Since September 2017, Esh Winning Primary School has been been part of the Educate and Celebrate Best Practice Programme. The award programme is designed to ensure that schools are transformed into LGBT+ friendly places. We aim to provide an environment where all feel valued and free from discrimination, reflecting the world in its rich diversity.
Ofsted recognises Educate & Celebrate as Best Practice for taking a whole-school approach to tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and ingrained attitudes in schools, stating this approach has been highly successful and as Innovative and Visionary.
The main idea is to adopt a ‘usualising’ approach in order to teach children about LGBT+ people. Bullying is therefore reduced because LGBT+ people no longer seem ‘unusual’. We have worked hard to develop our curriculum and incorporate LGBT+ knowledge into lessons which has had an impact on students’ knowledge and understanding of LGBT+ people and issues. Removing the stigma in this way undermines HBT bullying and creates an environment in which it can be more readily challenged.
For more information about the Educate and Celebrate Best Practice Programme, visit: http://www.educateandcelebrate.org/ or watch the video below.