Equality lessons row: 60% of Brits support LGBT-inclusive lessons, new research shows

Equality lessons row: 60% of Brits support LGBT-inclusive lessons, new research shows
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Posted on 5 Sep 2019

New reseach commissioned by LGBT charity Stonewall has revealed that more than half of British adults support primary schools teaching LGBT-inclusive lessons.


The research, which saw nfpSynergy survey 1,000 adults, shows that 60 per cent of people believe it’s right to teach primary school pupils about different kinds of families, including same-sex parenting. Among young people aged 16 to 24, this figure increases to over two-thirds (68 per cent).

From September 2020, all secondary schools will be required to teach about sexual orientation and gender identity, and all primary schools will teach about different families, which can include LGBT families.


Paul Twocock, Chief Executive at Stonewall, said: “LGBT-inclusive education is life-changing teaching for so many young people, so it’s incredibly powerful to see such a big proportion of the British public supporting the new legislation.

“This move towards inclusive teaching marks the beginning of the end of the long shadow cast by Section 28, and is something Stonewall has been working towards since we were founded 30 years ago. We owe it to the next generation to ensure our schools are a place where all children and young people can be themselves. It’s essential the government invests more in training and resources to better prepare teachers and schools to deliver high-quality LGBT-inclusive teaching now and in the future. 


“We need more people from all walks of life to come out for LGBT people and be vocal in their support for inclusive education.”

 

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