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How to make your school a safer place for LGBTI students

by Redaktie in General , 17 December 2017

Dit artikel is ook in het Nederlands beschikbaar

Stichting School & Veiligheid, COC Netherlands, and EduDivers present the publication ‘Waar begin je? Met leerlingen en leraren in gesprek over respect voor seksuele diversiteit’. The booklet describes how schools can maximise their efforts to create a safe climate for LGBTI students. The publication is available free of charge.

LGBTI children feel more unsafe at school than other children. To counteract this, advancing the acceptance of LGBTIs has become mandatory since 2012 in primary and secondary education. Since 2012, more schools have been paying attention to sexual diversity, but the quality of this attention leaves much to be desired.

Research from the Education Inspectorate shows, for instance, that many schools consider the advancement of LGBTI acceptance important, but they do not know how to optimally integrate this into their curriculum. Waar begin je? shows teachers and school leaders how they can effectively work on security for LGBT students.

The booklet is the result of two years of discussing the subject of sexual diversity in education with schools and students. The result is a series of success factors to create a safe environment for LGBTI students at school.

It became clear that attention paid to the importance of sexual diversity in schools is more successful in situations where teachers engage students in talks about their needs in this area. Teachers then give more consideration to the needs of students instead of relying on established methodology, which in turn gives better results.

The authors recommend schools to exchange experiences with sexual diversity, and discuss how the school can make improvements in lessons and everyday activities. It is especially important that schools really listen to LGBTI students. Schools often use a regular number of external providers to give lessons about sexual diversity. Schools consider that support important, but do not want to leave their handling of this topic to external providers.

The research shows that it would be useful if providers and schools would discuss how they can work together on real embedding. These external efforts are only successful if schools themselves give the theme of sexual diversity a structural place in their curriculum, and maximise their efforts to support teachers therein.

The publication Waar begin je? is in the form of a narrative to teachers and school management.
and was spearheaded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The booklet can be requested free of charge at the Stichting School & Veiligheid.



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