LGBT toolkit for Scotland’s schools to be unveiled

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A group that works with gay, bisexual, lesbian and trans youth will preview their new resource for Scottish teachers next week.

The Toolkit on Guidance on Dealing with Homophobic Incidents will be on show at the Scottish Learning Festival on 24th September.

Developed by LGBT Youth Scotland in consultation with teachers, the resource will be formally launched during Anti-Bullying Week in November.

An Education spokesperson from LGBT Youth Scotland said:

“Homophobic bullying is a harsh reality for many young people in our schools, impacting negatively on their wellbeing and access to education.

“Teachers have identified that they need specific resources to be an effective part in stopping such unacceptable behaviour.

“This resource will provide them with the tools they need to help make Scottish schools a safer place for all young people.”

A recent survey by LGBT Youth Scotland formed the basis of the toolkit.

It found that 70% of LGBT young people in Scotland feel that schools are not safe environments for them.

Many had experienced homophobic bullying and wanted a ‘proactive’ and preventative approach to tackling homophobia in their schools.

The LGBT tooklit was developed in partnership with Learning and Teaching Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.