Including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students

What we’re doing to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

We know that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people can face a challenging environment at school, including bullying.

It’s important all students feel accepted and valued at school for them to be fully participating and learning.

State and state-integrated schools are required to provide a safe physical and emotional environment for students.

We work with schools in a number of ways to create environments to reduce bullying and to develop a school culture that is inclusive for all students.

Schools that want to strengthen their inclusiveness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students can get support in the following ways:

  • A bullying prevention guide which includes information for schools on the experiences of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The guide is now also available on the bullyingfree website launched this week.
  • Access to the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) Programme, which helps schools develop a positive culture that is more accepting of diversity.
  • We provide tools so schools can run a check on how inclusive they are – Go to Wellbeing at School.
  • Our sexuality education guidelines encourage schools to be inclusive and value diversity, including of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students – Go to the Sexuality education guidelines.
  • We help any school that wants to offer self-contained individual bathrooms that can be used as unisex toilets. These are one of our standard designs and are increasingly popular with schools because they are versatile.

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