Dear all,

<School name> is celebrating School Diversity Week 22-26 June.

As part of our efforts to ensure our school environment is a place where every child can realise their potential, we will be joining hundreds of thousands of pupils and school staff taking part in School Diversity Week 2020 to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education.

Section 28, which made it difficult for schools to address LGBT+ issues in a positive way, was repealed in 2003. But unfortunately, growing up remains unacceptably tough for LGBT+ young people: 40% contemplate suicide, 52% have self harmed and 86% still hear homophobic remarks. This has a potentially life-long impact on young people’s attainment and wellbeing.

The school and governors have a legal duty to ensure all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying, are tackled under the Education and Inspections Act 2006, an obligation which has been reinforced by the Equalities Act 2010. Ofsted will assess our approach to educating our young people about LGBT+ issues and bullying. Involvement with School Diversity Week has been commended by Ofsted as an indication that a school is fulfilling these responsibilities.

School Diversity Week, organised by the charity Just Like Us (justlikeus.org), was launched with the support of the Department for Education. This year’s week is sponsored by Facebook and JP Morgan with around 1,600,000 pupils and school staff due to take part.

This year Just Like Us will be running School Diversity Week: Home Edition in response to COVID-19. Firstly, materials will be adapted so we can use them with pupils remotely. Secondly, there will be daily online masterclasses for young people to take part in directly on a range of LGBT+ topics.

Alongside our anti-bullying and safeguarding policies, taking part in School Diversity Week is an important way of actively supporting LGBT+ young people in our school, and of demonstrating our commitment to an inclusive school environment where every young person can be themselves and thrive. It is a chance to explain to all our pupils the importance of diversity in the world we are preparing them for.

Please don’t hesitate to contact <INSERT NAME>, who will be leading our preparations, to find out more.

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Dear Parent/Carer,

<SCHOOL NAME> is celebrating School Diversity Week 22-26 June.

As part of our efforts to ensure our school environment is a place where every child can realise their potential, we will be joining hundreds of thousands of pupils and school staff taking part in School Diversity Week 2020 to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education.

Growing up remains unacceptably tough for LGBT+ young people: 40% contemplate suicide, 52% self harm and 86% still hear homophobic remarks. This has a potentially life-long impact on young people’s attainment and wellbeing. Alongside our anti-bullying and safeguarding policies, taking part in School Diversity Week is an important way of actively supporting LGBT+ young people in our school, and of demonstrating our commitment to an inclusive school environment where every young person can be themselves and thrive. It is a chance to explain to all our pupils the importance of diversity in the world we are preparing them for.

Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a legal obligation to promote understanding about LGBT+ equality and challenge prejudice. Ofsted will assess our approach to educating our young people about LGBT+ issues and combating bullying. Involvement with School Diversity Week has been commended by Ofsted as an indication that a school is fulfilling these responsibilities.

School Diversity Week, organised by the charity Just Like Us (justlikeus.org), was launched with the support of the Department for Education. This year’s week is sponsored by Facebook and JP Morgan with around 1,600,000 pupils and school staff due to take part.

This year Just Like Us will be running School Diversity Week: Home Edition in response to COVID-19. Firstly, materials will be adapted so we can use them with pupils remotely. Secondly, there will be daily online masterclasses for young people to take part in directly on a range of LGBT+ topics.

Please do not hesitate to contact <INSERT NAME>, who will be leading our preparations, to find out more.

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Dear Parent/Carer,

<SCHOOL NAME> is celebrating School Diversity Week 22-26 June.

We want to make sure that every child in our school reaches their potential and does their best. One way we are going to do this is by taking part in School Diversity Week, along with hundreds of thousands of pupils across the UK. 
 
The focus of the week is celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education. Our school community is diverse in many ways, and this is just one of them.

Growing up is really difficult for LGBT+ young people: 40% have thought about suicide, 52% have harmed themselves and 86% still hear homophobic comments. This has a potentially life-long impact on how well they do in school and in life.

We want to make sure that pupils in our school are not bullied, and we include everyone. It’s also important to prepare young people for the world beyond school, which is a very diverse place.

Teaching young people about being LGBT+ is included in the Equality Act 2010, the new PSHE curriculum, and how well we do it is measured by Ofsted.

School Diversity Week, organised by the charity Just Like Us (justlikeus.org), was launched with the support of the Department for Education. This year’s week is sponsored by Facebook and JP Morgan with around 1,600,000 pupils and school staff due to take part.

This year Just Like Us will be running School Diversity Week: Home Edition in response to COVID-19. Firstly, materials will be adapted so we can use them with pupils remotely. Secondly, there will be daily online masterclasses for young people to take part in directly on a range of LGBT+ topics.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, get in touch with <INSERT NAME>.

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