BeLonG To will be offering free advance training for teachers in late March 2015, ahead of the organisation’s annual ‘Stand Up’ awareness week against homophobic & transphobic bullying, which takes place from the 20th to 24th of April. These workshops are in response to requests for training that the organisation received during the recent evaluation of Stand Up!
These training sessions may be of interest to teachers and other school staff, who might be interested in the topic of training such as Guidance Counselors, SPHE Coordinators and Teachers, Pastrol Care Teams, Anti-Bullying Coordinators, School Chaplains etc.
Why do we need Stand Up?
Stand Up! Awareness Week takes place in post-primary schools throughout Ireland. It aims to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying by increasing friendship and support for LGBT students by other students, and raising awareness of LGBT youth issues.
Stand Up! was recommended for funding in the Department of Education’s Action Plan on Bullying, which said:
“In light of the identified need to combat bullying against LGBT young people or young people perceived to be LGBT, DES should support the Stand Up awareness campaign.” (DES Action Plan on Bullying, 2013, p. 111.)
And, the DES Anti-Bullying Procedures include the following points:
- LGBT students are among the ‘more vulnerable pupils’ (p. 14.)
- Prevention should specifically address homophobic and transphobic bullying (p.6.)
- Positive school climates (pp. 21-27) should be encouraged by, e.g. ‘open dialogue’ across school communities, awareness-raising, and ‘specific statements of welcome and respect for LGBT members of the school community’ (p. 26), etc.
What Stand Up! training sessions will offer
BeLonG To is happy to offer these training sessions in response to feedback on previous Stand Up! campaigns. Teachers asked BeLonG To for more training around supporting their LGBT students and having safe and inclusive schools. The training’s will be delivered by senior staff from BeLonG To and will offer:
- A chance to increase your confidence in tacking and preventing homophobic and transphobic bullying.
- A chance to better equip yourself with skills to support LGBT students.
- Insights into the challenges faced by LGBT students.
- A chance to increase your confidence in developing anti-bullying policies that address homophobic and transphobic bullying.
- Ways to implement Stand Up in your school.
- Small-group discussions.
- Opportunities to ask questions.
- Contact details for further information.
- Copies of useful print and DVD resources.
Tá áthas ar BeLonG To a fhógairt go mbeidh an pacáiste oideachais ‘Seas an fód’ ar fáil i nGaeilge. (Cuirfear an pacáiste sa phost chugat i mí Feabhra 2015). Tá brón orthu nach féidir leo seisiúin oiliúna a chur ar fáil trí Ghaeilge.
Feedback from previous BeLonG To trainings:
“The training surpassed my expectations – excellently presented with wonderful insights.”
“All our questions were answered with wonderful knowledge and insight.”
“The training gave me greater confidence that I am delivering the correct information to teenagers and in the future I will have more ideas on what to do/say.”
“The trainer really explained the issues we wanted to talk about.”
“I really enjoyed the training and feel I could deal more appropriately if confronted with LGBT issues or instances of homophobic or transphobic bullying.”
“One of the best workshops I have attended! I feel I have gained so much that will help me in my work with students.”
“The training more than met my expectations. I have received training from BeLonG To before and I am amazed to have learned so much more.”
“I really enjoyed the training – time well spent.”
Find a Stand Up! training session near you:
Athlone – Monday 23 March 2015, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Athlone Education Centre, Moydrum Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Cork – Wednesday 25 March, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Cork Education Support Centre, The Rectory, Western Road, Co. Cork
Donegal (in partnership with HSE West Health Promotion) – Tuesday 24 March 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm, St. Conal’s Campus (in The Vestry), Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Dublin (Drumcondra) – Thursday 19 March 2015, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Drumcondra Education Centre (St. Patrick’s College), Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Dublin (Blackrock) – Monday 23 March 2015, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Dublin West – Wednesday 25 March 2015, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Dublin West Education Centre, Old Blessington Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Galway – Thursday 19 March 2015, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Galway Education Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Wellpark, Co. Galway
Limerick – Thursday 26 March 2015, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Limerick Education Centre, 1stFloor, Marshall House, Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick
Waterford – Tuesday 24 March 2015, 4:30-6:30pm, Waterford Teachers’ Centre, Newtown Road, Waterford
BeLonG To are looking forward to seeing you at a training session. The team will be sending Stand Up! Educational Packs to you in February 2015, and would be delighted if you and your school would take part in Stand Up!