Best Practice

LGBT+ and gender: Auditing your school’s curriculum

It is vital that your school curriculum represents the diversity seen in modern Britain. Katherine Fowler outlines what to consider when carrying out a curriculum review focused on gender and LGBT+ and considers how to instil a cross-curricular sense of inclusivity

Embed gender and LGBT+ inclusivity throughout your curriculum

If you want to change your pupils’ understanding and attitudes around gender and LGBT+ inclusivity, you will need to make changes across your whole curriculum. Keeping topics about gender and sexuality confined to a small number of PSHE or RSE lessons is unlikely to have the significant impact you seek.

You should look to question your whole curriculum for gender and LGBT+ inclusivity; then you and your colleagues can pinpoint where the weaknesses or gaps are in each subject and take steps to address them. Using a specialist curriculum audit tool will help provide a framework for thinking about how you can embed these topics across all areas of learning.

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