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‘Massive progress’ but more to do as one in five teachers say they feel uncomfortable teaching LGBT+ issues

New statistics show nearly a fifth of teachers in the UK are uncomfortable discussing LGBT+ topics with their pupils.

An independent poll asked primary and secondary school teachers how comfortable they felt teaching their pupils LGBT+ topics with 17 per cent saying they were uncomfortable.ADVERTISING

The research, commissioned by Just Like Us, a LGBT+ young people’s charity, comes 18 years after Section 28 was repealed in England and Wales.

Worryingly, only a third of teachers said they were completely comfortable talking about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans topics in the classroom.

One of those was Anna Wilcox from Everton Free School.

The 37-year-old told the ECHO : “As someone who has always felt comfortable teaching and discussing LGBTQ+ topics, I find it a shame that teachers still feel uncomfortable, however I also feel that these figures show a massive amount of progress has been made in schools across the UK.

“Considering that it was illegal less than 20 years ago to talk about LGBTQ+ topics in school. This was my whole school experience. It was never mentioned.Spire Healthcare6 Lifestyle Changes To Reduce High CholesterolOrbis HeaterForget Old Heating, This New Device Is Cheaper And Betterby TaboolaSponsored Links

“Now it is a requirement and for me this is a huge example of how far we as a society have come. I believe that in less than five years, those numbers will reduce significantly.”

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