Beccles Free School is a fully inclusive school providing a quality education and experience for all its learners. Our Pastoral team works closely with parents and students to ensure that appropriate provision is made for those who may require support around LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) issues. This includes support for individuals who may identify as being LGBT or support and education for individuals who are voicing homophobic or anti-LGBT views which are impacting on other students. The school has created a culture of respect for the diversity and breadth of its community enabling everyone to participate in the life of the school. Parents of students with specific needs are encouraged to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, or the students form tutor to talk through their child’s individual needs, should they have any issues, questions or concerns.
Under the equality act 2010 any young person has a right to be addressed as whichever gender they identify as regardless of any diagnosis or medical intervention and irrespective of age.
Staff members have access to relevant e-learning relating to LGBT issues.
Click on the links below to view the specific school policies linked to supporting LGBT students:
Brook – Information and advice on sexuality and gender: https://www.brook.org.uk/your-life
Children’s Rights Alliance for England – Equality Act 2010: http://www.crae.org.uk/childrens-rights-the-law/laws-protecting-childrens-rights/equality-act-2010/
Mermaids (Support for children and their families with gender identity): http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/