From your anti-bullying policy to events and speakers, Dominic Arnall considers how schools can create an inclusive environment for LGBT+ students

As chief executive of LGBT+ young people’s charity Just Like Us, I speak with schools at every stage of their journey towards LGBT+ inclusion, from those with fully functioning LGBT+ and allies groups (Pride Groups, as we call them) to those who are just taking their first steps.

I remember the first time I visited a school with a Pride Group some years back. Seeing a group of young people happily discussing how they could ensure the school was a welcoming place for LGBT+ people knocked me backwards. How things had changed since I was at school.

However, there are still many schools who are yet to begin LGBT+ inclusion – this piece is designed to assist secondary schools in taking their first steps, giving you a few practical things you can do today (and some that might take a little longer) to support LGBT+ young people in your school.

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