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Just Like Us staff and ambassadors, educators and LGBT+ young people make up the voices of Just Like Us

Pride Groups changed our school for the better

Tris is a former Student Leader of a Pride Group in a school in Wolverhampton and was one of our 2020 LGBT+ Student Role Models of the Year. He has recently finished his studies and progressed to university. As a young person who has just recently left school for university, it’s great to be able to look back on those seven years and see how big an impact our Pride Group has had on our school community and my fellow pupils. When I started my secondary school in Wolverhampton we didn’t have any LGBT+ club or Pride Group so I decided to change that. In Year 10 I approached my Head of Year to ask if I could start one. At first, I did everything by myself from organising what we talked about to

Be the change you want to see

Kate leads on Youth Programmes and Student Development at Newham Sixth Form College in London. She is the School Staff Champion for their Pride Group. The college is designed for those aged 16-19 and has around 2,700 learners. Caring, supportive and (a little bit) loud - those are the three words that sum up our college’s Pride Group and I think they would definitely agree on the third one. I was beginning to become concerned about the college losing momentum in all of the ways we’ve changed the conversation around being LGBT+ in our corner of London. All of our staff had completed training to combat HBT (homophobic, biphobic and transphobic) bullying and we had LGBT+ staff champions who had

Secondary school staff - take your Pride Group Online

It’s at least a couple of weeks into term and things are probably looking quite different. Perhaps you’re running a recovery curriculum, adapting the existing curriculum, or continuing to run remote learning for students who aren’t able to come back to school yet. Almost everyone seems to be adapting to staggered start and break times - necessary, of course, to ensure the safety of students and the only way to maintain “bubbles”. On pause? The existence of these bubbles, the lack of a shared lunchtime, and current government guidance on after school clubs means lunchtime clubs right now are a no-go. And lunch is by far the most common time of day to hold LGBT+ student groups (GSAs, or Pride

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