and tackle discrimination, it helps them to better understand what needs to be done.
- More than 150 16 to 21 year olds attend our annual Youth Pride Event at Pride in London. Our Brighton Equality Walk is open to people of all ages and is a great opportunity to help raise money for Stonewall’s work and meet other people.
Find out more about how you can get involved with the 'Education for all' campaign.
Who else gets involved?
- The 'Education for all' Coalition. Over 70 organisations are members of the 'Education for all' Coalition, which is a group of organisations who are all committed to campaigning on a common issue. These include schools, local councils, charities and government departments.
- The Department for Education. We work with the Department for Education to make sure that tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is a priority for the Government.
- Ofsted. Ofsted is the organisation that inspects schools in England. We work with them to make sure inspectors look at what schools are doing to tackle discrimination and support LGBTQ students.
- Local authorities. We work with local authorities (borough, city and county councils) through a programme called Education Champions. This helps local authorities tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in local schools. Over 60 local authorities are part of the programme. Look at the list of Education Champions to find out whether you live or go to school in an Education Champion area. If you do, your local authority is already aware of lesbian, gay, bi and trans issues, and is probably keen to work with young people on these issues.
- Schools. Through a programme called School Champions, Stonewall works with individual schools to help them prevent and tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Stonewall provides teacher and school staff training, access to our resources and lots of other ways to support schools. Every type of school can join including academies, free schools, faith schools, special schools and state schools, so whatever type of school you attend (or used to attend) they are able to join the programme. Find out how to join Primary School Champions Programme or Secondary School Champions Programme.
Some people are gay. Get over it!
This slogan is a key part of the 'Education for all' campaign. You’ve probably seen it, or versions of it, all over the place. It was created and designed with school teachers and students for Stonewall. We wanted a clear and simple message to front our campaign to tackle discrimination.
- The slogan first appeared on stickers, posters and postcards that were sent to every secondary school in Britain.
- In 2007 it was on 600 billboards across England, Scotland and Wales.
- In 2009 it appeared in 20 train stations and on 3,500 panels inside buses.
- Lots of celebrities and politicians have supported the campaign including Sir Ian McKellen, Katy Perry, Alan Carr, Dannii Minogue, Rhona Cameron and Sarah Waters!
There are lots of variations of the slogan available now:
Stonewall has t-shirts, posters, stickers and other stuff that you can order from here!