On November 8th, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that Scotland is to become the first country in the world to have LGBTI-inclusive education as part of Scottish curriculum.
All 33 of the recommendations made by the Scottish Government’s LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group, which was established to improve the school experience for LGBTI youth as well as address bullying and discrimination, were accepted in full. These reforms will be implemented to practice and guidance, professional learning, inspections, and the recording of bullying incidents by 2021.
This success was a product of the hard work of teachers, young people, parents, and various organization like LGBT Youth Scotland, Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), and Stonewall Scotland.
Research has shown that half of LGBTI youth, including seven in 10 trans youth, in Scotland are still being bullied at school for their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Furthermore, two in five LGBTI students have never been taught anything relating to LGBTI issues in Scottish schools.
With the acceptance of the Working Group’s recommendations, Scottish schools will now be supported to teach young people about various LGBTI issues. Additionally, teachers will have access to the resources and training they need to create more inclusive learning environments and better support LGBTI students.
Source: Stonewall Scotland