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No Outsiders: Researching approaches to sexualities equality in primary schools
£559,162, Economic and Social Research Council Despite its importance in terms of pupil, teacher and community wellbeing, sexualities equality (equality regardless of sexual orientation) remains the one area of inclusion still largely unaddressed in schools, although its significance is recognised by both policy makers and professional bodies. An implicit conceptual link between sexual orientation and sexual activity has led primary teachers, in particular, to avoid addressing this issue, despite the fact that many children in their care will have some connection to non-heterosexual relationships, and some 10% are likely to identify in later life as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In addition, Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act, which banned 'the promotion of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship', has continued to constrain teachers even after its repeal in 2002 (2000 in Scotland). This project (named after Archbishop Desmond Tutu's statement that 'everyone is an insider, there are no outsiders') supports Stonewall's 'Education For All' campaign against homophobia in schools by helping primary teachers to overcome these barriers, through working in a collaborative practitioner-research community to develop positive approaches to sexualities equality in their own schools.
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