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Too many schools are still failing to educate pupils about same sex relationships and promote LGBTI equality and inclusiveness, teachers have told the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union.

Teachers attending the Union’s LGBTI Teachers’ Consultation Conference today (Saturday) in Birmingham raised concerns that many schools are still failing to tackle homo/bi/transphobia.

A real-time electronic poll of members attending the Conference found that:

  • Only 32% said that their school includes same sex relationships as part of its teaching about relationships and families;
  • 56% said they had witnessed some backlash from either pupils, parents or colleagues when their school tried to teach pupils about LGBTI relationships & equality;
  • 41% said they feel their school does not take tackling homo/bi/transphobia seriously.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Schools have a very important role to play in promoting LGBTI equality, which starts with ensuring the curriculum is inclusive and that a strong message is sent to the whole school community that homo/bi or transphobic abuse or bullying will not be tolerated.

“Schools should be safe environments where staff and students of all sexual and gender identities feel included and respected. Where LGBTI equality is not mainstreamed into the work of a school this is unlikely be to the case.

“We need greater support for schools in taking forward this work and action where schools do not promote a culture of inclusiveness.”