Monkton Infants School continues to provide an environment where lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans and questioning staff, parents, children and young people are free to be themselves and to experience acceptance from adults and other young people.
We have a clear duty under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that teaching is accessible to all children and young people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Inclusive Relationships & Sex Education will foster good relations between pupils, tackle all types of prejudice – including homophobia – and promote understanding and respect, enabling schools to meet the requirements, and live the intended spirit, of the Equality Act 2010.
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ identifies bullying; including cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying; and homophobic or transphobic abuse as important safeguarding issues to be addressed by schools. These can be considered as peer on peer abuse.
We continue to develop and deliver LGBT+ specific and inclusive lessons of a high-standard to support our young children on their learning journey of the diverse world. This is something we are very proud of!
Please see below some of our helpful signposting posters:
Afternoon Tea (Trans Youth Manchester) – The Proud Trust
We’re a cool, quirky group of young people who come from all walks of life. What we all have in common is that we’re trans or questioning our gender identity. If you’re 11-25 and trans or unsure about your gender, we’d love you to join us!
Coming Out – Advice and guidance for parents
Questions frequently asked by parents with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans children.
Mermaids – Resources for Young People
If you are a young person that feels at odds with their birth gender, or you are a parent with a child who feels this way, Mermaids can help. Please contact them via their website for information and resources.
Support information for parents of LGBT+ young people
A list of local support groups put together by The Proud Trust.
At Monkton Infants we have been given the amazing opportunity to be involved in the Rainbow Flag Award. We already do lots of work in the school around how we are different – from hair colour and eye colour to height, build and race. Our children really are fantastic at accepting each other for their unique qualities.
To make our school even more inclusive, we now have a wealth of amazing books to make children aware of more differences we have out there in the real world which will be shared in classes in KS1. From diverse families (e.g. same gender parents) to knowing it’s absolutely ok to break all gender stereotypes. Whether you love pink, blue, glitter, cars, tiaras or footballs… We will all be accepted and loved just for being us!
We are hoping this early approach will prevent homophobic and transphobic behaviour later in life, as often it is the initial shock and misunderstanding which can be the root cause.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to pop our Rainbow Flag lead, Miss Wilson, or Mrs Askwith a message or visit www.rainbowflagaward.co.uk for more info.
Thank you xx
Our very talented Imogen has came up with the winning design for Children’s Research. This design will appear in hospitals all around the country!
Well done Imogen! We are all so proud of you!