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Supporting LGBT inclusion in education: guidance and resources from Stonewall

Who is Stonewall?

At Stonewall, we stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. We imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and we can live our lives to the full. Founded in London in 1989, we now work in each nation of the UK and have established partnerships across the globe. We are part of a vibrant global movement for change made up of LGBTQ+ people, our allies, families and friends. Since day one, we've fought for freedom, for equity and for potential.

LGBT inclusive RSHE

Stonewall has created a new guide for schools, LGBT-inclusive RSHE: Putting it into Practice. This guide helps teachers of RSHE envision what quality LGBT-inclusive RSHE provision could look like and develop a curriculum that works for their school.  

The implementation of statutory RSHE has come at a difficult time. It's reassuring that the DfE has enabled schools to take a gradual approach: schools are enabled to deliver some RSHE this year (with a suggested focus on the immediate needs of their pupils, paying particular attention to physical and mental health, and positive relationships) while planning to deliver their full provision next year.  

Schools will want to make sure their RSHE provision is LGBT-inclusive, including the teaching they deliver this year. Quality RSHE is essential for keeping pupils safe and supporting them to grow up happy, healthy and fulfilled. Like all pupils, LGBT pupils and those with LGBT family members deserve to receive quality RSHE that meets their needs and reflects their experiences or the experiences they may go on to have. 

With that in mind, Stonewall has created a guide to help teachers feel confident delivering quality LGBT-inclusive RSHE, both now and next year. With ideas for threading LGBT content through the curriculum, top tips on key aspects of implementation and plenty of suggested resources, the guide will be useful for schools at any stage of their implementation journey.

You can download the guide in full here. For ease of reference, the content of the guide is summarised on its website and they have also put together some top tips on delivering LGBT-inclusive RSHE online

Guidance for governors and trustees on LGBT+ inclusion

Stonewall has created new guides for governors and trustees to help them in undertaking their role in their school's approach to LGBT inclusion. The guides are split by phase with separate information for primary and secondary schools, as well as additional information for trustees. 

First published 19 February 2021