The shadow of Section 28? One in five teachers 'uncomfortable' discussing LGBT+ topics

Eighteen years on from the repeal of Section 28 and one in five teachers say they still feel uncomfortable discussing LGBT+ topics with pupils.

Research from LGBT+ charity Just Like Us and involving 6,179 teachers asked them: “How comfortable do you feel discussing LGBT+ topics with your pupils?”

A third (29 per cent) said they were “completely comfortable”, and half (52 per cent) said they were “mostly comfortable”.

However, 14 per cent said they were “not very comfortable” and three per cent felt “completely uncomfortable”.

Primary phase teachers felt even less comfortable, with 19 per cent saying they felt uncomfortable teaching LGBT+ topics and only 25 per cent “completely comfortable”.

Dominic Arnall, chief executive of Just Like Us, said that he did not blame teachers: “We don’t blame teachers for feeling uncomfortable – they may not have had the resources or personal life experiences – but all you need is a willingness to support your pupils.”

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