Date
19 February 2019

Develop inclusive classroom routines

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Developing an inclusive classroom and curriculum’

Avoid grouping by gender

Avoid grouping by gender

Gender is often used in the classroom as a way to create groups or divide students.

Trans and gender-diverse students can be excluded when this occurs.

Develop safe classroom protocols

Develop safe classroom protocols

Review classroom systems to ensure there is a consistent message that no bullying or harassment will be allowed.

Let all students know that they are protected in the classroom.

Support students by:

  • knowing your school's anti-bullying policy and communicating this to all students
  • responding quickly to any homophobic, biphobic, or transphobic comments and harassment
  • developing confidential classroom systems that allow students to give feedback, share information, or seek help when needed
  • recording gender- and sexuality-based harassment in the school’s harassment log
  • working with all learners to develop and construct classroom expectations and ways of working that respect everyone.

Review and revise binary approaches

Review and revise binary approaches

Consider how you can move away from binary norms as a feature of your teaching.

Classrooms often reinforce perceptions of sex and gender as binary through:

  • identifying “boys” and “girls” activities
  • using gendered systems for choosing groups or lining up students
  • providing only male and female tick boxes
  • using gendered systems for seating arrangements in classrooms and assemblies
  • arranging students by gender for class photos.

Source: Gender Spectrum (opens in a new tab/window)

Alternatives to grouping by gender

Alternatives to grouping by gender

Offer options that support belonging.

When grouping students, consider:

  • grouping students by year group
  • using birthdays, the initial letters of names, or numbering off
  • inviting students to make their own choices.

Source: Making schools safer for trans and gender diverse students (opens in a new tab/window)

Take an inclusive approach to calling the roll

Take an inclusive approach to calling the roll

Check with students 1:1 prior to calling the role, their preferred name and identity.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

How to create inclusive classrooms

Publisher: University of Southern California

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Website

Ten ways to challenge gender stereotypes in the classroom

Read time: 14 min

Publisher: Let Toys Be Toys – For Girls And Boys

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Develop an inclusive classroom and curriculum”:

Return to the guide “Supporting LGBTIQA+ students”

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