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Equality and Diversity


Equality and Diversity - Key Stage 3&4

Forming positive relationships

In this lesson, students examine the nature of friendships, identify some of the challenges that can arise and how to provide effective peer support.

Relationships lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students explore what makes a good friend and discuss strategies for dealing with difficult social situations.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and extended learning projects
  • 2 films to support the activities, including Doug Armstrong on "How to be a true friend"

Get lesson plan for KS3 and KS4


Some top tips

Here are some top tips to make your school more trans inclusive:

  • Work with the LGBT young people in your school. Listen to them and be led by them as far as possible;
  • Celebrate difference through special events such as LGBT History Month in February. Make sure you highlight trans people and issues relating specifically to the trans community during this month;
  • Use Stonewall’s huge bank of resources. They are available free of charge on our website and can be downloaded;
  • Display posters such as those made for the Trans Day of Visibility to improve the visibility of trans people in your school;
  • Create an equality group to run your assemblies on LGBT History Month;
  • Review your school’s policies, do they cover transphobia and transphobic bullying as a specific issue and state that instances will not be tolerated? Your anti-bullying policy could give examples of transphobic language so staff and students better understand;
  • Make your policies explicit about following the Equality Act 2010 and include this in your home-school agreement so that parents are aware of how you support all pupils in your school;
  • Create a checklist for staff to follow should a student disclose to them that they are trans or questioning their gender. This could include such things as asking how the student would like to be referred to (name and pronoun) and whether the student feels they need any additional support;
  • Invite a trans speakers in to your school. Joining the Stonewall School Champion programme will give you access to trained LGBT speakers and you can request a trans speaker if you wish;
  • Review your curriculum and identify where trans people and their experiences could be included. Ideally this should go beyond PSHE and RSE curricula, as great opportunities to discuss and explore trans issues could come in English, art or drama;
  • Make information on trans issues easily available to students by creating a trans specific section on your LGBT notice board. Signpost to local and national trans youth services such as Mermaids and Gendered Intelligence.



EQUALITY ACT 2010: Advice for school leaders, school staff, and governors 

Downloadable PowerPoint available here






50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's Visit to the UK


A set of teaching resources inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. has been created to help young people today think about the issues of racism, poverty and war.Aimed at students aged 7 – 16, the free pack contains lesson activities and ideas to help them explore the legacy of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

It has been created by researchers at Newcastle University, working with colleagues at Northumbria University, staff and students at Archbishop Runcie C of E First School, Newcastle, Gosforth Central School, Newcastle, Ovingham First School, Northumberland and the Newcastle University-based Martin Luther King Peace Committee.

The materials include lesson plans, hand-outs, worksheets, music recordings and presentation slides for lessons covering a wide range of subjects including history, RE, geography, English, PSHE, music, drama, art and even chemistry. It also includes material for assemblies and ideas for themed weeks.

Click on the title above to access this resource.



Mental Health & Physical Disability

This resource comprises a mix of materials that aim to help tackle student prejudice/ misconceptions around mental health/ physical disability. Baseline data can be gathered from the questionnaire ‘I think that…’.The PowerPoint and Creature Comfort activities can be used to help students understand physical and mental health issues.


Coming Out - support for lesbian, gay & bisexual young people


Young Stonewall


Gender Identity Research & Education Society

A teaching resource for Secondary Science developed by Gender Matters and, Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES): Transgender PowerPoint


Trans issues e-learning resources trailer:


Reform the Gender Recognition Act 

The fight for equality is far from over.  Speak up for trans rights and help reform the gender recognition act. Whether it's downloading A Vision For Change, contacting your MP about the Gender Recognition Act or signing up to hear more about what Stonewall is doing, there are plenty of ways to Come Out For Trans people. Click here to read more.









On Saturday 07.07.18 a transphobic group of eight women staged a protest at Pride in London.

They sought to sow division in our community, particularly pitting people who identify as cis-lesbian. We need trans people and every trans ally to show their support for trans equality at this critical time. Please respond to the Government consultation on Gender Recognition Act reform and use our top tips for responding to the most crucial questions. Tell people on social media that you have responded, and to #ComeOutForTransEquality and do the same. If we all come together and demonstrate how few in number the transphobes are, the momentum for reform will be unstoppable. Reform of the Gender Recognition Act is the gateway to more progress towards trans equality. And it’s vital to keep on track with our ultimate goal, that every LGBT+ person is accepted for who they are, no exceptions.

The UK government's consultation to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) is a real opportunity to improve trans people's rights. The GRA governs how trans people can have their identity legally recognised. This was groundbreaking in its time – it’s now seriously out of date and needs reform. 

The current GRA doesn't allow for non-binary identities to be legally recognised. Non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others reject them entirely.

Read Frankie’s story on why reform matters to them.

The current Gender Recognition Act doesn’t work at all for me. I’m 17, so I’m too young to apply (you have to be 18). I think It should be easier for younger trans people to get a Gender Recognition Certificate. We should be trusted to make the decisions only we can make, especially as there’s very little consequence to anybody else.  As a non-binary trans person, I want to be legally recognised. That’s why GRA reform must include recognition for genderqueer and other non-binary identities. Legal recognition would normalise us and help end discrimination.  I dream of acceptance. I dream of not having to read ignorant and prejudiced coverage of trans issues in the news every day. I dream of not worrying if a new friend will treat me differently once I ask them to use they/them pronouns.  I believe all this will happen. Eventually. And improving legal recognition for all trans people is a crucial step towards creating a society that doesn’t just tolerate trans people but loves and cherishes us.   Change starts with you. By responding to the consultation you can make a difference today that will have a huge impact on the future of trans rights.   

Better legal recognition isn’t the only thing that will improve trans people’s experiences, but it is an important step forward. Read why it matters to other trans people here.


Trans Inclusion Toolkit

Brighton & Hove City Council’s Children, Young People and Skills Committee have produced an updated version of the Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit for information on Equalities at all key stages of education. 

This is the fourth version of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit and reflects contributions and feedback from a wide range of sources. 
The original 2013 Toolkit was informed by these documents: 
• Cornwall Schools Transgender Guidance, 2012 (updated in 2015);
• Guidance on combating Transphobic bullying in schools, GIRES 2008;
• Guidance for schools on responding to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying, DCSF 2009.
Education settings are diverse communities that reflect wider society and are places where children and young people learn about valuing and respecting themselves and others. Children and young people spend a great deal of time in these settings and should feel able to be themselves. Schools and education settings have a responsibility to ensure that all children and young people in their care feel safe and supported to reach their potential and be the best version of themselves. Trans and non-binary children and young people are a small group within a school community, but a potentially vulnerable one. This Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit is a Brighton & Hove City Council guide for education professionals. Education settings will decide if the guidance is supportive of their values and ethos. It has been in place since 2013. 4 Transgender or trans “is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from the sex assigned [registered] at birth”. 1 This Toolkit uses the phrase ‘sex registered at birth’ to bring the Toolkit in line with the Census 2021, aside from when quoting other sources. A person’s sex registered at birth is based on physical characteristics in utero and at birth.




Article from the Telegraph (08.10.18):

Parents who refuse to let their son wear a skirt to school may need to be referred to social services, a council’s guidance has advised schools. Read the full story


Alphabets in Stonehouse (part of the Diversity Trust) - A support group promoting their cause via a website and Facebook page:   




Stonewall Primary Best Practice Guide

How primary schools are celebrating difference and tackling homophobia

Stonewall Inclusive Curriculum Guide

Bi Visibility Day - 23rd September

Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community. Every year on the 23rd of September, BVD celebrated bi people, while recognising the work still required to make biphobia a thing of the past. For a briefing based on data from Stonewall's health research into the health needs and experiences of bisexual people in Britain click here. Below we have series of posters highlighting Bi Visibility Champions, and some of the work they do:  


Stonewall has recently launched several new resources for schools, colleges and settings.

An introduction to supporting LGBT children and young people. This resource is suitable for all schools, colleges and settings and offers support in creating an LGBT inclusive environment, working with parents and carers, and supporting individual LGBT children and young people in mainstream and specialist settings.

Next steps in LGBT inclusive education: celebrating difference and developing understanding is a brand new resource, aimed at schools, colleges and settings that have already started work on LGBT inclusion and who are looking to really embed the work. This resource includes an extensive policy section, guidance on creating an LGBT inclusive curriculum, support on working with parents and carers, as well as highlighting the importance of ensuring that a wide range of LGBT people are represented and celebrated in the school, college or setting.

We’ve also been working hard to ensure that we offer schools, colleges and settings the resources they need to support children and young people with SEND as part of their LGBT inclusive approach. As well as our ‘It’s OK’ symbol supported posters, we now also offer easy read information sheets. (03/04/2020)



Mermaid Trans* Inclusion Schools Toolkit - Supporting transgender and gender questioning children and young people in East Sussex schools and colleges.




What not to say to LGBT pupils if they come out - an article from The Guardian 


18/10/17 TES - 'The best schools have an ethos that includes the head, teachers, governors, the children and parents At the very core of all successful schools – we're told – is the desire to continuously improve. Unfortunately, this drive for constant improvement can bring with it very major problems, especially when it's forced on schools by their many masters. Why have we forgotten that the only way a school can improve in a sustainable way is if all its teachers, leaders, staff, children, parents and governors are work together with a common goal?

EACH - Educational Action Challenging Homophobia

EACH is a charity providing training, resources and support services to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning (LGBT+) people. Posters available to down for free on the website.  Also SAFESPACE stickers to purchase. Click here to visit the website.

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) offers advice and support online and through their freephone Helpline for children experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying or harassment.
Phone: 0808 1000 143 open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. For All age ranges.

Gender Matter Resources from EACH - Educational Action Challenging Homophobia


Resources to tackle homophobic bullying in schools Click on the links below.

/Trans & gender questioning.pdf

/Gender Matters Resource 2 Girls Version.pdf

/Gender Matters Resource 3 boys version.pdf


Hold an Equali-tea and raise vital funds for LGBT equality. Click here for full details where you can order your FREE Equali-tea pack which is available from Stonewall 

LGBT in Britain - Home and Communities

Stonewall's LGBT in Britain - Home and Communities research report highlights deep challenges for the LGBT community, with alarming levels of racism experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people, and a significant proportion of trans people, bi people, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith feeling excluded within the LGBT community. Click here to read the full report 

 Rainbow Laces campaign

It’s down to all of us to be an active ally to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in sport.   

Every player, every athlete, every team is stronger when sport welcomes and supports everyone. 

It’s down to all of us to become an active ally to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

It’s about working together, whether that’s playing for fun, playing to win, or cheering on your favourite athletes or team. 

When we all play our part, we can make sport everyone’s game. 

Why Rainbow Laces matters

Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people can have negative perceptions and experiences of sport, whether it’s due to bullying in school sport, coming across anti-LGBT language on social media, down the pub or during live sports.

New Stonewall research finds that most people want to see action against anti LGBT language in sport, but only a quarter feel confident calling it out. Rainbow Laces is all about giving people the confidence and the tools to be active allies to LGBT people in sport.

Share your favourite moments from the Rainbow Laces campaign and follow the hashtag #RainbowLaces for the latest update.


Guidance for Church of England schools on challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying - Updated Sep 2019 Click Here

I'm just me

 “I’m just me... It's like coming up for air."

As Jaz and Charlie make a final attempt to keep their relationship alive, one of them comes out as non-binary (meaning they don’t identify as male or female), sparking a conversation that will change them both forever.

A film by Adam Tyler. (13/02/20)

They support 14-18 year olds but they will support younger if they are mature enough.

They have youth groups, support groups for parents (run by a parent of a trans gender child), they go ito colleges and schools to deliver training re: equality and diversity, they also work with refugees and asylum seekers who are trans gender. They have a gender group for 13-18 year olds.

Gay Glos can support a child in school, if the child or young person isn’t getting the right support or understanding from school. (21/02/20)


Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS): 

They support up to 18 year olds. Most of the referrals are from 12-16 years olds. In the last few years, referrals to the service have quadrupled in size.

They have Gender Identity clinics in Exeter and London and there are two new clinics trialing in Bristol and Manchester. (21/02/20)



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