The teaching workforce should reflect the diverse nature of wider communities. The Why Trans Teachers Matter leaflet celebrates the importance of supporting transgender pupils and staff and challenging the attitudes which generate transphobia in schools.
The TUC have launched a Charter for International LGBT Solidarity. The central message of the Charter is that solidarity is at the core of trade union values, but that decisions regarding when, whether and how to act must be firmly in the hands of the LGBT communities in each country.
The repeal of Section 28 in 2003 and the introduction of the Equality Act in
2010 were both positive steps towards promoting equality and tackling prejudice in our schools. Unfortunately, homophobia is still commonplace in educational institutions and teachers have an important role to play in helping to change attitudes and stamp out the bullying which is a sad fact of life for many LGBT students.
The NUT Prevalence of Homophobia Survey began in 2008, following a Teacher Support Network/Times Education Supplement survey of teachers in 2006 and the Stonewall School Report in 2007. Surveys have so far been carried out in:
They are also being organized in Nottingham, Brighton and Wakefield. Results of the surveys can be found on the Schools OUT website www.schools-out.org.uk.
All of the surveys have shown that:
Homophobic behaviour is commonplace
Teachers can be targets as well as students
There is a significant demand for whole school training to deal with it.
We would encourage divisions or school representatives to carry out their own survey using the template provided in order to gather the evidence to support a plan of action.
On the 2012 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the European Region of Education International, ETUCE, ETUC, and (ILGA-Europe), signed a commitment to strengthen their collaboration at national and European level to prevent and combat jointly homophobia and transphobia at school, in workplaces and in society.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. LGBT History Month aims to encourage everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as the positive forces that they are and endeavour to reflect this in practice. Schools are encouraged to hold activities throughout the month of February.
London: LGBT History Month National Festival 2016 London
Saturday 6 Feb, 11-6pm at the Victoria and Albert Museum
A day full of presentations and events exploring a range of exciting LGBT history topics. All events are free entry on a first come first served basis (no booking needed)
CONTACT: Niranjan Kamatkar on 020 888 99 555 NUT London LGBT History Month Event: "Faith, Religion and Philosophy"
Tuesday 11 February 2016, 5:30 – 8pm, Hamilton House, London
Guest speakers: Rev Chris Hudson, All Souls Church, Belfast; Philipa Harvey, NUT President. Contact and/or register at London@nut.org.uk National Festival of LGBT History 2016 : schools and families day This festival will take place on Saturday 7 February 2016 at the Museum of London .
This is a free event and will celebrate LGBT History Month with a focus on teachers and families.
More information can be found at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/lgbt-festival
Yorkshire and Midland: NUT LGBT History Month Regional Reception
Saturday 6th February, 1pm-4pm, Leeds City Museum.
Join LGBT+ members and allies for a celebration of LGBT History Month and a very special tour of Leeds City Museum’s LGBT exhibition.
Eastern: "I’m Still Me!" conference - Tuesday 9th February 2016, 9am - 3.30pm
The Core at Corby Cube
Organised by the Northamptonshire LGBT Partnership Group and Stonewall, this is a free one-day conference aimed at school staff which will look at the issues around homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. The free conference will explore practical ways of making schools happier, healthier and more inclusive, and will include guest speakers, workshops and break-out sessions.
For further information please contact Matthew Toresen at Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire: firstname.lastname@example.org or register: https://imstillme2016.eventbrite.co.uk
New advice for NUT members on developing policies on LGBT equality in education. This advice contains practical advice about homophobic bullying and how to use the curriculum to promote equality and break down homophobic stereotypes and attitudes. It summarises recent DCSF guidance and gives advice on how to make parents and carers aware of school policies and the fact that schools are required to educate to prevent anti gay attitudes.