Using a wider range of good literature is a really quick, exciting and effective way to promote inclusion. This resource will help you to promote LGBT+ inclusion through reading.
It’s designed to help you include every child and make sure every child has ways to see their family and relatives represented positively in their school.
- Share this resource with colleagues and table it on an INSET agenda.
- Reflect on what opportunities are being missed to talk positively about LGBT+ people, within day to day teaching, so that LGBT+ people are understood as equal, and usual and not as different, special or hidden.
Using these books, and the teaching notes for each title, will open up straightforward ways to talk with children about different kinds of families and relationships. It will help ensure LGBT+ people aren’t left out of these conversations and learning moments; aren’t presented in tokenistic ways; aren’t ignored or over-looked.
It will help you reflect the reality of the diversity of family shapes in your classroom. It will do wonders for the self-esteem and well-being of the children in your class who live with mum or with their gran, in blended families, or who have two mums or two dads. There are so many families like these - how can we make sure we are explicitly recognising and validating them?
We haven’t specified which key stage these books relate to as you should feel free to use them flexibly across age groups. The law requires primary schools to advance LGBT+ equality but the impetus behind this area of teaching should surely be values-based. Why shouldn’t every family feel valued and welcome?
It’s a problem that we still need to say it; but, this resource isn’t about sex education. Relationships and sex education is of course one part of the curriculum which needs to be inclusive of LGBT+ families. But this guide will help you to think about how your school can use books and reading across the whole of your curriculum, and bring to life your values of inclusion to life.