By Ms L Scofield, Director of Professional Guidance
We want to make sure that every child in our school reaches their potential and does their best. One way we are going to do this is by taking part in School Diversity Week, along with hundreds of thousands of pupils across the UK.
The focus of the week is celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education. Our school community is diverse in many ways, and this is just one of them. During the week the students will take part in educational tutorial sessions and we are participating in ‘Rainbow Friday - click here to find out more.
Why are we getting involved? Growing up is really difficult for LGBT+ young people: LGBT+ young people are twice as likely to feel lonely and worry daily about mental health than their peers. This has a potentially life-long impact on how well they do in school and in life.
We want to make sure that pupils in our school are not bullied, and we include everyone. It’s also important to prepare young people for the world beyond school, which is a very diverse place. Teaching young people about being LGBT+ is included in the Equality Act 2010, the new PSHE curriculum, and how well we do it is measured by ISI. School Diversity Week, organised by the charity Just Like Us, was launched with the support of the Department for Education.