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How are different groups, such as ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and disabled pupils, affected by bullying?

In 2001, a number of teachers in schools in the North East of England were asked about school issues concerning lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils, including homophobic bullying. Nearly half (47.4%) of the schools reported homophobic language being used at least once a week. The most commonly used words were 'gay' or 'puff', although the point was made that many pupils were now using the term 'gay' as a general term of abuse, in many cases no longer specifically referring to a person's sexuality. Twenty three per cent of the schools were aware of physical homophobic bullying. While the study found that many of the schools were aware of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in their school, and of homophobic bullying, only 15% of schools specifically mention homophobic bullying in their anti-bullying policies. It was also found that only 18% of schools had been involved in any training on issues affecting lesbian, gay and bisexual young people, including homophobic bullying.
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Article details

H Ford (2002) 'Homophobic Bullying in North East Schools. Summary of Research Findings', Newcastle Upon Tyne, England: MESMAC North East.

A limited number of copies of this report are available from MESMAC North East, 11 Nelson Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5AN, England, Telephone 0191 233 1333 or contact by email.
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