Children leaving education due to homophobic bullying

    Many gay children are leaving school after taking their GCSEs
    due to homophobic bullying, it emerged this week,
    writes Amy Taylor.

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall estimates that up to 60,000
    gay children are being bullied at school and has launched
    ‘Education for All’, an initiative asking head-teachers
    to introduce policies to tackle the problem.

    According to the organisation, only six per cent of schools have
    such measures in place.

    Research carried out at the University of York found that gay
    pupils with six GCSEs are more likely to leave school at 16 than
    their peers.

    “Many of those who leave cite experiences of bullying and
    violence and have had a history of absenteeism as a consequence.
    That compromises children’s life chances forever,” said
    Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive.

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