For some months, SHEU have been collaborating with the lobbying organisation, Stonewall on a piece of research into young people's experiences of homophobic bullying. The Stonewall survey was an opt-in survey of young people, conducted over the Internet. SHEU were pleased to be involved in this important research, although the findings were often very sobering.
In other work, we have some examples of findings about homophobic bullying from whole-population surveys in schools. For example, we have occasionally asked whether young people are being bullied for different reasons.
So, from a number of local surveys in 2006, we found nearly 3% of 11,873 young people in secondary schools said they were experiencing bullying because of sexuality (being gay, lesbian or bisexual). That's about one in every class of 30 pupils. In 2005, in a single local survey of 2113 pupils, 2% reported the same. More boys than girls reported such bullying in last year's samples: 3% vs. 2%. And the proportion was higher among Year 10 pupils than in Year 8: 3% vs. 2%
To read the Stonewall's report on their website visit a press release and the whole report.