For many young people, finding their identity and understanding who they are can be confusing, isolating and daunting.
Hormonal changes significantly impact moods, physical appearance and emotional needs during the tween and teenage years. In addition, struggling to come to terms with a non-heterosexual gender and sexual identity can be a source of much anxiety.
A supportive school community can help normalise conversations around LGBTQ+ identities and create a safe space for anyone with questions. The Back on Track Teens ‘Supporting and Understanding LGBTQ+ Language and Community’ programme can guide your school community to achieving this.
By the end of the programme, participants will understand the significance of:
LGBTQ+ representation and visibility
Labels and pronouns and their meaning
Stereotypes and homophobia, and how to spot signs and symptoms of abuse
Protected characteristics of equality and human rights
How to interpret the language of the community and feel confident conversing
Did you know that an estimated 1.4 million people aged 16 and over in the UK identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) in 2019? This is a significant increase from 1.2 million in 2018.
LGBTQ+ representation within education is limited. Unfortunately, the topic is still taboo in some households and workplaces, making it difficult for many young people to navigate. Improving awareness and providing a willingness to engage in open conversation offers support within schools to help promote inclusivity.
Living a life pretending to be someone you’re not will feel out of alignment. It could even harm your mental health. Having the opportunity to talk about sexual identity and gender in a safe environment can help people feel more comfortable expressing what feels natural to them. It also helps to reduce ignorance around the topic.
‘Supporting and Understanding LGBTQ+ Language and Community’ is an interactive and practical programme exploring the issues, thoughts and emotions linked with self-discovery, gender and sexual identity.
The content provides participants with the tools and techniques to tackle stigmas and encourages teachers, students and parents to have open conversations about gender and sexual identity.
The programme is designed for teachers and support staff in primary, secondary and further education environments. Coaching is available as one-to-one or group sessions for teachers and support staff. Student group sessions, resources, and outreach support for parents and carers are also available.
All Back on Track Teens programmes enhance your school’s existing curriculum schedule and can be tailored to meet the needs of your school’s current situation and goals. The content supports and empowers school communities to overcome challenges in the classroom and encourages safe collaboration between teachers, students, and parents.
Certified Back on Track Teens training specialists and coaches deliver inclusivity group training and one-on-one coaching for teachers and support workers. Working together to build resilience, confidence and self-worth creates an environment conducive to reducing challenging behaviours and improving emotional wellbeing. A highly engaged, inclusive school community improves staff retention, student attendance and overall performance.
Back on Track Teens offers parent support, student group sessions and practical online resources to enrich all training and coaching programme solutions.
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Back on Track Teens places young people, their parents and caregivers (including teachers and support workers) at the core of its work.
Innovative programmes use a combination of behavioural coaching, emotional support and practical resilience. We provide a creative and safe learning environment to explore honest conversation and encourage individual and group learning. Applying behavioural science to real-life scenarios empowers and supports individuals to discover and build on their natural strengths and talents.
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All Back on Track Teens training meets OFSTED and Care Quality Commission standards. Participants will receive workbooks, email support and access to a huge range of practical, creative and empowering resources.
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