We have made it easy for you to see how you can mainstream LGBT issues into your school and local authority education department to ensure that LGBT pupils who attend your school can feel confident that they will be included, valued and supported.
The easy-to-use resources on this website and support from LGBT Youth Scotland staff will guide you through what steps to take towards LGBT equality in your school.
If you haven't already done so, visit the register page of this section of the website to register your involvement and to order your Schools LGBT Charter pack including the LGBT Charter of Rights. You will be supported through the process and will be assigned a charter liaison from LGBT Youth Scotland. This will likely be a member of staff working in your geographical area.
It is important that you identify a champion for the schools LGBT Charter who will be responsible for taking the work forward, be a contact for anyone enquiring about the Schools LGBT Charter and of course, be the main contact in your organisation for LGBT Youth Scotland.
These clearly outline the key areas of work you need to evidence for your schools LGBT Charter Mark submission, taking you through the headings for activity of training, policy, practice, materials and resources and finally monitoring and evaluation. The key standards required reflect the needs of LGBT young people as highlighted in the LGBT Charter of Rights and when achieved will enable you to show you have met a certain standard for LGBT equality inclusion, be that foundations, bronze, silver or gold.
You will put together your LGBT Schools Charter submission by evidencing all of the standards of the LGBT Schools Charter as thoroughly as you can. There are additional tools on the website to help you with this process.
Once you have completed all of the standards in the LGBT Schools Charter you should contact your charter liaison officer at LGBT Youth Scotland who will book your charter in to be reviewed at our next quarterly charter review meeting. You will be required to collate all of the evidence that you have for your Charter submission, clear templates and advice on how best to do this will be given to you at the start of the process by your charter liaison officer. Your Charter submission will be assessed at the review meeting and you will be contacted with feedback on anything missing or any key changes you need to make before you receive your Schools LGBT Charter mark or you will simply be awarded with feedback on how you have done!
Once you have been awarded your Schools LGBT Charter mark. You will receive a certificate to mark your achievements and you will also have the use of the LGBT Schools Charter logo.
Your LGBT Charter mark will be continuously assessed and will be up for renewal two years from the date of award in order that you continue to work towards LGBT equality.