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Creating Inclusive Environments

This section has been developed to provide a whole host of ideas and tools with the aim of inspiring the development of inclusive school environments. The links and resources include information and support in terms of resources, activities, lesson plans, classroom design and school ethos. By creating a positive and inclusive environment, this page aims to support and pave the way for schools to tackle negative behaviour, language and attitudes towards a variety of LGBT-related issues. When compiling this page it has become clear that the key is to start small. Find inspiration here for yourself or borrow a bit of someone else’s and get started!

Research:

  • No Outsiders – a research project  focussing on the use of the Inclusive classroom books to support in the development of strategies to address LGBT equality in primary schools

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-062-23-0095/read

  • The experiences of gay young people in Britain’s schools in 2012: The School Report (Stonewall)

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/documents/school_report_2012(2).pdf

Resources:

https://www.teachers.org.uk/educationandequalities/breakingthemould

  • “Out For Our Children” resources

http://www.outforourchildren.org.uk/resources/

  • Stonewall primary resources

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/quick_links/education_resources/primary_school_resources/default.asp

Related websites:

  • The Classroom. Resources, lesson plans and ideas to support LGBT visibility in the primary classroom

http://the-classroom.org.uk/

  • Educate and Celebrate

http://www.ellybarnes.com/

  • Teaching Tolerance: Creating an LGBT-inclusive school (US/Canada-based website)

http://www.tolerance.org/lgbt-best-practices

  • Back-to-School Guide for Creating LGBT-Inclusive Environments (US website/document)

     http://www.tapartnership.org/docs/back_to_school_guide.pdf

  • Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment (US website)

http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/designteach/teach/learningenvironment.html

  • “Kids of Gay Parents Speak Out” video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG0yqhzVuYA

  • School Champions Programme

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/school_champions/default.asp

  • Stonewall lesson plans

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/primary_schools/default.asp

 

Really good, relevant practice:

  • OFSTED Good Practice: ‘Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same?’ – creating a school community that celebrates diversity: The Jenny Hammond Primary School

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/379148/The_20Jenny_20Hammond_20Primary_20School_20-_20good_20practice_20example.pdf

  • OFSTED Good Practice: “Creating an inclusive school community”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/creating-an-inclusive-school-community

  • Stonewall Primary Best Practice Guide

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/documents/pri_best_practice_web.pdf

  • Educate and Celebrate – Best Practice examples

http://www.ellybarnes.com/best-practice/

  • “Lessons in gay and lesbian values welcomed by Allens Croft Primary School in Kings Heath” article

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/lessons-gay-lesbian-values-welcomed-8550545