Anti-HBT bullying programme


Free and comprehensive anti-HBT bullying programme for schools

Hasina delivering an assembly at a primary school in Croydon

What is this service?


We work with 300 schools to prevent and respond to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. We provide free bespoke support for each school, including student support, workshops, resources and staff training.

All schools receive training for all staff, which explores methods to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) language and bullying. You'll also choose a small group of staff and/or students to become anti-HBT bullying ambassadors in your school community. We can work with you for a minimum of two days of training and up to six months of support.

Is this for me?


You can get free support tailored to your school if you're in Greenwich, Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Kingston, Surrey or Kent. We're funded by the Government Equalities Office until March 2019.

  • HBT anti-bullying training for all staff
  • Training for selected staff and/or students to become HBT anti-bullying ambassadors
  • Diversity days with students
  • HBT conflict mediation training for staff
  • Workshops for non-engaged/aware parents/guardians
  • Advice line for students, parents/guardians and teachers
  • Conferences with staff, students and parents from across the project
  • Create an inclusive school environment
  • Help all students feel safe and celebrated
  • Increase staff confidence
  • Effectively respond to HBT bullying

Sign up for the project


Email niazy@metrocharity.org.uk or call us on 020 8305 5000. Any member of staff can sign your school up for the programme.

We'll get back to you within a week and have a chat about your needs. After you're signed up, you'll have two core training sessions on addressing HBT bullying. We can then discuss which elements of the programme are best for you.

Why we do it


Every child deserves to feel safe at school.

We know from our METRO Youth Chances Report (2016) that nearly half of LGBTQ young people (49%) say that their time at school is affected by discrimination or fear of discrimination. 61% reported name-calling and one in five were physically attackedĀ at school because of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

The government's National LGBT Survey (2018) found young people are increasingly likely to identify as bisexual, pansexual, asexual or queer. 57% of trans young people now identify as non-binary, but only 13% of trans respondents said their teachers understood the issues they faced.

Our programme aims to change this by working with schools to take an innovative and tailored approach to prevent and respond to HBT bullying, helping to create an environment where all students feel safe and celebrated.

How we make a difference


To tackle bullying effectively, schools need to understand the needs of all their students.

We've worked with over 3500 members of staff and over 2000 students, with just over 250 trained as anti-HBT bullying ambassadors. After taking part in our programme, 98% of school staff say they feel confident tackling HBT bullying, with 64% saying they feel very confident.

Young people's voices are at the centre of what we do. We train students and staff together to become anti-bullying ambassadors, which means staff learn from students' experiences and the realities of their lives.