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Over two-thirds of teachers have had no recent training on LGBT+ issues, according to a survey, with teachers reporting that, as a result, discrimination often goes unchallenged in schools.
Of the 300-plus teachers who took part in a survey last year – carried out by a teaching union and released by the Scottish government after a request under freedom of information legislation – 70 per cent said they had received no training in LGBT+ issues in the past five years.
Primary staff reported having less training than secondary, and almost half of primary teachers said they did not know how often training was offered. A report on the survey findings said it was “concerning that primary colleagues appear to lack information on training provision”.
Overall, a quarter of respondents said training was never offered by their local authority, with fewer than one in 10 saying it was offered regularly.
Only a fifth of those who had received training reported that it had covered strategies for challenging transphobia, with similar responses related to bi-phobia.
Tes Scotland reported last week on the government’s plans that LGBTI-inclusive education should be embedded across the curriculum – an announcement that made headlines across the world in November. However, these figures suggest a long road lies ahead when it comes to equipping teachers to deal with these new responsibilities.
One teacher commented in the survey: “There is a real lack of awareness that results in teachers not being able to challenge and deal with LGBTI discrimination, pupils often report it goes unchallenged.”
Another said that in their authority they were not aware of any training, “but we deal with LGBT issues often, within teaching, so it is desperately needed”.