Scotland has made history by becoming the first country in the world to make the teaching of LGBTQ+ history compulsory in schools with the aim to promote equality and reduce anti-LGBTQ+ bullying. According to The Scotsman, all school staff will be given basic training on LGBTQ+ inclusive education, as well as a toolkit of LGBTQ+ inclusive teaching resources for classroom use.
After training has been completed, all pupils will study LGBTQ+ history and contemporary LGBTQ+ issues in school. Time for Inclusive Education co-founder Jordan Daly, hopes the new resources, which “have been co-developed with teachers across Scotland”, will help educators to actively tackle prejudice while empowering young people and helping them to “feel valued, confident, and proud of who they are.”
LGBTQ+ activists and advocacy groups have celebrated the news, with Stonewall tweeting: “We’re so happy that Scotland has made history by becoming the first country in the world to make teaching LGBTQ+ history in schools mandatory!” In England, LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education became compulsory in schools last year, with new teaching topics include consent, pornography and LGBTQ+ rights.