I am a teacher. What can I do for my students?

As a teacher, you can encourage the younger generation to celebrate diversity and really tackle disability hate crime at its roots. Our free teachers’ resources were developed in partnership with the PSHE Association.

Use these to teach your students about difference and follow our guidance below to support your students who have autism and/or learning disabilities.

Watch the videos and use the buttons below to download our free KS3 teaching resources.

Reporting a hate crime

Often, disability hate crimes committed in the school environment or surrounding areas are treated as bullying. This is potentially a pre-curser to more serious crimes and must be tackled before it escalates.

If disability hate crimes are being committed on school property, it’s likely they are being committed in other environments too.

It’s important to report all instances of disability hate crime so there is an accurate report of crimes in the area and the police are aware of repeated incidences and problem areas.

If you suspect a hate crime has occurred, you can find out how to report it.

A free guide for carers and supporters

We’ve worked with the National Police Chief’s Council to make a guide about how to spot and report a disability hate crime, and what happens when you do.

Download the guide

The guide is for carers and supporters of victims of disability hate crime, but the information it provides can help anybody who is concerned about someone at risk of a hate crime.

It gives you an understanding about what will happen when you report a hate crime and the rights of the victim.

Visit the hate crime reporting website

The report-it website can give you more information about how to report a hate crime.

Watch the videos and use the buttons below to download our free KS3 teaching resources.

Talking to students who have autism or a learning disability

You can raise a child’s confidence, prepare them for the world and help them enjoy their time at school. Children who have autism or a learning disability are more at risk of abuse from other people – this includes adults and strangers as well as their peers.

“My child was bullied at school and online. Both reported to the school. I had a gang of children wanting my son to go outside so they could hit him, because my son who is autistic. He’s been called a retard and someone tried to gouge his eyes out. My son was excluded for pushing the boy away.”

Sometimes, children with autism or a learning disability might find it difficult to communicate and engage with you.

It is important your pupils with autism and learning disabilities understand disability hate crime too.

Being aware is the first step to preventing a serious crime taking place and knowing there are people who can help provide comfort.

Watch the videos and use the buttons below to download our free KS3 teaching resources.

Download your free teaching resources and help tackle hate crime

Our free KS3 teaching materials can help tackle autism and learning disability hate crime in the classroom. The resources are accompanied by comprehensive teacher guidance and a full lesson plan.

All materials are quality assured by the PSHE Association and have been developed through consultation with Dimensions subject experts.

Students will look at facts and myths about learning disability and autism, explore a day in Sam’s life, and look at men and women who have challenged stereotypes in the past and present.

Watch the videos and use the buttons below to download our free KS3 teaching resources.