LGBT Equality in North East Lincolnshire

The Empower Education & Sexuality / Gender Identity Project

What is the project about?

A local education partnership worked together on a project investigating:

  • Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people in education, learning and training
  • How effective providers of education, learning and training are at supporting people and raising awareness of different sexualities and identities
Knowing what LGBT is

The work involved seeking participation and feedback from a range of staff and learners.

Downloads available here:-

"Executive Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations"
"Full Empower Report"
"Recommended Resources"

A huge thank you goes to Claire Collins for coordinating the research.

The research informed the development of the "Empower Toolkit".


How can I get access to the "Empower Toolkit"?

Visit and follow the simple on-line instructions. This is completely free and has been designed to help support staff that work in education, training and learning (although anyone is welcome to work through it).

The exercise will take no longer than one hour and, on successful completion, you will be able to download a personalised certificate, list of recommended resources and a summary of the material covered.

Part of a big mix

Can I download the illustrations used in the toolkit?

Yes you can! Here they are:- view all images

Why was this project commissioned?

Negotiating LGBT issues in the learning environment can be tricky. This project was designed to listen to a range of people's experience and ideas. It will result in developing training and resources that will help support professionals in promoting LGBT awareness and equality for everyone in learning.

The Schools White Paper 2010 (The Importance of Teaching) says:

3.6 We will... Expect head teachers to take a strong stand against bullying – particularly prejudice-based racist, sexist and homophobic bullying.
3.19 Teachers, pupils and charities report that prejudice-based bullying in particular is on the increase. It is of course unacceptable for young people to be bullied because of their sexuality, yet this happens to two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils. Ninety-eight per cent of young gay pupils hear the word 'gay' used as a form of abuse at school, and homophobic bullying is often directed at heterosexual pupils as well*.

* Research cited is Hunt, R. and Jensen, J. (2007), The School Report: The Experiences of Young Gay People in Britain's Schools, Stonewall

Tackle hate crime

The headline article from the local newspaper ("Not Gay in Grimsby", Grimsby Telegraph, 5th July, 2000) branded Grimsby as the most homophobic place in Britain.

More recently (2008/9), 'Key Findings' from a NE Lincs LGBT Research Project conducted in 2008/9 stated

"Schools and colleges should educate students about all types of sexuality and combat bullying, at present homophobic bullying is not taken seriously"

Everyone supported in education

"Young People: The general consensus was that not enough is done in schools and colleges across the region to combat homophobic bullying or to educate other students to the realities of their actions"

Nada Trikic, Ofsted's National Adviser for Equalities said: 'If a school is inadequate on equalities and the respect agenda, Ofsted has found it's very likely to be inadequate overall. There's a strong link between academic achievement and self-worth, which is one of the reasons it's so important to tackle homophobic bullying' (as reported July, 2010).

Hung up on labels

Who were the project partners?

They included The Grimsby Institute Group (project lead), Community Learning Services (NE Lincs Council), Franklin College and the NE Lincs Anti-bullying Coordinator.

How was this project resourced?

By The Learning & Skills Improvement Service and The Skills Funding Agency.