The recent Marriage Equality Referendum debate has raised many issues with regard to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) experience in Ireland: not least among these, are issues that affect education. It has brought attention to many diverse and, at times, very difficult stories from schools. It has highlighted the need for new conversations and insights to be explored concerning equality and inclusion for LGBT pupils, teachers and parents in this country.
The Department of Education, Maynooth University proposes to host a one day event aimed primarily at second level school leaders, teachers, guidance counsellors and other education partners, to explore the ways schools are now creating or seeking to create, a culture of inclusion.
The event will facilitate an open and creative conversation that will enable our partner schools to develop and enhance their policies and practices of inclusion. It will explore the educational, ethical, mental health and legal issues that arise for LGBT people in Irish schools and will involve a range of informative, interactive and practical workshops for second level schools.
The event will be the first in a series of activities being developed by the Department of Education, Maynooth University to encourage and support inclusive practices in schools in light of the recent constitutional and legislative changes in Ireland.