for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality

Good practice

Many teachers naturally talk about lesbian, gay and bisexual issues as part of the curriculum and nine out of ten of those who have would do it again. 

  • During relationship lessons with a Year 10 tutor group we discussed all types of relationships including same-sex civil partnerships.
    Robert, teacher, secondary school (East Midlands)

  • I teach English so this does come up. I am careful (when I remember) not to make assumptions about relationships with the students. I discussed Shakespeare's sonnets which are possibly addressed to a young man and the idea of gay relationships in the Renaissance period. 
    Heather, teacher, independent secondary school (London)

  • In Geography, we discuss issues surrounding discrimination against different groups within society. I use gay / lesbian issues as one of these groups.
    Darren, teacher, independent secondary school (South East)

  • I teach English – In teaching texts such as Two Weeks with the Queen and The Colour Purple issues of sexuality frequently arise. I am confident in discussing these issues and have also discussed them in PSE lessons. 
    Kirsten, teacher, secondary school (Scotland)

  • Talking about Bram Stoker yesterday a thirteen year old girl pupil said “there was something wrong with his sexuality”. I said, “No, there was something different about his sexuality”, followed by a little reinforcement along the lines of ... it’s not wrong, bad etc – just different.
    Katie, teacher, secondary school (South West)

  • Student asked a question over whether an historical political figure was gay and this turned into discussion on what are essential qualities for leadership and whether sexuality is relevant.
    Eleanor, teacher, independent secondary school (South East)

  • They asked me if I thought homosexuality was wrong. I told them it was perfectly normal and that many of my close friends are gay.
    Marie, teacher, secondary school (London)

  • I have done lessons on equal rights and human rights and always include gay people in my list of those protected by anti-discrimination laws and I always make the case that racism and homophobia are just as bad as each other.
    Hannah, teacher, secondary school (London)

  • A student openly stated that her mother was bisexual along with her mother’s sister. This became a discussion within the group as to what this meant and the student spoke about what this meant to her. I managed the discussion although I didn't need to do much as everyone involved was very sensible in their responses.
    Claire, teacher, secondary school (West Midlands)

  • Teaching Religious Education means addressing all kinds of social and moral issues. It is important that students learn to treat others with respect regardless of whether they agree or disagree with their views. I expect my students to be able to discuss sexuality honestly and to listen to what others have to say about personal and religious beliefs. I especially want students to learn empathy – to understand what it feels like to be on the receiving end of abuse of any kind. 
    Lynn, teacher, faith independent secondary school (West Midlands)

Read more in The Teachers' Report.

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