Today in the Scottish Parliament, Deputy First Minister John Swinney will release a report and recommendations following 18 months of work by the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group.
The working group was established in April 2017, bringing together representatives from LGBT Youth Scotland, The TIE Campaign, COSLA, Education Scotland, Educational Institute of Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission, National Parent Forum of Scotland, respectme, School Leaders Scotland, Scottish Catholic Education Service, Scottish Trans Alliance and Stonewall Scotland.
LGBT Youth Scotland's role in the working group included chairing the practice subgroup and overseeing the related recommendations; and gathering good practice examples and relevant resources to support learning. These recommendations represent efforts to adopt an educational approach in tackling prejudice towards LGBTI young people. Our recent research indicates that homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia continue to be significant issues in the education environment, with LGBTI young people noting that they feel excluded from or underrepresented in their learning experience.
Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said:
‘LGBT Youth Scotland warmly welcomes the recommendations of the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group. The group has worked hard to reflect the needs and experiences of LGBTI learners in Scottish schools. The recommendations and their implementation is an excellent opportunity for Scotland to build on emerging good practice, to ensure that Scotland is the best place for LGBTI young people to grow up and reach their full potential.’