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LGBT History Month, February 2019 – Sharing good practice

Hertfordshire’s LGBTQ+ children and young people working group are inviting Hertfordshire schools to help us to mark LGBT History Month, February 2019.
We would like you to consider submitting a brief description and/or photographs of activities, events and/or developments that you have been involved in over 2018 or have planned for 2019 that has been designed to move your school forward to

  • progress LGBTQ+ equality (for staff or pupils)
  • prevent and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • support LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing
  • develop an LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum

We intend to share your submissions on the grid website to expand our examples of good practice in Hertfordshire schools.
We would welcome your submissions arriving at  by 14th January 2019, so that we can get them published in plenty of time.
I very much hope that you will be willing to share your ideas with other schools in this way.


Young people launch video to combat hate crime in Hertfordshire

Young people working with YC Hertfordshire, part of Hertfordshire County Council, have launched a video to encourage the reporting of hate crime

The video was created by young people from the Who Not What group of LGBTQ young people, supported by YC Hertfordshire. It depicts a young person who is targeted because of their sexuality and, subsequently, is supported by a Hate Crime Officer to report the crime.

Daisy, a member of Who Not What said: “We made the hate crime film because it is an important issue and the actual process of reporting hate incidents is rarely addressed or talked about so it was great to be able to make something creative for an important issue.“

The video can be accessed here:

and there is opportunity to give your feedback after watching the film via survey monkey:


Stonewall Education Index: winners 2016

Stonewall, Britain’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, in 2016 named Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council as the best local authority in Britain for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference in its schools. Read more on the Herts for Learning website:

Don’t miss reading Nicky Morgan’s October 2016 speech on the importance of LGBT equality.


Teachers: Schools should adopt positive view of homosexuality 2015

This article shows the growing imperative to address LGBT equality across all schools, for both staff and pupils.



Useful Additional Material

February LGBT History Month 2018

The theme this year is Geography: Mapping Our World. The Proud Trust has produce KS3 and KS4 resources to help secondary schools deliver lessons as part of the February LGBT History Month 2018. Primary schools may also get ideas by looking at the resources.


LGBT History Month 2018


Stonewall resources - Are you a boy or a girl?

Stonewall have released a lesson plan based on the book ‘Are you a boy or are you a girl? By Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher.

are you a Boy or Girl

ISBN: 9780993192500
Publisher: TQUAL Books

Stonewall primary lesson plan

For secondary schools they have created an assembly which schools can use as is or adapt.

Stonewall secondary assembly

Network Autism website - Supporting trans and gender questioning autistic pupils

We were disappointed that our planned training bringing Joe Butler to Hertfordshire was cancelled due to low numbers. So we are delighted to be able to provide our partner schools with access to Joe’s article ‘Supporting trans and gender questioning autistic pupils’. It is incredibly useful.


Stepping Out

Stepping out'Stepping Out’  is a 28-page booklet for people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual or think they might be; offering information and advice on ‘coming out’ - have a quick look inside:

Alongside this we also publish the ever popular leaflet 'Am I Bothered?' A leaflet for young people on raising the issue of homophobia and its impact on the lives of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people:

If you have any questions, or would like to request a sample copy, email: or you can order online!


Good Practice Case Studies

Gender Equality - Oakwood Primary School
Trans Inclusion Development at The Priory School
Supporting Young Transgender Pupils at Primary School
Martins Wood Primary School logoMartinswood: Anti-homophobia (Primary)

With Ofsted so focused on prevention of bullying, including schools' anti-homophobia work, this case study from Martins Wood Primary School may help show how it could be further developed in your school. 

Nascot Wood Junior School Resources

In 2012/13 Nascot Wood Junior school has been preparing their staff to tackle homophobia effectively.  They have agreed to share their resources.  See how these might be of assistance to you.