Why LGBTQIA+ representation matters in the Early Years

By Aaron Bradbury and Gary Coffey (from familiy.co) LGBTQIA+ Early Years Awareness Week is in it’s very first year, an idea Aaron Bradbury first had during the first lockdown in March 2020. To help raise awareness, he and Gary Coffey have written about why we need to stop being afraid of having conversations about LGBTQIA+ representation in the resources, forms, and language we use in Early Years You’ll get questions to ask families who identify as LGBTQIA+, ways you can …

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.

Half of teachers ‘didn’t read’ government guidance on LGBT-inclusive education

(from Pink News) A report from the Time for Inclusive Education campaign has exposed the devastating impact of homophobic bullying. As pressure mounts for LGBT issues to be taught in all Scottish schools. the TIE campaign this week launched a report highlighting high rates of bullying, attempted suicide, self-harm and mental health issues among LGBT young people.   Of the 169 LGBT pupils and former pupils that took part in the survey, two-thirds said they felt homophobia was a problem at their school. 90 per cent …

Home Office Launches ‘Hate Crime Action Plan’

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called on communities across Britain to come together and stand united against those who use hate to divide us. Launching the hate crime action plan, published today (26 July 2016), she urged more victims of hate crime to come forward, so that the full scale of the challenge facing communities can be understood and tackled. Ms Rudd, who met campaigners – including LGBT+ equalities groups – working to combat hate crime today, announced that the hate …

ESOL & LGBT TEACHING RESOURCES AND MATERIALS

The paucity of LGBT teaching resources and materials for adults in Further Education, especially for ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) could hinder the development of a more inclusive curriculum offer.

This blog offers some ready made , easy to download lesson plans and teaching resources along with links to useful organisations and research.