The things we learn at school stay with us for a lifetime – and we’re not just talking maths.
In these critical years, we learn about ourselves, each other, and all the wonderful differences that make up our world. We also learn how we fit into this world. And every child, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves to feel they belong.
That’s why inclusive education is central to what we do at Stonewall. In fact, it’s the reason we exist. We were formed in 1989 in response to Section 28, a regressive piece of legislation which effectively banned the discussion of same-sex relationships and identities in schools across the UK and damaged generations of LGBTQ+ people.
While we were successful in repealing this harmful law, today we’re still working to ensure that LGBTQ+ people can realise their potential across their entire lives. That work begins with championing LGBTQ+ inclusion across schools and colleges. We want young people to enjoy an education that reflects who they are and provides the framework they need to grow into proud, self-assured adults.
We know from our work that an inclusive education can be life changing. And not just for LGBTQ+ people. Our research shows that all children and young people benefit when they learn about the broad and diverse range of people who make up their communities, when they understand the many different ways families can look, and when they feel recognised and respected by their teachers as well as their peers.
Find out below about the crucial work we perform with educational institutions across the UK – and join us in building a future where all children and young people feel safe, seen and heard.
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Read our blog on why, LGBTQ+ or not, a truly inclusive education system benefits everyone.
FAQ about LGBTQ+ inclusive education.
Hear from parents, teachers, former students and young people about why LGBTQ-inclusive education changes lives.
We asked LGBTQ+ young people to tell us what they wish older people understood about them and their experiences.
A hand-selected list of LGBTQ-inclusive books for children and young people to enjoy.
Find out about our work with schools and colleges.