Guide set to promote LGBT-inclusivity in primary schools


A new guide is set to help primary school teachers to deliver an LGBT-inclusive curriculum.

Primary school teachers have been given advice on LGBT inclusivity. Image: Adobe Stock
Primary school teachers have been given advice on LGBT inclusivity. Image: Adobe Stock

The free resource – published by charity Stonewall in conjunction with education publisher Pearson – offers practical support and ideas for schools to include issues around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and families into their lessons.

It has been produced in response to research carried out by the charity that found nearly half (45 per cent) of LGBT young people are bullied because of their gender identity.

The Stonewall School Report also found two in five pupils (40 per cent) are not taught anything about LGBT issues.

The charity said it hoped the guide, believed to be the first of its kind for primary schools, would help create learning environments where each pupil felt accepted.

It contains a glossary for pupils and staff, as well as example lesson plans and tips on building LGBT role models into the curriculum.

It also advises providing examples in lessons that refer to different family arrangements where children might be looked after by same sex parents.

Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton, head of education programmes at Stonewall, said children deserve an education that reflects modern society and teaches them to embrace diversity.

“LGBT-inclusive education is about teaching that some children have two mums or two dads. Learning about different kinds of families from a young age helps create inclusive environments so everyone feels they belong,” she said.

“Our new school guide will support primary school teachers and leaders to deliver an LGBT-inclusive curriculum so every young person feels safe, included and able to reach their full potential.”

Sharon Hague, Pearson’s senior vice-president for UK schools, said the publishing group had supported the charity to produce its first inclusive curriculum guide for secondary schools in 2018.

“We believe in equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their background, ability, sexuality or identity,” she said.

“Eighteen months ago, we proudly supported Stonewall’s first inclusive curriculum guide for secondary schools and following the hugely positive impact it has had on teachers, pupils and families across the country, we are delighted to once again support the guide for primary schools.”

The guide comes less than a year before the government plans to introduce its updated guidance on relationships and sex education in September 2020.

The Department for Education launched a call for evidence in 2017 to revise its statutory guidance, which had not been changed since 2000, so that it covered LGBT issues. 

While compulsory sex education will not be introduced in primary schools, pupils will be taught relationships education incorporating LGBT relationships.

The government says primary schools will be “strongly encouraged and enabled” to cover LGBT content when teaching about different types of families.

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