Many staff in schools are keen to support LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) students, yet they often lack the confidence and tools to do so effectively.
LGBTQ students in the UK continue to face bullying, misunderstanding and consequently poor mental health. More than half (55%) of LGB pupils report having experienced direct bullying. Rates of depression and anxiety, self-harm and suicidal ideation are many times higher among LGBTQ students. In December, a Guardian article about Childline reported a doubling of calls related to gender identity issues.
Yet at Gendered Intelligence, working with over 400 young trans-people a year, we know there are positive outcomes when young people are supported in their gender identity and/or sexuality, and in their exploration of those aspects of themselves.
Simon Croft and Lee Gale are two experienced trainers at Gendered Intelligence who will be leading a whole-day training course “Essential Skills to Include and Support LGBTQ Students” on 28 March 2017 in London. The course is specifically designed to equip school staff with the understanding, knowledge and practical tools needed to support LGBTQ students in schools, with a focus on increasing awareness around young transgender people.
Gendered Intelligence’s approach is always to create a supportive, open space where participants feel able to ask whatever questions they have, without fear of offending or feeling a question is ‘too basic’. By doing this, the course enables participants to gain both confidence and a better understanding of LGBTQ people, and hence to identify and develop ways to make sure LGBTQ students feel included and supported in schools.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks to Simon and Lee from Gendered Intelligence for this week’s blog.