The Sophie Lancaster Foundation provides vibrant and interactive events and resources to support schools in their initiatives to address bullying, hate crime and the attitudes and behaviour that manifest in response to difference. Independent research into how to successfully tackle prejudice and build social capital between communities, highlights how sustained educational initiatives are necessary to give insight into the identity and experience of others, to create empathy and an understanding of difference.
This is central to what we do. Since many of our resources are interactive and non-prescriptive, they also enable the specific issues occurring in the classroom to be explored in a secure, respectful way. This verbalising of views and perspectives is vital if views are to be challenged, reconsidered, or changed.
The Foundation’s resources contribute to a wide range of subject areas including PSHE, literacy, sociology, criminology, drama and health and social care.