Stonewall has released a guide for youth and education staff – including schools – on how to include different families. To coincide with this, Stonewall’s latest YouTube video features Jess, 17, whose dad is gay:
The new guide – the third in a series of education guides on different ways of effectively tackling all forms of homophobic bullying – contains simple, practical advice on ensuring that teaching reflects the reality and diversity of 21st century family life. It also showcases leading schools from Stonewall’s Education Champions programme.
Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs, said: ‘At Stonewall, we know that schools are keen to ensure that they are the sort of place where gay parents want to send their children. Watching 17-year-old Jess on Stonewall’s YouTube channel reminds us why it’s so important for schools to follow the simple, practical steps laid out in the guide to integrate different, 21st century families into their everyday teaching.’
Stonewall’s groundbreaking research Different Families: The experiences of children with gay parents (2009) found that the children of same-sex parents find that their families are not included in teaching and homophobic language often goes unchallenged – even in primary schools.
Valerie, a primary school teacher in the North East, says in the guide: ‘We now address such issues as a matter of course. The use of picture books has been especially useful with younger children.’
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