Education

GLEN's work in education has helped create awareness of the issues experienced by many LGBT young people in schools and has led to a commitment by the education community to respond positively to these issues. GLEN's aim is to ensure that school's are safe, supportive and affirming places for all young people including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people. We work with all of the education partners nationally, including the Department of Education and Skills, to achieve this aim.

Launch of 'Respect' resource for primary school teachers.

GLEN was on the Department of Education & Skills Anti-Bullying Working Group which submitted the Action Plan on Bullying to the Minister for Education & Skills (January 2013). The Action Plan identifies 12 actions to be progressed to tackle and prevent bullying in schools.

KEY NATIONAL ACTIONS

  1. All schools (primary and post-primary) must comply with the Department of Education & Skills Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools. Anti-bullying policies should include in their definition homphobic and transphboic bullying as examples of identity based bullying (DES Anti-Bullying Procedures, sections 2.1, 1.4.1). Schools must also engage in education and prevention strategies in relation to homophobic and transphobic bullying (DES Anti-Bullying Procedures, section 5.3.1).
  2. In January 2016 GLEN with the support of the Department of Education and Skills published 'Being LGBT in School: A Resource for Post-Primary Schools to Prevent Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying and Support LGBT Students' The resource updates existing GLEN resources in line with the Action Plan on Bullying. The resource provides the first guidance for schools on supporting students who are transgender and has been widely supported by education partners, state bodies and LGBT organisations. 
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