A new guide for primary schools on how to deliver an LGBT-inclusive curriculum has been published by LGBT charity Stonewall.
Creating An LGBT-Inclusive Primary Curriculum contains practical tips and lesson ideas so that teachers can easily and confidently incorporate LGBT people and families into all subjects.
Some of the practical steps covered in the guide include a helpful glossary for pupils and staff, example lesson plans, and tips on how to build LGBT role models into the curriculum.
It also advises simply giving examples in lessons that refer to different types of family. For example: ‘Mark’s dads increase his pocket money by 10%. If Mark had £2 before the increase, how much pocket money does he have now?’
The guide comes 10 months before all primary schools will be required to teach about what safe and healthy relationships look like, as well as different types of families, as part of the new regulations for teaching Relationships & Sex Education in England.
Speaking about the guidance, Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton, Head of Education Programmes at Stonewall, said: “All children deserve an education which reflects the world we live in, and teaches them to celebrate and embrace diversity.
“LGBT-inclusive education is about teaching that some children have two mums or two dads. Learning about different kinds of families from a young age helps create inclusive environments so everyone feels they belong. Our new school guide will support primary school teachers and leaders to deliver an LGBT-inclusive curriculum so that every young person feels safe, included, and is able to reach their full potential."
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