The Schools Charter is a development from LGBT Youth Scotland’s existing LGBT Charter programme, creating a specifically targeted and designed tool for Schools and Education Authorities. So far, Bellahouston Academy and Hollybrook Academy in Glasgow; and Broxburn Academy in West Lothian have all achieved the LGBT Charter Mark.
The Schools charter is a programme to support and guide Schools and Education Authorities on their journey to LGBT equality and inclusion.
We have created award standards for schools to work through which have been directly informed by the needs and views of LGBT young people in Scotland. Central to young people’s views is the importance of youth involvement in a schools journey through the charter – this is therefore a key component we will be working with schools to deliver on.
The LGBT Schools Charter will help schools look at their policy and practice, including their
Bellahouston Academy, Broxburn Academy and Hollybrook Academy have all achieved the LGBT Charter Mark
legislative obligations in the context of LGBT equality. Schools should display the Charter only when they have adequate mechanisms in place to validate and support it, such as inclusive anti-bullying policies and staff training and information available on LGBT issues.
By displaying the LGBT Charter of Rights, you will send a positive message to LGBT staff and pupils in your area that they are included, valued, supported and will be treated fairly when they attend your school.
A member of staff at LGBT Youth Scotland will help you identify which Charter award will be best for you: foundations, bronze, silver or gold, and help guide you through the process. The foundations award is aimed at education authorities at a ‘corporate’ level, signalling readiness and a commitment to making progress towards LGBT equality in Education.