The Oban Times - - Districts -

TWO teach­ers from Kin­lochleven High School, Michelle Du Preez and Chloe Put­ton, have suc­cess­fully taken part in the Stonewall Scot­land School Cham­pi­ons pro­gramme, aimed at cre­at­ing a safe and wel­com­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for pupils of all back­grounds.

Ho­mo­pho­bic, bi­pho­bic and trans­pho­bic (HBT) lan­guage and bul­ly­ing is wide­spread in UK schools, af­fect­ing young peo­ple’s well-be­ing as well as their at­ten­dance and at­tain­ment. A third of gay pupils ex­pe­ri­ence bul­ly­ing which leads them to change their fu­ture ed­u­ca­tional plans and three in five say it harms their aca­demic per­for­mance.

‘Quite apart from this be­ing the right thing to do, re­search shows that sec­ondary schools which take an ac­tive, pos­i­tive ap­proach to tack­ling HBT lan­guage and bul­ly­ing get the best re­sults.’ Said Mrs Machin, head teacher at Kin­lochleven High School. ‘Cel­e­brat­ing dif­fer­ence and tack­ling bul­ly­ing helps to pro­mote an en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents that is con­ducive to op­ti­mal learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment. I am very proud of my staff for tak­ing this on board and work­ing to­gether to make sure that this does not hap­pen at Kin­lochleven High.’

Chloe Put­ton and Michelle Du Preez com­pleted the Stonewall Scot­land School Cham­pi­ons train­ing.

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