Anti-bullying conference returns to Northampton

Published: Wednesday, 04 July 2018

The “I’m Still Me!” anti-bullying conference returned to Northampton this week, attracting more than 60 educators from 39 schools and organisations across the county.

Northampton Borough Council’s LGBTQ Forum, part of the LGBT Northamptonshire partnership, delivered the free event with the support of Stonewall on Monday, 2 July.

The conference, which was fully booked, took place at 1 Angel Square with the aim of helping primary and secondary school teachers positively tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools.

The programme for the day, titled Celebrating difference and tackling and preventing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools”, focused on practical ways of making primary and secondary schools happier, healthier and more inclusive. And included workshops which covered trans awareness, working with LGBTQ young people, tackling hate crimes as well as plenty of opportunities for sharing best practice.

In addition, attendees watched a performance of the ‘I’m Still Me’ production, which is an original drama piece created and performed by Northampton School for Boys students.

Cllr Anna King, co-chair of the LGBTQ Forum, said:  “The conference grows from strength to strength each year and we are pleased that so many teachers and educators are taking the issue so seriously.

 “Feedback from our fourth conference has been really positive and we’re pleased to be working with partners to ensure that all the support, resources and best practice available to schools is shared to help create happier learning environments.”