Call for more LBGT teach­ing

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A Ruther­glen coun­cil­lor has called for more ed­u­ca­tion about LBGT+ is­sues in Scot­tish schools.

Coun­cil­lor Ger­ard Killen, who rep­re­sents Ruther­glen South, is an ac­tive cam­paigner on LBGT+ rights.

Last week, Ni­cola Stur­geon pledged to make a “leap for­ward” on LGBT+ ed­u­ca­tion in schools.

How­ever, cam­paign­ers have been split on how much progress has been made over the years.

Time for In­clu­sive Ed­u­ca­tion said: “In or­der to en­sure that our schools are in­clu­sive of LGBT+, teach­ing staff must re­ceive LGBT+ spe­cific train­ing.”

Coun­cil­lor Killen tweeted last week: “Only 16 per cent of teach­ers have re­ceived train­ing in how to tackle ho­mo­pho­bic bul­ly­ing. This doesn’t go far enough.”

He later added: “75 per cent pri­mary and 44 per cent sec­ondary teach­ers say they’re not al­lowed/ un­sure if al­lowed to teach about LGBT is­sues. Generic train­ing does not work.”

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