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School inspections: do they tell us about sexual bullying in schools?


Ofsted published a thematic review on 19 June that looks at what schools can do to create a positive school culture and to prevent and tackle bullying. 37 primary schools and 19 secondary schools were included. One aspect of the survey, ‘No place for bullying’, was inspectors’ focus on pupils’ own experiences and understanding of bullying and its effects. Inspectors asked pupils what they would do if they were bullied, whether they had been bullied while at their current school and how well they thought their school dealt with bullying. Read the full story

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Feminist ‘Failures’ and Classroom Concerns


I’ve been a part of a few feminist reading groups in different UK-US institutions: lately this has posed a question of what kind of ‘feminism’ are we reading, evaluating and doing in these classroom encounters? Who can be the feminist-in-the-classroom and what efforts, labours and recognition come into play here? How do these encounters travel beyond the classroom and where, then, do we locate feminism? At Rutgers, I was lucky enough to participate in the Happiness reading group, where researchers across the career stage were encouraged to present their work-in-progress and to share views, critique and inter-disciplinary thoughts on the subject of ‘happiness’; how to get it, whether and where it arrives, and what/who sustains this, with the group facilitating its production as well as its disruption.  The explicit feminism/feminist(s) frequently arrived by virtue of certain bodies being in the room, declaring their presence and ‘outing’ their investments, often just by declaring their research interests. Happily or not, the feminist in the classroom cannot often be equally present or an unburdened absence (speaking only for herself) with the expectation too that she should take us, our feminism, to another level, revealing her feminist approach with her every articulation. Read the full story

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The Softer They Come: Elly Tams reviews ‘The Declining Significance Of Homophobia’


The Declining Significance of Homophobia is, according to its author, a ‘Good News story’ (p xxv). I capitalise ‘Good News’ for reasons that shall become clear. But focusing first on the main thrust of the thesis (and there is no reference to it but I am certain this is a book written out of a PhD thesis), the ‘good news’ is how teenage boys in the UK are less homophobic than in previous eras. Good news indeed. Read the full story

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GEA Responds to UK PSHE Review


GEA’s policy officer, Miriam David, coordinated our response to the UK government’s current consultation on Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). Read the full story

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That’s so Gay: challenging homophobic language


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Sexual Identity in Schools


There are many things to think about when considering issues around sexual identity and education. Because of the heteronormative discursive practices that dominate social institutions such as schools, non-heterosexual identities are often marginalised or invisible within schools. This is especially the case for teaching staff, many of whom feel that they have to hide their sexuality within their workplace. Read the full story

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Sexuality education: What is appropriate material for the classroom?


In most countries across all continents schooling at some level or another is compulsory. In most of the developed world education is mandatory from infancy to late adolescence. Schooling is then an integral part of growing up for most people whether we love or hate it, thrive in it or avoid it. Sexuality is also an integral part of most people’s lives and is linked to schooling in key ways.

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What is heteronormativity?


Heteronormativity is a term used by social theorists in order to discuss the way in which gender and sexuality are separated into hierarchically organised categories. It has become one of the most important ways of thinking about sexuality within the academic study of sexuality. Theorists have argued that a discourse or technique of heteronormativity has been set up, and subsequently dominates, social institutions such as the family, the state and education. Read the full story

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LGBTQ Resources and Schooling


In the first initiative of its kind in Australia, the Victorian Government has provided $80,000 to the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV), a partnership between Rainbow Network Victoria and the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA). Read the full story

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