School Receives Award for LGBT Inclusion on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Today Craigie High school in Dundee is presented by LGBT Youth Scotland with a Bronze LGBT Schools Charter. 

The school received the prestigious award for its work in supporting students as well as tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. The school carried out awareness raising activities and ensured that appropriate training and policies were in place across the school.

Research shows that 70% of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people experience homophobic, or biphobic, bullying in schools in Scotland. Transgender young people face an even harder time 77% experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying in Scottish schools. 

This award recognises the inclusive policy, practice and support offered by the school to its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, and promotes best practice in terms of equality.

LGBT Youth Scotland will be presenting the award at Dundee Council City Chambers at 10.00am on Tuesday 17th March as part of the their commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT). This will also see the Lord Provost of Dundee raising the Pride flag to symbolise their ongoing inclusion of LGBT voices and identities across Dundee.

Barry Jordan from LGBT Youth Scotland will also be in attendance. Barry delivers service for LGBT young people in Dundee and was named ‘Part-time Youth Worker of the Year’ by YouthLink in March earlier this year.

Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said:

“We are delighted to present Craigie High School with a Bronze LGBT Charter Mark. This is the second school in Scotland to receive this award. More than 95% of staff received training, they reviewed their school uniform policy to be non-gendered and there was a real commitment to the school engaging with topics such as LGBT History Month. Importantly much of the work was student-led including a peer-led initiative to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and young people directly contributed to policies.”

“We would like to commend all staff and young people involved in this work. It’s a real achievement and a mark of excellence for schools who meaningfully commit to the inclusion lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils and their families.”

Andrena Waghorn, Craigie High School Head Teacher, said:

“We are delighted as a school to be the only school in Tayside to achieve this award. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work, effort and commitment from the whole school community. The programme was led by the LGBT Equality Group, chaired by a modern languages teacher, Mrs S Innes, and involved work with staff, pupils and partner agencies. The Charter Mark fits in well with our core school values, which incorporates respect, equality, responsibility, determination and honesty. It also has a strong foundation in ensuring we are Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) - something we place a high value on in Craigie High School.”

To receive the award, schools need to carry out activities in areas including training, policy development, practice, revision of teaching materials and resources, as well as monitoring and evaluation. 

LGBT Youth Scotland offers training for staff and young people, and has developed a range of teaching materials to support schools. Visit www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/ pro-resources-education for more information on resources, and here for information on Schools Charter -https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/charter-schools
Contact: Cara Spence (Policy Director) 0131 555 390