Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Poole Grammar Teacher Training

Yesterday, Space traveled to Poole Grammar School to deliver its Anti homophobic, biphobic and transphobic training to approximately 70 teaching staff. It was great to see Space's leaflets and poster in the Reception upon our arrival!

Initially nervous being apart of the delivery of the assembly it was great to see a familiar face in one of the teaching staff, originally from St Edward's. Also, Mr Chase made us feel incredibly welcome and helped calm any nerves or worries I had.

It was amazing to see Space in action, proving that the work we do is so vital in supporting everyone, both staff and students, in being true to themselves.

Covering a wide range of topics from rainbow alliances to defining what equality and diversity means the presentation was incredibly informative and relevant. Part of the presentation was using Space's 'equality game' were members of staff are given a persona, for example, an older gay man or a transgender woman and they were asked to step forward or backward depending on the statement read out, which could limit the person from doing certain activities such as, travelling to any country in the world without being discriminated, or worse.

Even though the activity was a game, I think this really puts into perspective how important protecting and supporting LGBT+ people is and overall, fighting for equality so no one has to stand at the back of the line...


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