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Pupils: Bullying

Question for Department for Education

UIN 7381, tabled on 15 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department has provided to further education and sixth form colleges since 2010 to support them in tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying.

Answered on

21 July 2015

The Department for Education does not allocate monies to further education and sixth form colleges specifically to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying. Institutions are expected to manage these issues as part of their duty of care to their students. They may use a portion of their revenue funding to do so as they see fit. However, the Department funds a range of other activities and initiatives, such as changes to teacher training, to confront this issue.

The Government has awarded £2million to eight charities in 2015/16 to provide specialist support and training for thousands of teachers to combat homophobic, transphobic and biphobic (HBT) bullying in primary and secondary schools. This is on top of £1.3 million given to various anti-bullying charities to combat all forms of bullying in schools. The Department also provided £4 million to charities to tackle bullying in schools in 2013-15.