Jigsaw PSHE has recently been part of a project with EACH – Educational Action Challenging Homophobia. Jonathan, the executive director, writes here about how successful the partnership has been. The project has produced new lesson plans challenging homophobia, biphobic and transphobic bullying. We hope you might have a look at the resources and see how closely EACH and Jigsaw’s values align.
“EACH was pleased to work in partnership with Jigsaw PSHE, creating the lesson plans for our award-winning school resource, Inspiring Equality in Education. Having explored the PSHE resources available to primary schools, Jigsaw was the obvious choice to adapt for inclusion. EACH was delighted when Jan Lever agreed so readily to see her work included in our Resource.
EACH’s adaptations of Jigsaw remain true to its source material: enhancing the lesson ideas to allow primary teachers to even more fully explore topical issues like the similarities and differences between us all that make us unique. Inspiring Equality in Education lesson plans also focus on concepts such as ‘different families’ – exploring the evolution of modern families, how everybody’s family is unique and to be respected. Other lesson ideas look at toys, how they’re often targeted at boys or girls and how helpful this is. A lesson for upper Key Stage 2 allows teachers to appropriately introduce their pupils to the hugely important historic contribution gay or trans people have made to our society – for instance, Alan Turing.
Everyone wants our children to grow up to pursue the jobs and careers that they want to and to which they’re suited. Jobs shouldn’t be seen as “men’s jobs” or “women’s jobs” and Jigsaw’s brilliant ideas have been adapted in Inspiring Equality in Education to help every primary school pupil mature to fulfil their potential to the very best of their abilities, unhindered by gender stereotypes which can serve only to stifle children’s potential.”
Jonathan Charlesworth M.Ed.
Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH)
The new materials include:
- Primary School lesson plans covering celebrating difference, families, relationships and gender awareness
- Secondary School lesson plans on prejudice-based language, bullying, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans media representation, prejudice, gender and social media
- Guidance on what the law says, teaching about LGBT+ identities and relationships, handling disclosures, staff training, anti-bullying policies and one-to-one support for LGBT+ young people
Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, is also quoted in a PSHE Association newsletter, saying:
“…it will help all schools better understand homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and deal with it effectively. These new school resources for Key Stages 1 to 4 will play an important role in helping schools and pupils to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and I look forward to seeing the positive results in the future.”