Key Voices #119 – LGBTQ+ Inclusion with Stonewall and The Key

“These children have a right to exist, they have a right to be safe from bullying, from the risk of poorer mental health and they deserve to be seen in the curriculum… Come back to your school values, what is it that makes your setting, your setting? And how can you embed inclusion throughout that.”

This week we talk to Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton, Head of Education & Youth, (she/her) and Katherine Fowler, Content Editor at The Key (she/her) about being in an LGBTQ+ inclusive school. We talk about the importance of high-quality age appropriate Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) as well as making sure that you embed gender and LGBTQ+ inclusivity throughout your curriculum. 

We talk about: 
  • The changes to RSHE and how schools can respond in an age appropriate way and deal with any opposition from the local community 
  • Why it is important for all young people, but particularly those who identify as LGBTQ+ or think they might,  to experience a curriculum that represents them and the relationships they seek 
  • The responsibilities of governing boards and how they can support school leaders on this agenda 
  • The importance of training for teachers to feel confident when talking to students about gender, sexuality and identity, and tackling biphobic, transphobic, homophobic and sexist language 
  • Practical considerations about which of a school’s policies relate to inclusion such as anti-bullying, child protection and behaviour policies
  • How to audit your curriculum to be more inclusive 
  • Returning to your school’s core values and thinking about how you can use them to become more inclusive and make sure all pupils feel safe to be who they are in your school 
  • The Ofsted review of peer-on-peer sexual abuse and some specifics relating to LGBTQ+ inclusion 

You can find best practice, toolkits and resources from Stonewall here

You can find more information on Stonewall’s e-learning here or their School and College Champions Programme here

Members of the Key for School Leaders can access our curriculum audit here

“We know that you will have LGBTQ+ young people in your school and they will be part of your wider school community. We know by doing this work it improves the educational experience of all young people…. If you tackle biphobic, transphobic and homophobic bullying all children benefit, it’s not just LGBTQ+ pupils who experience that kind of language - it’s anyone who is different, from the girl that is really good at sports, to the boy that isn’t.” 

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