Good initial teacher training (ITT) equips teachers with the information, resources and tools they need to help children and young people enjoy learning and fulfil their potential. But finding the time to teach trainees about the range of issues they might experience during their teaching career can be difficult. Schools have a legal duty to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying. All teachers should therefore be aware of their responsibilities under the law to address the problem and to support children and young people who sometimes feel excluded and isolated, for example lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) students and those with lesbian and gay parents and families. Newly qualified teachers should begin their teaching careers with the confidence to challenge homophobic bullying and support all young people in their care, including LGB young people, from day one – wherever they teach.
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