Research commentary: teaching about sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment

Chris Jones, Ofsted’s Director, Corporate Strategy, discusses research on teaching about the protected characteristics of sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment in England’s schools. The Equality Act 2010 was the culmination of a decade-long uplift in equality legislation. The uplift began in 2001 with changes to race discrimination law following the recommendations of the Macpherson report. It continued through into disability discrimination law in 2006 and gender discrimination in 2007. The 2010 Act consolidated these and also brought in other …

Letter – The Diversity Roundtable to the Department for Education

The Diversity Roundtable March 1st  2021  Dear Secretary of State,  We are writing to you publicly as The Diversity Roundtable, a collective of professionals and specialists working in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), to express our alarm at the recent withdrawal of funding in multiple areas in schools and Further Education. The cuts include: The Department for Education’s Equality and Diversity fund for school-led projects, to accelerate the diversification of protected characteristic groups in school leadership; English Second Other …

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.

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 …

Child bullying victims still suffering at 50 – study

Children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, say researchers from King’s College London. Their study tracked 7,771 children born in 1958 from the age of seven until 50.

Survey of NUT Members who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual

Survey of NUT Members who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual – The LGB survey covers issues such as:Being ‘out’ at work, Challenging homophobic behaviour in your school/college, Barriers faced in your teaching career due to homophobia

Proud London – new youth group

Proud London is a weekly LGBTQ+ youth group and safe space for 16-25 year olds who live in London whether out or not.

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; lgbthistorymonth.org.uk. 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.