LGBT issues in education

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Matthew Davidson

Dear Stirling Council,

(1) Please could you indicate the number of homophobic incidents targeted at pupils, reported in each of your schools (listed individually by name and number) that were reported in the 2016 - 2017 academic year?

(2) Please could you indicate the number of homophobic incidents targeted at staff, reported in each of your schools (listed individually by name and number) that were reported in the 2016 - 2017 academic year?

(3) Please indicate which of your schools have received staff training on dealing with LGBT issues and from whom (e.g. from a specific external organisation or the council).

(4) Please list which schools have either achieved Bronze, Silver or Gold, or are registered with LGBT Youth Scotland's School Charter Mark.

(5) For clarity and to put the above into perspective, please indicate the total number of schools in your council.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Davidson

FOI, Stirling Council

Dear Mr Davidson,

Your request for information has been logged and allocated reference FOI/10033.

Your request will be dealt with under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and a response will be issued no later than 13th July 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Catriona Lawrence

Records & Information Compliance Team
Stirling Council
01786 233988
[Stirling Council request email]

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ccefoi, Stirling Council

Dear Matthew Davidson,

 

I refer to your above request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002, which was logged by us as FOI/10033.

                                                                   

The following information has been provided in response to your request.

 

(1) Please could you indicate the number of homophobic incidents targeted
at pupils, reported in each of your schools (listed individually by name
and number) that were reported in the 2016 - 2017 academic year?

 

During 2016/2017 academic year we have one recorded homophobic incident
targeted at a pupil.

We are refusing  part of your request in relation to identifying the
school the incident took place using the exemption in Section 38(1)(b) of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 which relates to personal
data. In this case, we consider that disclosing the school may allow the
pupil to be identified, and is therefore personal data as defined by the
Data Protection Act 1998. Section 38(1)(b) of the Act only exempts from
disclosure information which constitutes personal data if in addition the
disclosure would breach the Data Protection Principles contained within
the Data Protection Act 1998. In our view, disclosure of this personal
information would breach the First Data Protection Principle which
requires disclosures to be fair and lawful, and for one of the conditions
contained in Schedule 2 of the Act to be met.

 

(2) Please could you indicate the number of homophobic incidents targeted
at staff, reported in each of your schools (listed individually by name
and number) that were reported in the 2016 - 2017 academic year?

 

During 2016/2017 we have one recorded incident of homophobic incident
targeted at staff.

 

We are refusing  part of your request in relation to identifying the
school the incident took place using the exemption in Section 38(1)(b) of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 which relates to personal
data. In this case, we consider that disclosing the school may allow the
staff member to be identified, and is therefore personal data as defined
by the Data Protection Act 1998. Section 38(1)(b) of the Act only exempts
from disclosure information which constitutes personal data if in addition
the disclosure would breach the Data Protection Principles contained
within the Data Protection Act 1998. In our view, disclosure of this
personal information would breach the First Data Protection Principle
which requires disclosures to be fair and lawful, and for one of the
conditions contained in Schedule 2 of the Act to be met.

 

(3) Please indicate which of your schools have received staff training on
dealing with LGBT issues and from whom (e.g. from a specific external
organisation or the council).

 

Some of our schools have begun to introduce a range of training for school
based staff, some delivered internally and some via external providers.

 

o One primary school has attended inclusive education training delivered
by TIE (Time for Inclusive Education)
o One  secondary school has delivered diversity workshops, introduced a
student support group and presented awareness raising assemblies
o One secondary school has delivered training to whole staff team in
partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland
o One secondary has worked with Stonewall as well as LGBT Youth Scotland

 

(4) Please list which schools have either achieved Bronze, Silver or Gold,
or are registered with LGBT Youth Scotland's School Charter Mark.

 

Two of our secondary schools have registered for LGBT Youth Scotland’s
charter Mark and intend to achieve bronze status in session 2017/2018

 

(5) For clarity and to put the above into perspective, please indicate the
total number of schools in your council.

 

We have 40 primary schools and 7 secondary schools.

 

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