Sex and Relationships Education

People often only hear the word sex and they need to remember that education is about relationships too. Love and relationships one of the most important things in our lives and it is crucial to our health and wellbeing to be surrounded by people we love and about whom we care. Many people are in unfulfilling, dysfunctional and even abusive relationships and one can’t help wondering if the paucity and poor quality of SRE up till now is largely responsible.
In the light of this, we at Schools OUT UK welcome the overdue review of Sex and Relationships Education and the commitment to making it mandatory in schools and inclusive of LGBT+ people. We also welcome the public consultation announced on Wednesday. We very much hope to be a part of the consultation. Our position is set out below.

Kent LGBTQ Youth Report 2015

This report outlines some of the experiences of a sample of young people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ) attending the LGBTQ youth hubs in Kent between August 2013 and December 2014 – as reported by young people themselves.

NUT Prevalence of Homophobia Survey Report

This Prevalence of Homophobia survey was born out of the experiences of one secondary classroom teacher who was the subject of repeated physical and verbal abuse over a number of years.

This survey is then the product of a lot of hard work by a large number of people over a number of years together the thousands of classroom teachers who took time from their impossible workloads to complete the questionnaire all of whom I congratulate and offer my sincere thanks.

Schools OUT UK is Now a Charity!

We are delighted to announce that Schools OUT UK is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation after 40 years of campaigning for LGBT people in education!

Henceforth we shall work under the generic title LGBT History Month with a new logo and website; This website and The Classroom will be incorporated into the new website.

This is a long term project so please bear with us while we move our materials over to the new site; and if you can’t find what you are looking for please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Straight Talking

“Straight Talking” is a performance that addresses attitudes towards LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual) issues. This piece has been endorsed by Elly Barnes, LGBT Schools Advisor for Birmingham City Council and Number One on The Independent’s 2011 “Pink List”

How I built a career in LGBT education

Elly Barnes has devoted her career to helping schools become environments in which LGBT students and teachers can thrive without fear of discrimination. She talks to Emily Drabble of the Guardian

Rights Against INtolerance: Building an Open-minded World (RAINBOW) project.

These films and the accompanying lessons challenge homophobia and transphobia by challenging the stereotypes that lead to prejudice and discrimination. The project was developed in the Basque Country, the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Bulgaria.

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