Rebecca Cross, teacher, Thomas Aveling School - It Gets Better Today

Uploaded by stonewalluk on 15.11.2010

My name is Rebecca Cross and I work at the
Thomas Aveline School in Rochester in Kent.
We've been doing a lot of work recently to support our LGBT
students here in school. First of all we've set up a social group
where they can meet and talk about the issues that are important to them.
Also we have official meetings in school where they get to
contribute their ideas on how we can improve things as a
school and how we can develop policies to make things better for them.
We have also been working with staff to encourage staff to
always challenge homophobic language when they hear it, in
their class room or round and about in school and to make
sure that staff are equipped to do that and they deal with it effectively.
We also encourage staff to make sure that any incident of
homophobic abuse or bullying are reported through the proper
channels and that they are taken as seriously as, for example,
a racist incident would be. Our students are getting more
and more confident and they are willing to contribute lots and
lots of ideas and they're working with us to make things better.
So I can assure you, it gets better today, we can make it happen.