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All parties in Scottish Parliament hail ‘monumental’ victory that promises to transform education for LGBTI students.
Scotland will become the first country in the world to have “LGBTI-inclusive education” embedded in the curriculum, education secretary and deputy first minister John Swinney has told the Scottish Parliament.
The move was backed by all parties and described by one political rival, Labour’s Monica Lennon, as a “monumental” victory for those who campaigned for the changes announced this afternoon.
There were also reminders, however, that much work remains to be done to overcome the “shocking” treatment that many LGBTI students face. Recent research has suggested that Scottish education still has a long way to go in this area.
All state schools will now receive support to teach LGBTI equality and inclusion across age groups and subjects, and training will be accessible to all teachers. This follows a survey in September that suggested that guidance and pastoral care staff were struggling to cope with an “astronomical” workload.
Mr Swinney said: “Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI equality. I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in the world to have LGBTI-inclusive education embedded within the curriculum.”
Jordan Daly, co-founder of TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) campaign, which was the driving force behind the changes, said: “After three years of campaigning, we are delighted that LGBTI-inclusive education will now become a reality in all of Scotland’s state schools. This is a monumental victory for our campaign and a historic moment for our country.