A Toolkit of Specific Strategies to Support Pupils Mental Health
Educating for LGBTQ+ inclusivity continues to be both challenging and controversial for many teaching and non-teaching staff and often falls on the shoulders of a select few rather than taking a school/college wide approach. Deeper understanding is needed of how school/college communities can better support one another to develop knowledge, practice and resources to sustain LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
This training course will focus on how schools/colleges can create LGBTQ+ inclusive educational spaces, with a focus on gender diversity. We will look at practical ways to promote safer environments that avoid bias and include positive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others (LGBTQ+) history, people and events. For LGBTQ+ children and young people attending a school/college with an inclusive curriculum and spaces is related to less-hostile experiences and increased feelings of connectedness to the school/college community. Inclusive spaces benefit all children and young people by promoting diversity and teaching them about the myriad of identities in their communities.
Develop a common inclusive language;
Increase awareness and understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and inequalities;
Explore practical ways to create LGBTQ+ inclusive educational spaces;
Look at ways to implement a whole school/college approach;
Understand what is meant by gender diversity;
Develop an understanding of how pupils/students are affected by gender expectations and stereotypes at school/college;
Learn how to make positive changes to tackle gender stereotypes in their own contexts;
Develop the skills and tools to create a learning environment where all pupils/students are able to thrive, regardless of gender;
Understand the guidance on meeting inspection frameworks and legal requirements;
Look at best practice from schools/colleges throughout the UK;
Develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to effectively engage, communicate and educate staff and parents.
Headteachers, Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, Teachers, Mental Health Leads, EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Leads, Pastoral Support, Family Engagement Officers, Attendance Leads, Inclusion Officers.
Jo Brassington (they/them) is a former primary school teacher and leader. They are the co-founder of Pride & Progress: a platform and podcast which amplifies the voices of LGBTQ+ educator...s, and explores ways to reimagine our educational spaces as more LGBTQ+ inclusive. They are also the co-author of Bottled: A picture book to help children share their feelings. Now, Jo is a consultant and trainer working with educators to help make their educational spaces more emotionally honest and inclusive for all people.
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