Education and parenting groups call for lessons against LGBT bullying in schools

Education and parenting groups call for lessons against LGBT bullying in schools

Several groups are calling for lessons on LGBT bullying (Stock image)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Education and parenting groups are calling for lessons against LGBT bullying to be held in schools as part of an attempt to fight discrimination in Scotland.

The National Parent Forum Scotland (NPFS) has announced it is backing the campaign Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) on the matter, according to The Scotsman.

Last year it found that in schools 90% of LGBT students had experienced some form of homophobia and 27% said they had tried to commit suicide over bullying.

Liam Stevenson, a co-founder of TIE, said: "The endorsement of the NPFS further solidifies parental support. We look forward to continuing to work with the NPFS in order to ensure that all schools are LGBT-inclusive."

He also said parents can play a huge role in "tackling prejudicial behaviours amongst young people."

Stevenson claims to have spoken to many parents who are also calling for an end to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the education system.

The Educational Institute of Scotland and Scouts Scotland have also announced their support for the idea.

The Scottish Government has already started an initiative to train teachers on the matter and include LGBT matters in the curriculum.

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