We work with schools and local authorities across Scotland and can be contacted to provide advice on good practice or policy guidance around supporting LGBT young people or LGBT inclusion. We have also undertaken an advocacy role for LGBT young people in working with schools when young people or their families feel that this would benefit them.
In addition to staff training and CPD input, we deliver sessions in classrooms on topics ranging from LGBT awareness to challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. If you are interested in having us deliver training or classroom sessions in your school, contact your nearest LGBT Youth Scotland office.
The Challenging Homophobia Together schools project was led by LGBT Youth Scotland, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered in the Scottish Borders, Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway, and Dundee local authority areas. This Challenging Homophobia Together Schools Project, alongside all other anti-bullying and anti-discrimination work, supported the achievement of the four capacities in Curriculum for Excellence.
The aim of the project was to reduce homophobia and homophobic bullying in Scottish schools. Key project elements included:
· Workshops/ interactive lessons with pupils in schools which aimed to reduce homophobic bullying and encourage positive learning environments
· CPD Training for teachers and wider school staff to improve their confidence and skills to deal with homophobic incidents in school settings and challenge homophobic bullying
· Support to develop school policies that adhere with current legislation and best practice recommendations
· Resources for schools including a toolkit for teachers and anti-homophobia campaign materials
· Support for young people in the process of ‘coming out’ or who need relevant information or advice
The project results show that an approach which combines classroom engagement with teacher training is particularly effective in learning to challenge and respond to discrimination within the school environment. It has also been shown to increase understanding and awareness of the lives of LGBT people.