Date
17 June 2019

Create safe, inclusive environments with students

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Design inclusive school-wide systems and processes’

Seek diverse perspectives

Seek diverse perspectives

Young people discuss their experiences of school and reflect on how to create spaces where we all belong.

Engage students as partners

Engage students as partners

Student-led groups can provide advice and guidance on the development of supportive and inclusive environments.

Groups could include:

  • diversity groups
  • Queer Straight Alliances
  • peer sexuality support groups
  • lunch forums and discussion groups
  • school health councils.

Source: Health and Physical Education Online (opens in a new tab/window)

Acknowledge expertise

Acknowledge expertise

Recognise the expertise of LGBTIQA+ young people through:

  • building the capacity of LGBTIQA+ young people to contribute to school-wide events and decisions
  • seeking student feedback on issues and ideas
  • creating opportunities to seek student perspectives
  • including students in school reviews
  • inviting representation on the student council
  • developing inclusive schooling and anti-bullying policies in partnership with students.

Plan environments together

Plan environments together

Involve students in decisions about learning spaces.

Discuss how to support both learning and wellbeing.

Introduce students to UDL

Introduce students to UDL

UDL is a framework for planning for diversity.

Introduce the UDL thinking cycle to students. It always starts with "Who are the people and what do they bring?"

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Supporting LGBTI young people in New Zealand

Read time: 18 min

Publisher: Ministry of Social Development

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Affirming diversity of sexualities and gender identities in the school community

Affirming diversity of sexualities and gender identities in the school community

Read time: 36 min

Publisher: New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Design inclusive school-wide systems and processes”:

Return to the guide “Supporting LGBTIQA+ students”

Guide to Index of the guide: LGBTIQA+ students

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