The evolution of LGBT+ History Month

Dawn Langley Simmons may not be a name you instantly recognise. Born Gordon Langley Hall in 1922, the novelist had gender reassignment surgery in the USA in the 1960s after making the country her home. Her 1969 wedding marked South Carolina’s first, legal, interracial marriage and led to her being shunned by many members of […]

LGBT+ History: Lessons for and from our trainee teachers

University of Manchester History PGCE by Thomas Donnai, University of Manchester History PGCE and Dr. Jeff Evans, Manchester University, Schools OUT UK. Visits to countless schools over the past 3 years, and scrutiny of countless curricula seem to confirm one thing to me: we don’t ‘do’ LGBT History very well in schools. Of real concern […]

'No Outsiders' by Andrew Moffatt – Review

NO OUTSIDERS IN OUR SCHOOLS Teaching the Equality Act in Primary Schools & RECLAIMING RADICAL IDEAS IN SCHOOLS Preparing Young Children for Life in Modern Britain By Andrew Moffat Given the controversy over Andrew’s work in Parkview School I thought it was wise for Schools OUT UK to review his books and explore his work.  […]

Standing Proud – The Big Issue Autumn 2019

The history of the teaching of LGBT+ related issues within our schools has certainly been a tumultuous one – but where are we today?   “You don’t have to come out to come in” is the very fitting mantra of City of London School’s LGBT+ Society, a statement that seems to perfectly capture the friendly and […]

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity in Schools

Professor  Sue Sanders, Co-Chair, School’s OUT UK and Founder, The Classroom and LGBT History Month discusses the importance of inclusive LGBTQ+ Education in schools to promote equality and diversity. Will be chairing an Inside Government event on promoting Inclusive RSE and LGBTQ+ Education in schools on 18th September See here Very exciting erudite speakers including Andrew Moffat We are in schools […]

‘It's easier to be out LGBT in police than teaching’ says Sue Sanders

‘It’s easier to be out LGBT in police than teaching’ Martin George Martin George TES (Twitter: @geomr) Concerns raised about the amount of government funding available to help schools follow new sex education guidance. It is now easier to be an out LGBT police officer than an out LGBT teacher, the co-founder of UK LGBT History Month […]

Angela Eagle MP: We aren't getting back in the closet

Former Labour minister Angela Eagle has insisted: “We aren’t going to get back in the closet,” as she challenged those protesting against LGBT equality teaching during a Commons debate. Eagle, who was the first openly gay female MP when she came out in 1997, said such education is not “propagandising” or about “trying to turn people gay”, […]

Teachers can let pupils know 'it's okay to be gay' Education Secretary Damian Hinds tells Commons

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said teachers should tell children it is okay to be gay. Mr Hinds was responding to Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips, whose city has been at the centre of protests from parents demonstrating against schools giving lessons on LGBT relationships. Ms Phillips told the Commons she met a headteacher from her constituency […]

Parkfield School: 'No Outsiders' – A Statement from Schools OUT UK, Mohammed Amin MBE and Ofsted

Schools OUT UK has been involved with ‘No Outsiders’ since its inception and has supported its vital work. We have worked since 1974 to make LGBT+ people in all their diversity visible and safe by educating OUT prejudice. We created LGBT+ History Month in 2004, and produced The Classroom website which has over free 80 […]

Relationships and Sex Education: What should schools do?

by Freddie Whittaker (Schools Week) Draft statutory guidance on the new relationships and sex education curriculum has finally been published. The 38-page document sets out the things primary and secondary schools will have to teach from September 2020, but also includes some instructions on how the new curriculum should be administered. Here’s what the guidance says schools should […]