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No one is Equal until we are all Equal’

At the very end of 2016, all of the secondary schools in Highland were asked to take part in an Anti-Bullying Survey. It is also what sparked us to work with our youngsters to update our anti-bullying policy. I was really proud that we were the first High School survey where homophobic bullying was not by far the biggest bar on the chart. The Educational Psychologist team that helped us analyse our results were very clear that whilst homophobic bullying happens as a result of attitudes about sexual minorities, and about gender, it is also because it seems to be an effective way of bullying anyone, that 75% of those who are bullied in this way actually identify themselves as straight and are boys, that there is a complex pattern of attitudes towards using the word “gay” as a negative adjective and not clearly understanding that this is an example of homophobic bullying.

That is why it is important for all children that we stand up to all forms of discrimination and bullying. Through positivity and by celebrating diversity, we can make our world a better place to be.

So if anyone can do some Purple baking for a Purple Picnic at break time on Purple Friday (23rd February) that would be great!

A yummy way to celebrate the fact that we are all part of the same human race and smile in the same language