Services for schools

The aim is for schools to identify the support and interventions that most respond to issues identified through school intelligence and data including the Safe and Well School Survey. Schools will also be aware of the need for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* identities and role models to be visible within the community as a method of challenging prejudice and stereotypes and raising aspirations. This menu is to enable discussions about what can be offered, but schools may have in mind other approaches that they think that Allsorts Youth Project can support. It is also vitally important to consider how the planned interventions and services will be evaluated and impact measured.

For All Students:

LGBT Awareness & Challenging Homo/Bi/Transphobia Workshops

Typically delivered in PSHE lessons and co-led by Allsorts Peer Educators.

LGBT Awareness Assemblies

Typically delivered to highlight significant LGBT events or dates – such as LGBT History Month, National ‘Coming Out’ Day etc. and co-led by Allsorts Peer Educators.

Training for LGBTU allies Groups, Peer Mentors and Student Councils

More in depth LGBT Awareness & Challenging Homo/Bi/Transphobia training for students that have a role in the school of supporting or advocating for other students.  Ongoing advice and support available from Allsorts staff.

One-to-One support for students affected by LGBT issues

Ad-hoc and needs led support and advocacy for students whose lives and school life are being affected by LGBT Issues (e.g. they are being bullied because they have LGBT parents or siblings). Provided by trained and experienced Youth Support Workers from Allsorts Youth Project.  Sessions can be held in school during school hours or at the Young People’s Centre after school hours.

For LGBTU Students:

One-to-One support and advocacy for LGBTU students

Ad-hoc and needs led support and advocacy provided by trained and experienced Youth Support Workers from Allsorts Youth Project.  Sessions can be held in school during school hours or at the Young People’s Centre after school hours and during school holidays.

Staffing of LGBTU student one-to-one surgeries or small support groups at the school

More structured and regular support sessions for individuals or small groups provided by trained and experienced Youth Support Workers from Allsorts Youth Project

‘TAG’ (Under 16s Group) and ‘Allsorts Drop-in’ (16+) at Allsorts Youth Project

School staff can refer students that are under 16 to the fortnightly LGBTU youth group ‘TAG’ or students that are 16 to the weekly LGBTU Drop-in held at the Young People’s Centre and staffed by trained and experienced Youth Support Workers from Allsorts Youth Project.  There are also ‘Holiday Programmes’ for TAG members in the school holidays.

For School Staff:

LGBT Awareness training for school staff including Senior Leadership Team, governors, teachers and pastoral support staff in partnership with the Standards and Achievement Team:

Training can be tailored to the needs of the whole school community in order to build on training previously delivered.  Areas that can be covered are challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, celebrating LGBT identities, LGB Awareness, Trans Awareness, developing an LGBT inclusive curriculum and making your school an LGBTU Safe Space. Training is developed and sometimes delivered in partnership with Brighton & Hove’s Partnership Adviser: Health and Wellbeing.

Information, advice and guidance for staff about individual LGBTU students’ wellbeing

Available when required via face to face meetings or by telephone. Provided by trained and experienced Youth Support Workers from Allsorts Youth Project

For Parents / Carers:

Information, advice and guidance for parents and carers of LGBTU young people

Currently Allsorts runs a Parents Group for parents of trans young people and school staff can make referrals to this group.  We are also exploring the options of 1:1 support for parents and parents groups in schools

For Whole School Community:

LGBTU Youth Resources

Provision of posters, flyers, leaflets etc. that can be displayed throughout the school and made available to staff to share with LGBTU students and/or parents

Activities for LGBT events / dates

Provision of Information Stalls or other activities for significant LGBT events or dates – such as LGBT History Month, National ‘Coming Out’ Day etc.

Information Stalls for School Events

Provision of Information Stalls about Allsorts Youth Project at Parents Evenings, Freshers Fairs, other school events/occasions and in the school canteen during lunchtimes.

For all Brighton & Hove Schools:

Sharing and celebrating practice

We will be working in partnership with schools and the Standards and Achievement Team to find appropriate and effective ways to celebrate and share good practice locally and nationally.  Schools participating in the programme will receive an annual ‘Certificate of Recognition’ from Allsorts.

Resources to make the curriculum (especially PSHE Education) LGBT inclusive

We will be working in partnership with schools and the Standards and Achievement Team to develop curriculum resources; particularly for PSHE Education that are inclusive and positive about LGBT identities and aim to prevent and challenge prejudice.