Appoint an identifiable support team
Do pupils in your school have a clear understanding of who they can reach out to if they think they might be LGBT+, are the victims of LGBT+ bullying or have questions about LGBT+ issues? A highly visible support team is important for guaranteeing that LGBT+ pupils know who they can turn to.
Make sure your team are visibly identifiable with a special badge or lanyard.
In a secondary school, the support team doesn’t need to be made up of only staff - pupils can make excellent peer mentors and many schools around the UK already have a team of pupils they have trained to do just that.
We’d be happy to talk to any appointed staff, and if you’d like to organise a training session to prepare staff or students for the role, just let us know.
Staff role includes
■ Being the ‘first port of call’ for pupils who need advice or want to talk - pupil or staff
■ Having specialist and nuanced knowledge of the needs of LGBT+ pupils, which clearly differentiates between the needs of pupils with different identities, concerns, cultural backgrounds, etc.
■ Having a clear understanding of if and when something becomes a safeguarding concern
■ Delivering regular whole-school training on LGBT+ essentials and relevant topics (on a support team, this may only apply to one person)
Pupil role includes
■ Being someone that other pupils feel they can turn to when they need advice or want to talk
■ Having a good understanding of the needs of LGBT+ pupils, knowing that there are different considerations for different people
■ Having a clear understanding as to when they need to tell a member of school staff about something