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Schools Training

WHY DO I NEED TRAINING?

Training is an excellent way to build the confidence of your school or education authority staff team to improve practice on LGBT issues and enable them to challenge discrimination and provide the best support possible to LGBT students. 

"It has almost completly eradicated the phrase of 'that's / you're so gay"
“Working with LGBT Youth Scotland] has allowed open and frank discussions with young people and staff around issues of homophobia and sexuality. It has almost completely eradicated the phrase of ‘that’s/ your so gay’ and allowed young people to be much more accepting and inclusive within their school environments. It has provided another avenue of support that young people can access and also for staff to contact if looking for help and advice re supporting young people. Staff also now have an increased confidence in challenging homophobic bullying and comments with in the school.” Glasgow based teacher

Key staff are required to take part in LGBT awareness training to achieve the LGBT Schools Charter Mark, with different requirements dependent on which award you are working towards (foundations/bronze/silver or gold).

WHY HAVE TRAINING WITH LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND?


LGBT Youth Scotland is an established provider of high quality training. We can offer tailored training for your School or Education Authority. Recent organisations trained by LGBT Youth Scotland include Scottish Women’s Aid, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, and a wide range of schools and colleges.

We can offer a series of training sessions on raising LGBT awareness, challenging homophobia, mainstreaming equalities and LGBT rights, sexual health and relationships education and including young people. We can also develop and deliver tailored training that directly meets the needs of your school or education authority. Our training service aims to be as informal and interactive as possible and we always aim to meet participants at their level of understanding and knowledge.

As an example, the key learning outcomes of our standard Schools LGBT Awareness training module are to:
  • to have increased understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity

  • to understand the different expressions and effects of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and related bullying

  • to have increased confidence to support LGBT young people in school settings

  • to be familiar with the aims and structure of the Dealing with Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying toolkit for teachers

  • to plan for and consider relevant changes to school programmes and policy 


“I’m more aware of help and support available and ways to signpost young LGBT people to other information and help. The LGBT Youth Charter will help to discuss issues and raise awareness.”


Visit the training section of our website for more information or to arrange a consultation.

You can also email training@lgbtyouth.org.uk for more information.

WHAT IF I RECEIVED TRAINING FROM ANOTHER ORGANISATION?

WILL THIS COUNT TOWARDS MY LGBT SCHOOLS CHARTER MARK?

It is extremely likely that any additional LGBT training you have received will help support your charter submission; however we do require that you receive training from LGBT Youth Scotland staff as this is the foundation from which we build the charter mark with your school or education authority. Please discuss this issue further with your charter liaison officer (the key organisational contact you were sent in response to your sign up for the charter).