Why do LGBT+ Education in Primary Schools?
LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities) children and young people exist in our world, exist in our families, exist in our primary schools. You may well have found this page because a child in your care has just “come out”.
Don’t worry, we have all the training and resources you need.
Should we educate our children about diverse LGBT+ identities?
Yes! Discussing LGBT+ identities isn’t about forcing children to think a certain way, or teaching them something that isn’t age appropriate. It is simply about accepting, including and integrating with the people who already exist in your school community, and the wider world.
The DfE has highlighted that children whose questions go unanswered may turn to inappropriate sources of information.
What can we learn from LGBT+ young people?
The LGBT+ young people that we work with in our youth groups consistently tell us, that at no point during their growing up, were LGBT+ people ever visible, ever discussed. This then meant that they lacked the language and terminology to help them understand and describe who they are.
How can we teach children about LGBT+ people?
We have learned a lot over the years about how to best deliver LGBT+ positive education to primary aged children. Some of the keys things are:
- This is the best time to do this positive work! Children are naturally accepting and lack prejudice, so this is the ideal time to introduce them to different types of people that exist in our (and in their) worlds…
- This work should be fun, positive and engaging.
- That this is not a conversation about sex!
- That children can, and absolutely should, know the language and terminology for different kinds of people and know what those words mean. This is the only way to break the mystique and taboo sometimes associated with the words lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans.
- That lessons that focus same gender relationships and equal marriage (the LGB bit), should be very separate and different lessons to those that focus on gender identity (the T bit), so that children understand the difference. Hence our two primary education toolkits Happily Ever After and Trans Positive Education for Primary Schools.
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