A review is to take place looking at the educational experience of LGBTI students in Scottish schools. A top team of educational experts, equalities campaigners and young people will examine how issues of equality can be improved.
Jordan Daly, co-founder of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), said:
“For the last two years we have campaigned from a grassroots level for LGBTI-inclusive education in all Scottish schools, and so the launch of this working group marks a significant step forward – not only for this movement, but for all LGBTI young people across the country.”
Only founded in 2015 TIE aims to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in our schools. They offer workshops to teaching staff and also lobby parliamentarians to get action taken to develop an inclusive school experience for all students.
Jordan Daly continued:
“We welcome this news, and now look forward to working alongside the Scottish Government and other organisations including LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland in order to ensure that the support which exists for our campaign translates into real change at a national level.”
Shirley-Anne Somerville Minister for Higher and Further Education in the Scottish Government and Deputy First Minister John Swinney recently met TIE campaigners and representatives of Stonewall Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland, which currently supports school staff and teachers to meet the needs of LGBTI young people.
LGBT Youth Scotland Chief Executive Fergus McMillan, added:
“We welcome the establishment of a working group on LGBTI inclusive education and hope that it will be purposeful and focused on action that improves things directly for young people in all schools across Scotland.”
Reporter: Fiona Grahame