Stonewall and Pearson launch LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum Guide for UK secondary schools

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Guide shows teachers how to include LGBT themes in lessons to ensure all pupils feel represented.

London, UK - Stonewall’s Guide, sponsored by Pearson and launched today, is designed to help schools build an LGBT inclusive curriculum which reflects the diversity of people’s lives and experiences in modern Britain.

‘Creating an LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum - A Guide for Secondary Schools’ contains tips and lesson ideas so that teachers can easily integrate LGBT issues into their subjects.

Stonewall’s 2017 Schools Report, a survey of nearly 4,000 LGBT pupils in Britain’s secondary schools, found that:

  • more than two in five LGBT pupils don’t feel part of their school community
  • two in five LGBT pupils are never taught anything about LGBT matters in school or college
  • three in four LGBT pupils have never learnt about or discussed bisexuality in school
  • three in four LGBT pupils have never been taught about or discussed gender identity and what trans means.

Stonewall’s Director of Education and Youth, Hannah Kibirige, said: “This new 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.

Stonewall’s School Report 2017 reveals that two in five LGBT pupils are never taught anything about LGBT issues in school or college. Worryingly, nearly half of LGBT pupils are bullied at school, with trans pupils at particular risk. Stonewall is currently campaigning for LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education and we urge everyone to take part in the Government’s current public consultation. More information can be found on our website."

Education publisher Pearson has supported this guide as part of its ongoing relationship with Stonewall, of which it is a founding partner, and its wider objective to ensure all of its products and services are inclusive of all groups in society.

Rod Bristow, Pearson President for Core Markets, said: “We are proud to support Stonewall in the publication of this guide - and to support all schools and teachers in engaging with a curriculum that reflects the diversity of the world we live in today. Furthermore, we will use this guide to help update our own products and resources to ensure they are LGBT inclusive.”

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Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, working to create a world where every single person can be accepted without exception.   It was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality. Stonewall continues to campaign and lobby government to change laws to ensure everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves.  Stonewall works in partnership with a growing network of more than 700 organisations to help create real change for the better.  It campaigns to eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in communities, and empowers LGBT people and their allies to be role models wherever they live, work, shop, socialise or pray.  To get involved visit our website. Registered charity number 1101255.