Using the charter
The NEU LGBT+ charter is a clear, practical, hands-on guide for how educators might initiate work on LGBT+ equality, develop their approach further or add to what they do already.
Everyone is aware of the number of demands that are made on schools/colleges today and this charter is intended to be a supportive guide to action rather than a list of commands made on overworked education staff. It is a collection of ideas that has sprung out of discussion, debate and the practice of LGBT+ staff in the union. It is a practical tool that can be used in school/college meetings to initiate discussion and discuss ways forward. It is succinct because it is a guide to practice, not a philosophical essay.
The charter is organised into three sections:
- school ethos
- practical steps.
The ideas included create a starting point for discussion that any group of staff can consider whether school leaders, SLT, governors, year teams, department groups, union groups or anyone concerned about the experience of LGBT+ students and the education of all students in their schools/ colleges. The charter should be revisited regularly as staff and senior leaders change and LGBT+ school/college policy and ethos develops.
Some schools/colleges have already used the charter and have adapted the ideas included into their policies and everyday practice. This has improved the school/college experience for students and staff. It is useful as a tool to create an overview of practice as well as creating an opportunity for change and development.
Sharing good practice is important and we would like to hear back if you use the charter in your workplace. We would be keen to hear about changes you make to teaching and learning, curriculum or other policies which occur as a result – [email protected]
Schools/colleges have varying levels of confidence over LGBT+ issues in education for different reasons.
However, one of the principles that this charter is dedicated to achieving is that every school and college needs to reflect and respect the lives of LGBT+ students and staff in some form.
This is an opportunity for educators and schools/colleges to move on from where they are and improve the LGBT+ ethos and practice for all students.
THE NEU LGBT+ charter is a chance to start or to develop that conversation where you work.