LGBT rights charity, Stonewall has produced a guide for secondary schools – sponsored by education publisher, Pearson – to help teachers include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) themes in lessons, to ensure all pupils feel represented.
From choosing appropriate texts in English to using LGBT-inclusive statistics in Maths, this curriculum guide provides tips, prompts and lesson ideas to help you incorporate LGBT people and themes into every area of the curriculum.
Delivering a more representative curriculum, reflective of modern Britain, helps all pupils feel included, resulting in higher engagement and better learning outcomes. This is crucial as many pupils currently feel that LGBT themes are absent from the curriculum.
Stonewall’s 2017 School Report survey of over 3,700 LGBT pupils in Britain’s secondary schools, found that 2 in 5 LGBT pupils are never taught anything about LGBT issues, and worryingly, nearly half of LGBT pupils are bullied at school, with trans pupils at particular risk. Stonewall’s Director of Education and Youth, Hannah Kibirige, says:
“This guide enables teachers to create lessons which not only include, but celebrate lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, their experiences and their history.
Not only does this encourage all young people to understand the importance of valuing difference, but it also ensures that young LGBT people see themselves reflected in their learning. Steps like this help create inclusive school environments and, importantly, also help to tackle bullying.”
Hannah Kibirige , Stonewall
You can download the guide on the Stonewall website at: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/resources/creating-lgbt-inclusive-secondary-curriculumfbclid=IwAR0F9BD7EXrZKmN2bU0_FWUGKiBdi2jwUDdaVhN0Uvujjs8G6aTLxdjBJR0