Education secretary John Swinney yesterday announced that all state schools in Scotland will be supported to teach LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersex) equality and inclusion. The Scotsman reports.
The move was warmly welcomed by politicians and gay rights campaigners, but there was concern from religious groups that families who were not committed to “radical LGBT politics” would feel isolated.
Last night the Scottish Government confirmed that the initiative would run in conjunction with its Curriculum for Excellence, which takes effect from when children enter school aged four or five until they leave.
Speaking at Holyrood, Mr Swinney announced the Scottish Government will accept all 33 recommendations made by the LGBTI inclusive education working group.
Research by TIE (Time for Inclusive Education), which has campaigned for the initiative, had previously revealed four out of five teachers do not feel adequately trained to tackle homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.
Jordan Daly co-founder of Time for Inclusive Education said “The implementation of LGBTI inclusive education across all state schools is a world first and, in a time of global uncertainty, this sends a strong and clear message to LGBTI young people that they are valued here in Scotland.”
But Simon Calvert, deputy director of the Christian Institute, which has almost 6,000 supporters in Scotland, said: “Parents, pupils and teachers expect schools to do all they can to stop bullying of any kind. But they don’t want to see controversial political agendas embedded across the curriculum. Maths lessons should be about maths, not LGBT politics.”
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