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LGBT+ Education in Primary School - Discussions with Parents

“We have a few parents that are not supportive of LGBT+ inclusion in the school. What should we do?” - This is the most common question we get asked as part of our LGBT+ educational work with primary schools.

To address this common concern, this blog post, along with its accompanying resources, has been crafted to guide schools in effectively engaging parents, carers and staff in constructive conversations with regard to LGBT+ education at primary level.

Understanding Parental Support for LGBT+ Education:

It's crucial to acknowledge that the majority of parents are incredibly supportive of both LGBT+ young people and LGBT+ education, spanning both primary and secondary school levels. According to a 2022 report by LGBT+ young people’s charity, Just Like Us, 82% of UK parents consider it 'important' (not just OK, but important) for their children to learn about the existence of different types of families (e.g LGBT+ families, such as gay parents).

However, a small number of parents may not be supportive of LGBT+ education in schools. Often, these objections stem from a lack of understanding of what LGBT+ education entails, especially at the primary level. Misinformation online and an anti-LGBT+ tone in some media outlets contribute to these misunderstandings. It is now more crucial than ever for schools to engage with parents, helping them understand not only what LGBT+ education looks like but also how existing legislation and guidance strongly support a school’s LGBT+ inclusive approach.

Empowering Schools:

To assist headteachers and teachers in these conversations, we are providing a FREEDiscussions with Parents’ document. Crafted by Pop’n’Olly’s Head of Education, Mel Lane, and Workshops and Training Lead, Jack Lynch, who together have 30 years of combined experience in teaching primary-age children, this guide comprises three essential parts:

• Part One: Themes for Discussion

Explore suggested themes that can guide discussions with parents, carers, and staff, promoting a constructive dialogue.

• Part Two: Legal Framework

Constructed with help from a top London law firm, part two will help educators understand the legal requirements and key guidance regarding LGBT+ education in schools.

• Part Three: Understanding the Mental Health Impact on Young People

Statistics related to the mental health impacts on LGBT+ children and young people - highlighting the difference between supportive and unsupportive environments. This part also explores statistics reflecting parents' views on inclusive education.

We hope these resources empower your school whilst engaging with parents on this vital topic. Remember, the vast majority of parents are positive about LGBT+ inclusion and support the work you are doing.

Further Resources for LGBT+ Inclusivity:

For more useful information on making your primary school an LGBT+ inclusive and welcoming space, explore our LGBT+ Teacher Training.


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