George Osborne has announced new plans to do more to address the real problem of homophobic bullying in schools.
A key part of tackling homophobic bullying is to give teachers and heads the power to keep order and set clear standards of behaviour in their schools.
Under Labour, homophobic bullies excluded from schools can be returned to the classroom by a bureaucratic appeals panel, and teachers are often unable to break up violent homophobic bullying because of ‘no touch’ policies that prevent them from intervening.
The Conservatives will give headteachers the final say over the exclusion of homophobic bullies and give teachers the power to stop violent homophobic incidents.
We would also change government guidance on behaviour and exclusions to make it clear that bullying aggravated by prejudice – including homophobic bullying should result in tougher punishments. And in order to improve the level of information we have, we would include a new category in exclusions data specifically for ‘homophobic abuse.’
In summary, our approach to tackling homophobic bullying in schools involves:
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