‘Introduction to an LGBT history month education and celebration’
For use in the classroom and in assemblies.
The PowerPoint can be adapted for delivery to all year groups and can be used as part of staff training and INSET
Very useful websites for classroom resources and lesson ideas
SchoolsOUT have developed ‘The Classroom’. This is an online resource for teachers containing lesson plans in all subjects starting at early years through key stages 1-5. Each lesson comes with an accompanying PowerPoint, lesson plan and worksheets ready for you to download and begin using in the classroom.
‘The Classroom aims to be an accessible space for teachers to locate a range of resources to make Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans people visible in education. We believe that to eradicate homophobia and transphobia, the lives and contributions of LGBT people need to be visible throughout education. This can be done by delivering a broad and balanced curriculum’ SchoolsOUT
As highlighted in the TES and Guardian Education, a very popular lesson is the Key Stage 4 Music lesson on ‘Disco’. The practical lesson uses the 70’s disco song ‘I will survive’ as a basis to learn the elements of disco using the clip from ‘Priscilla Queen of the desert’ showing drag queens performing in the desert to the indigenous people. Using the ‘Genderbread’ person students identify terms and vocabulary related to trans people including ‘transvestite’, ‘transexual’ and ‘transgender’. The lesson can be downloaded here:
If your school is looking to engage further with trans issues then you can contact ‘Gendered Intelligence’ (http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/) They deliver workshops in schools, offer CPD in trans awareness, engage trans youth in creative workshops and form partnerships and run projects to benefit the trans community.
You can also contact The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) (http://www.gires.org.uk/index.php) who are a charity who offer a wide range of support for trans people and those who care for them. They ensure that legislation and practices meet the needs of trans people.
This year SchoolsOUT curriculum focus is Maths, Science, Engineering and Technology in honour of the centenary of the birth of mathematician Alan Turing. On November 15th 2012 SchoolsOUT held there annual pre-launch at Bletchey Park – home of the world war 2 codebreakers. Nigel Tart and Elly demonstrated LGBT inclusive maths and science lessons to year 8’s and year 10’s.
A particular favourite is a lesson on ‘Brighton Pride’ where students calculate the area of polygons using the pride tents as a stimulus.
The full lesson can be downloaded here
For all the latest LGBT news, events, lessons, advice and resources then your one-stop shop is the LGBT History Month website http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/