LGBT Youth Scotland and Education Scotland join forces to support teachers to better support LGBT young people in education

Media release: 20th of March 2015
Immediate release

This Saturday, 21st of March, Education Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland, welcome teachers from across Scotland, to Perth, for an education conference focusing on supporting LGBT people in education. An exclusive new range of training films and tools, to improve teacher confidence in engaging with raising LGBT awareness and inclusion in schools, with be showcased, including the LGBT Schools Charter. These brand new films include: training for combating gender stereotyping in early years and primary schools; ideas for supporting transgender young people in education; and best practice for LGBT inclusion across a whole school.

LGBT young people will be at the heart of the conference, sharing their experiences of Scottish schools in workshops led by Education Scotland, respectme and LGBT Youth Scotland. 

The conference comes during the same week as the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published new research into the scale and impact of prejudice-based bullying in Scottish secondary schools. The research, based on findings from 1,250 pupils and 330 teachers, concludes that procedures for supporting pupils being bullied needs to be improved.

Conference highlights include: key note speakers Shaun Dellenty, Inclusion for All and David Watt, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland. And a topical panel discussion addressing why supporting the wellbeing of LGBT staff is necessary to properly support LGBT young people, with panellists including a representative from Scotland’s largest teachers union EIS, and Nigel Cotter, Education Officer, Stirling Council.

Chief Executive at LGBT Youth Scotland, Fergus McMillan commented:

“Evidence clearly shows that by not talking positively about the lives of LGBT people in School we create environments where homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying can and do flourish and LGBT young people sometimes leave education as a result (14.3% of LGBT young people left education as a result of bullying, Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People, LGBT Youth Scotland, 2012).

That needs to change – we are gathering to look at the excellent progress some schools have made and practical support to help others on their journey to LGBT equality in education.”

For more information on LGBT Youth Scotland Schools Charter of Rights go to https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/charter-schools and for information on our education work go to https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/schools-and-education


Notes to Editor:

1/ LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. Our vision is to: “empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and the wider LGBT community so that they are embraced as full members of the Scottish family at home, school and in every community.”  www.lgbtyouth.org.uk


2/LGBT Youth Scotland is a company limited by guarantee (No 244805) with charitable status (SC024047). Registered at 40 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JD


3/ Venue of conference - AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP. For more information go to: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/3415/AK-Bell-Library


4/ More information on the conference and programme go to https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/news/education-conference-mar2015

5/ Download ‘Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People Education Report’ at https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/files/documents/Life_in_Scotland_for_LGBT_Young_People_-_Education_Report_NEW.pdf

5/ Press Contact: Graeme Ross 0131 555 3940