A timeline of legislation, guidance & policy relating to challenging homophobia in schools since 1999

Today is 10 years to the day since Section 28 was repealed.

I made this huge timeline below because I wanted to track some of the key drivers for teachers and schools in challenging Homophobia since 1999 (to capture 2000 when SRE guidance was launched and is still in force to date despite mentioning “It it not about promotion of sexual orientation- that would be inappropriate teaching”.)  I decided to publish it for reference for others.

With thanks to John Lloyd for his helpful feedback and phenomenal knowledge on aspects of this timeline!
timeline A

The second part of the timeline goes into much more detail from 2009 to current date. Apologies that this second image is stupidly tiny, but if you click on it twice it should enlarge enough to be legible. There have been serious formatting headaches with the tables in the document from word into wordpress and had to convert to an image file which hasn’t really worked either! SorryTimeline image



DCFS (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (2007) Safe to Learn- homophobic bullying. Crown Copyright. ISBN 978-1-84775-029-7

DCFS (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (2007) Bullying around racism, religion and culture, Crown Copyright.

DCFS (Department for Children,Schools and Families) (2000) Safe to Learn-Sexist, Sexual and Transphobic bullying. Crown Copyright).

DfE (Department for Education) (2012) Preventing and tackling bullying Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies. Crown Copyright.

DfE (Department for Education) (2013) Consultation on PSHE Education Summary Report. Available from http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/p/pshe%20cons%20report.pdf [Last accessed 30/6/13]

DfE (Department for Education)   (2013?) The national curriculum in England Framework document –February 2013 Available from https://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/downloadableDocs/National%20Curriculum%20consultation%20-%20framework%20document%20(2).docx [Last accessed 30/ 8/13]

DfE  (Department for Education)  (2013?) The national curriculum in England Framework document –July 2013 Available from https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210969/NC_framework_document_-_FINAL.pdf [Last accessed 30/ 8/13]

DfE (Department for Education)   (2013?) Personal, Social and Economic Education Available from http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/b00223087/pshe [Last Accessed 11/11/13]

DFEE Guidance (Department for Education and Employment)  (2000) Curriculum and Standards. Sex and relationships education Crown copyright. Available from http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151715/https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DfES-0116-2000%20SRE.pdf [Last accessed 27/ 7/ 13]

DH Department for Health (2013) A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England.Crown Copyright.

FAE, J. (2013a) Return of Section 28: Why some UK schools have banned ‘promoting’ gay issues. Gay Star News. 19.08.13. Available from  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/return-section-28-why-some-uk-schools-have-banned-%E2%80%98promoting%E2%80%99-gay-issues190813 [Accessed 20/8/13]

FAE, J. (2013b) UK government removes protection for trans children in school 21.08.13 Available from http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-government-removes-protection-trans-children-school210813 [Accessed 21/8/13]

FAE, J. (2013c) UK government: Protections for trans school kids were removed in ‘error’. Gay Star News. 22.08.13 Available from http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-government-protections-trans-school-kids-were-removed-error220813 [Accessed 20/8/13]

GTC (2004) Code of conduct for Teachers http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/8257/3/conduct_code_practice_for_teachers.pdf Last accessed 30/6/13]

HANNAH, A. and DOUGLAS-SCOTT, S. (2008) Challenging homophobia: Equality, diversity, inclusion. London: The FPA.

HOYLE, A. (2013d) “Dear Schools (Academies?) Having “SECTION 28″ in Your School Sex Ed Policy Is NOT Acceptable.” Web log post. SexEdUKation. WordPress, 17 Aug. 2013. Available from https://sexedukation.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/dear-schools-academies-having-section-28-in-your-school-policy-is-not-acceptable/ [Last accessed 17/8/13]

HOYLE, A. (2013e) “Promotion of Homosexuality” vs. “Promotion of Sexual Orientation” – Section 28 actually never went away. Web log post. SexEdUKation. WordPress, 17 Aug. 2013. Available from https://sexedukation.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/promotion-of-homosexuality-vs-promotion-of-sexual-orientation/ [Last accessed 31/8/13]

JENNETT, M. (2004)  Stand up for us – Challenging Homophobia in schools. National Healthy School Standard. Department of Health, Department for Education and skills. ISBN 1-84279-200-8

OFSTED (2010) Personal, social, health and economic education in schools. Available from http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/personal-social-health-and-economic-education-schools [Accessed 13/12/13]

OFSTED (2012) No Place for Bullying. Available from http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/no-place-for-bullying [Accessed 13/12/13]

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STONEWALL Hunt, R., & Jensen, J. (2007).  The School Report: The Experiences of Young Gay People in Britain’s School. Stonewall. Available from http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/quick_links/education_resources/4004.asp [Accessed 1/3/13]

STONEWALL Guasp, A. (2009). The teachers’ report: Homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools. London: Stonewall. Available from http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/quick_links/education_resources/4003.asp [Accessed 1/3/13]

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Masters- chug chug chugging along….

This masters dissertation is currently DOING MY HEAD IN.

So I felt a quick offload in my blog might help me refocus and get back into the zone with it.

I started this masters in Sexual Health back in Sept 2006. Yes SEVEN YEARS AGO. YES IT IS THE LONGEST MASTERS IN THE WORLD EVER.

At the time I was looking for a way to get a qualification in sexual health to further my planned career in Sexual Health (at the time I started my masters I was an NQT teaching half science and half PSHE & Citizenship).  I got my PGDip in Sexual Health in 2009 (2/3rds of the masters whilst also working fulltime)  I think, and then I had two maternity leaves and now finally embarking on the dissertation to finish the whole thing off and get my masters in sexual health.

Trouble is 7 years later I am exactly where I wanted to be careerwise- I have my dream job working freelance for some incredible organisations and I now I am at a point where I don’t feel I need the masters qualification to help my career as I no longer necessarily think it will. My motivation for completing the masters has shifted as a result. In 2012 my dad died when my littlest child was only a few weeks old. He was the one who was very keen on me doing a masters and encouraged me all the time to stick with it.  The main reason I am is for his memory- finishing it would have made him so proud. Of course that means there are is all sorts of grief stuff tied up in completing this masters- but heck it gives me stuff to rant about in the reflective chapter.

Finally the most frustrating aspect of this process is I know I have no chance of doing very well in this masters. I currently hold ~75credits at distinction level and ~45credits at pass level. Which would be brilliant and might mean I was inline for at least a merit overall if it wasn’t for the fact I did 60 of my distinction level credits at a different university (my PSHE Certification plus professional practice module) and bought them onto this masters, therefore the grade cannot be counted. So now I have 15credits at distinction and 45credits at pass level and given the way this masters is currently going I am unlikely to achieve anything higher than a pass overall. Being a complete overachieving perfectionist lunatic all this work just for a pass level just does not seem worth it at all.

So I have 5months left to finish this masters. I am behind by about a chapter. I’m tired, I’m stressed, feels like I’m barely seeing anyone (kids and husband included!) and I am wondering if it is worth it. 

But still I plug on. Because the most awesome relief I will feel on the 2nd of Jan (how mean for a submission date- will have to get it printed and bound before Christmas!) when I hand this fecker in will be immense, I’m half way through. I will get there. A pass is okay and I might scrape a merit (unlikely but attempting to be optimistic).  I can and will be so proud of myself for finishing it under very difficult circumstances.

Plus with all the rewrites of sections I am having to do when I get sidetracked into a rant and have to cut it out again is giving me some awesome poncy blog material complete with academic references- as rather than waste that typing I am posting it here.

So it’s not all bad.


Sort of.


Any tips, strategies, motivational boosts to get me through the next 5 months gratefully received and if you EVER hear me mention a PhD please just get me sectioned.