Scotland will become the first country in the world to have LGBTI inclusive education embedded in the curriculum, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has told parliament.
All state schools will be supported to teach LGBTI equality and inclusion across different age groups and subjects, grouped under various themes.
The themes will include:
- LGBTI terminology and identities;
- tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia;
- prejudice in relation to the LGBTI community;
- and promoting awareness of the history of LGBTI equalities and movements.
All 33 recommendations by the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group, created to improve the learning experience for LGBTI young people, have been accepted in full by the Scottish Government. Work to implement the recommendations will start immediately.
The LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group recommendations included:
- To improve LGBTI inclusion
- Improvement of practice and guidance for teachers
- Provision of professional learning for current and future teachers
- Monitoring and school inspections of LGBTI inclusion
- The recording of incidents of LGBTI bullying in schools
The Working Group will reconvene as part of a wider Implementation Group, designed to drive work forward while providing accountability and oversight. The recommendations are expected to be delivered before the end of the current Parliamentary term in May 2021.
The Scottish Government has been working with the Time for Inclusive Education campaign and others to address LGBTI bullying, discrimination and prejudice in schools through the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group since May 2017.
All of the members of the Working Group fully support the recommendations.
See details on the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group.
Read the report and recommendations of the Working Group in full.
Read the whole article on 'LGBTI education' on the Scottish Government's website.
Source: Scottish Government
Posted by: Kerstin Wondratschek