Two teach­ers are real cham­pi­ons

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

TWO KIN­LOCHLEVEN High School teach­ers have taken part in the Stonewall Scot­land School Cham­pi­ons pro­gramme, which aims to cre­ate ‘a safe and wel­com­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for pupils of all back­grounds’.

Michelle Du Preez and Chloe Put­ton vol­un­teered for the event which tack­les ho­mo­pho­bic, bi­pho­bic and trans­pho­bic (HBT) lan­guage and bul­ly­ing, which is said to be wide­spread in UK schools af­fect­ing young peo­ple’s ‘ well-be­ing as well as their at­ten­dance and at­tain­ment’.

Kin­lochleven head teacher Re­becca Machin said: ‘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.

‘Cel­e­brat­ing dif­fer­ence and tack­ling bul­ly­ing helps to pro­mote an en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents that is con­ducive to op­ti­mal learn­ing and devel­op­ment.

‘ We know that bul­ly­ing of all kinds can have a pro­foundly dam­ag­ing im­pact on young peo­ple’s sec­ondary school ex­pe­ri­ence. 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.’

Michelle Du Preez and Chloe Put­ton who took part in the Stonewall Scot­land School Cham­pi­ons pro­gramme.

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