Marching Forward with LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum in the UK in 2021
This coming 2021-2022 academic year will be a momentous step forward for the long-awaited LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum across the UK. Following the landmark ruling in September 2019, schools have been given guidelines on teaching and incorporating inclusive Relationship and Sex eEducation (RSE) into their academic curriculum. Until summer 2021, schools across the UK will be aided as they transition into putting into practice this landmark ruling.
It is exciting that young people who will be attending schools that do not just quietly accept LGBTQ+ people but tackle issues that LGBTQ+ people face head-on while providing support and celebrating LGBTQ+ identities. While the majority of people in the UK are tolerant and aware of the LGBTQ+ community and issues outside of the classroom through popular culture, schools generally do not tackle nor bring to light the issues that LGBTQ+ people face. Under this new curriculum, primary school children will learn about different family models and secondary school children will engage actively with learning about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Outside of England, Scotland pledged to have fully incorporated LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum by 2021. Students will now tackle issues like homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and LGBTQ+ movements. Going back to school this fall will certainly rouse nerves, nervousness, and excitement, but inclusive teaching will celebrate, welcome, and affirm LGBTQ+ identities in classrooms, on playgrounds, and in hall corridors.
SchoolParrot can serve as an excellent forum to reflect on your school’s changes and implementation of the RSE program. We can’t let history repeat itself so that even the implementation of the RSE program is not just lukewarm and fails to have any effect outside of the court. Students, parents, and teachers can set expectations through online school reviews. SchoolParrot is excited to aid in this transition in any way.
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