Workshops for YR-Y9

Currently available in Dorset Schools only

All sessions follow Ofsted, Church of England, PSHE and Rights Respecting Schools Guidelines

Primary workshops delivered by a qualified and experienced KS1 and KS2 teacher.

Secondary workshops delivered by knowledgeable and experienced youth workers.

Workshops are designed to feel positive, comfortable and safe.  Children are always given the option to say nothing and no-one is ever asked a personal question or to reveal anything personal about themselves or their family.

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Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 - Assembly

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  • Read And Tango Makes Three - the true story of a penguin with two Dads (Readings of this book can be found on Youtube)

  • Use pictures to discuss lots of different families including single parent, step parents, living with grandparents, adopted or fostered and same-sex parents.  Value all different families equally

  • Read The Family Book and discuss what families enjoy doing together

  • Sing and sign We are Family

  • 30 minutes

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Y3 - Y4 Assembly

  • Read Prince Henry by Olly Pike

  • Discuss - can two men or two women marry in the UK? - yes.  Is it the same everywhere?  - no.  

  • The king in the book rips up the law that says a prince cannot marry a poor person.  Are there any rules we would like to rip up?  Show different rules to discuss eg Everyone in our school should look the same.

  • Song - Stand Up

  • 25 minutes

Y2 - Class Session

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  • Play game identifying different jobs and discuss if men and women could both do the job.

  • Read story My Mummy is a Farmer or My Daddy is a Nurse

  • Discuss is it OK to play with whatever toys you like or wear whatever clothes you like whether you are a girl or a boy?

  • Song - Be Yourself

  • 30 minutes

Year 3 Class Session

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  • Discuss what a new person in school might be nervous about.

  • Read Phoenix Goes to School and discuss how Phoenix was nervous about being accepted as a girl even though her body suggests she is a boy.

  • Explain that Phoenix is a real person and how her experience is true for some other people too, that it isn't something that happens quickly but is something that someone things about for a long time. 

  • Allow time for questions and to clarify understanding.

  • Discuss how we would make sure Phoenix felt welcome at our school.

  • 30 minutes

Year 4 Class Session

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  • Read I'm Not A Girl  and talk about how Hannah knows she's a girl, even though she has a body that makes people think she's a boy.  She grows in confidence until she is able to explain how she feels to everyone.

  • Explain that some other people feel this way, that it is not sudden but is something people think about for a long time.

  • Allow time for questions and to clarify understanding. 

  • 30 minutes

Year 5 Class Session

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  • Sort the gendered magnetic boy/girl words available on Amazon, to prompt a deeper discussion about gender stereotyping and how there are many ways to be a boy or a girl and all of them are just fine.

  • Read Introducing Teddy and discuss how occasionally someone's body does not match who they feel they are and that's fine. Explain that this isn't sudden, but is something people think about for a long time.  Allow time for questions. 

  • Use the PopnOlly video to explain basic words related to sexual orientation very simply eg Gay means a man who loves or is attracted to another man.

  • Show positive role models of LGBT+ celebrities.  Discuss what an ally is and the importance of Pride to LGBT+ people.  

  • 60 minutes

Year 6 Class Session

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  • Discuss how we can't know everything about someone just by looking at them.

  • Read Call Me Max  and discuss how Max helped people understand that he is a boy, even though his body looks like he is a girl.

  • Explain that this isn't a sudden thing, but is something people think about for a long time.  Allow time for questions and to clarify understanding.

  • Discuss the character, Steven who is a boy who likes wearing dresses.  Clarify how this is different from Max.  

  • Use the PopnOlly video to explain basic words related to sexual orientation very simply eg Gay means a man who loves or is attracted to another man.

  • Show positive role models of LGBT+ celebrities.  Discuss what an ally is and the importance of Pride to LGBT+ people.  

  • 60 minutes

Years 7-9 Class Sessions
(offered post Staff and Ally Training)

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  • Sort and identify key terms relating to gender or sexuality eg gay, bisexual and non-binary.  Ensure understanding of the terms, but stress that people can use terms that feel appropriate for them.

  • More explanation about what trans means and clarification that being a girl who likes traditionally 'boy' things does not make you trans.  Discussion on treating someone who is trans with respect

  • Discussion on the use of 'gay' as an insult term and it's impact on people who are gay or have gay family members or friends

  • Discussion on being an ally and treating people fairly and equally

  • Information on Space Youth Project Youth Groups

  • Information on support in school - Ally Staff

  • 50-60 minutes

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Also available:

  • Support for Student Allies

  • Small group informal chats for students identified by the school, Y6-Y11. 

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KS3 and KS4 Assembly
(offered post Staff and Ally Training)

  • Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ people's rights in the UK from the 1500s to present day

  • Discover specific laws which have affected LGBTQ+ people in UK history

  • Includes mention of laws which still exist around the world, criminalising LGBTQ+ people today

  • Share ideas for how individuals can champion equal rights, with links to Citizenship curriculum.

  • Supportive resources including Timeline PDF and links to further learning

  • 15 minutes