- On September 10, 2018
Cara-Friend has trained almost 450 teachers in schools across Northern Ireland as part of the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools Programme. The LGBTQ+ Awareness Training was delivered to teachers and staff in 6 schools so far – a great start to the new school year!
“LGBTQ+ Awareness Training for teachers and staff is a great way for school teams to make their practice more inclusive of, and responsive too, the needs of LGBTQ+ young people,” says Jo McParland, Regional Development Youth Officer for Cara-Friend. “Often teachers can be intimidated by the language and terminology, which can in turn prevent them from appearing supportive of LGBTQ+ young people. This training demystifies all of this and gives teachers the confidence to act and help.”
The 6 sessions were delivered over the first two weeks of school in the new 2018-19 school year. The participating schools so far were:
- Wellington College, Belfast
- Hunterhouse College, Belfast
- The Wallace High School, Lisburn
- Breda Academy, Belfast
- Lismore Comprehensive School, Craigavon
- Parkhall Integrated College, Antrim
The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools Programme is available for free to all post-primary schools all across Northern Ireland, and more details can be found here. We also have a resource specifically for teachers which is designed to guide them to becoming more LGBTQ+ affirming teachers. This can be downloaded for free here.
If you would like to book any component of the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools Programme, including LGBTQ+ Awareness Training for staff, or ShoutOut Anti-Bullying Workshops, get in contact with Jo McParland on firstname.lastname@example.org.