Monday 22-10-2018 - 12:27
Calls for teacher training to combat homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying were given the support of Scotland’s largest national student union as NUS Scotland formally backed the Time for Inclusive Education campaign.
Following the recent meeting of their Scottish Executive Committee, NUS Scotland pledged to ‘create a more inclusive education system’ by backing proposals to include LGBTI awareness and inclusion teacher training for newly qualified and existing teachers to combat LGBTI bullying in schools.
The news comes after the conclusion of the Scottish Government’s LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group, which is set to propose reforms to teacher training throughout Scotland.
Research commissioned by the TIE campaign found that 90% of LGBT people have experienced homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at school with 80% of teachers citing a lack of adequate training on how to tackle LGBTI based bullying.
Commenting on the backing, NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe said:
“The TIE campaign has been at the cutting edge of tackling LGBTI bullying and discrimination across Scotland's schools and their example has rightfully been recognised across Scotland, the UK and beyond.
“From classrooms to parliament, TIE has ensured that young people throughout Scotland feel safe and secure in expressing themselves in their schools and communities.
“NUS Scotland are firmly committed to diversity and inclusivity, ensuring students voices are represented through our liberation groups. In addition to our LGBT + committee, we now have a dedicated Trans Committee and Trans Officer, ensuring inclusivity and representation throughout all our internal procedures.
“NUS Scotland and are proud to stand alongside the TIE campaign as we build an education sector that is open to all.
“We would implore the Scottish Government to listen closely to the recommendations of the LGBTI Inclusive Education working group. It is vital that students’ voices are represented and accounted for as we radically transform the future of Scottish education for our LGBTI students.
TIE co-founder Liam Stevenson said:
"From the beginning of our campaign we have made clear that teacher training is an essential part in delivering LGBTI inclusive education, therefore teacher training is one of the cornerstones of our five-point pledge.
“We are delighted to have the backing of the NUS Scotland as LGBTI training for teachers undergoing Initial Teacher Education is a fundamental part of our vision for truly inclusive education.
“With generations of new teachers going into schools fully equipped with the skills and confidence to deliver LGBTI inclusion, alongside existing teachers and staff, we can transform the lives end experiences of our LGBTI learners."