Every child is entitled to an education that supports the development of their knowledge and skills as well as their personal development towards a healthy adulthood. However, LGBT+ students still face many challenges in education. Education must be inclusive to reduce the barriers and challenges for LGBT+ children and young people and support them to have a sense of belonging and safety in their school.

There are over 5,500 NEU members who identify as LGBT+ and undoubtedly there are more staff working in education who do not feel safe or supported to come out at work.   As well as safety for LGBT+ children, young people and families, LGBT+ inclusive education is essential to creating safe and equal workplaces.

The NEU has produced a range of guidance for LGBT+ inclusion. 

LGBT+ advice

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    LGBT+ inclusion: members

    LGBT+ inclusion involves reviewing the curriculum and lesson plans across all subjects to eliminate heteronormative bias, and ensure sexual orientations and gender identities are represented.

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    LGBT+ inclusion: LGBT+ members

    It is often the most unpleasant voices that we hear the loudest and whether you are out at work or not, it can be extremely isolating being a lone LGBT+ staff member.

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    LGBT+ inclusion: school governors/trustees

    As a school governor / trustee, you are responsible for ensuring the school’s practices are consistent with its values and ethos, even where these may be different to your own.

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    Equality advice

    A key priority of the union, to ensure all members have a voice in the union, the workplace and broader society, and do not face barriers to promotion, representation or participation.

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    Equality toolkit

    This toolkit is aimed at school representatives, teacher governors and NEU officers to use to promote good policies and practices in schools and colleges.

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    Every Child, Every Family

    Building LGBT+ inclusion through reading. Part of the Union’s Breaking the Mould series of resources, for nursery and primary phase teachers to think about books to use in the classroom.

LGBT+ news and blogs

Pride 2020

In 2019, NEU members self-organised to have a NEU LGBT+ Educators presence at over 40 Prides around the country. Kicking off in Birmingham in May and spreading across the country, LGBT+ educators and allies took to the streets to raise the profile of LGBT+ educators and to spread the message of Inclusion not Exclusion.

To get involved in Pride 2020, contact your local district secretary or LGBT+ Organising Forum reps to find out what’s already happening in your local area or you can find LGBT+ and Pride events happening near you on our interactive map.