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Supporting inclusion and empowering LGBT+ young people

LGBT+ equality is core to an inclusive education system and is a priority for the staff and students of Burntwood School. Samantha Bradey speaks to school leader Katelyn Farrenson about their work with Unicef Rights Respecting Schools and the Stonewall Schools Champion Award to create an inclusive school environment

All children, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to a safe, healthy childhood and education that is free from discrimination.

Relationships and sex education (RSE) becomes mandatory in England’s secondary schools in September 2020, with relationships education statutory at primary level.

Ahead of this deadline, many schools have been exploring how they can make their curriculum and school culture more inclusive and diverse.

Diversity and inclusion encompass many different people with a wide range of protected characteristics. Combining the child rights-based approach of Unicef’s Rights Respecting Schools Award with the standards of Stonewall Schools Champion Award can form a useful framework for a school’s work on LGBT+ inclusion.

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