Fact Service February 2023

One in two LGBTI teachers face abuse, survey finds

Over half of LGBTI teachers (52%) experience discrimination and abuse from pupils and parents, a survey by teachers’ union NASUWT has found.

And over a quarter (26%) of respondents say that the abuse has got worse in the last three years, not better. Only a third (33 %) report that their school has a zero-tolerance approach to biphobia/homophobia/transphobia.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT general secretary, commented: “With teacher recruitment and retention reaching crisis levels, governments and employers need to be doing everything in their power to make teaching an inclusive and attractive profession. But instead of being valued and respected, one in two LGBTI NASUWT members report experiencing discrimination and abuse at work.”