Inclusion Alliance meet in Portobello High

Generously hosted by Portobello High School, LGBT Youth Scotland’s Inclusion Alliance met last week to share best practice in the establishment and running of GSAs (Gender and Sexual Orientation Alliances) in Scottish schools.

Student and teacher representatives attended from Broxburn Academy, Musselburgh Grammar, Ross High, Firrhill High, George Heriot's and Balerno High.

LGBT Youth Scotland staff, Nigel Chipps, Graeme Ross and Kira Weir led workshops exploring: “Key successes for GSAs in the last year”, “Understanding the professional expectations around LGBT inclusion” and “LGBT Youth Scotland’s secure group chat platform: allowing GSAs to communicate and collaborate”. The over 40 attendees had the opportunity to discuss their experiences and share success stories.

We know that at least 25% of Scottish schools now host some form of GSA and that number is quickly growing, as teachers strive to create safe, supportive and inclusive learning environments for their LGBT students. LGBT Youth Scotland set up the Inclusion Alliance to support and guide people in Edinburgh and the Lothians through the process, providing resources and a forum to exchange ideas and to network. 

Next week, LGBT Youth Scotland will release “Developing a Gender and Sexual Orientation Alliance (GSA): a toolkit for students and teachers”, our comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to establishing GSAs in Scottish schools.

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For more information about the Inclusion Alliance and its next meeting, email Nigel Chipps.