A new guide for LGBT+ parents on choosing schools, Inclusion Matters, was launched on the 10th of May 2017 in London.
The first resource of its kind, Inclusion Matters provides background on English state and independent schools’ statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and explains how these schools are formally assessed on diversity by Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The guide shows how case law supports parents and carers having a voice in shaping a school’s commitment to diversity.
Written by educators, educational specialists, consultants, diversity practitioners and parents, it offers practical questions in an easy-to-use checklist format to help empower parents and carers to consider and discuss a school’s commitment to LGBT+ inclusion.
But it is not just an LGBT+ resource. The producers, Diversity Role Models (DRM) and Proud Professional Parents (P3) hope that the guide will also be useful to non-LGBT+ parents or carers who seek an inclusive and diverse educational environment. If a school has been successful at LGBT+ inclusion, it will likely be successful at other strands of diversity (such as gender, race or religion) which have been part of the school curriculum for longer than sexuality.
Inclusion Matters is free, but you will need to register to obtain a copy. Just click the link.