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Equality guidance, school resources and books


Please note that the government is currently developing formal guidance for educational settings on the topic of support for transgender pupils in schools and this page will be updated as soon as that is finalised. Currently there is no specific case law, legislation, or finalised guidance.

Best practice toolkits and resources | Stonewall to help schools support LGBTQ+ children and young people.

Guidance for maintained schools and academies in England on provision for transgender pupils: National Education Union toolkits on trans inclusion.

Allsorts is a Brighton-based youth project that provides a range of support services for LGBTQ+ young people. This includes a trans, non-binary and gender-exploring group and one-to-one support.

LGBT+ equals me – a skip, a hop and a jump

The ‘LGBT+ equals me – a skip, a hop and a jump’ project highlights the little-known history of East Sussex’s LGBTQ+ communities. Young people in the county took part in the project: looking at archives, visiting cultural sites and museums, and recording interviews.

We have produced a Year 9 English scheme of work for East Sussex schools to tie in with the project, which links to the work of Charleston’s Bloomsbury set. This includes an English curriculum resource and slides for lessons.

English curriculum resource [1.0 MB] [pdf]

LGBT+ equals me: slides for lessons [4.4 MB] [pptx]

Race and religion

Race equality guidance for schools [7.5 MB] [pdf]

This guidance helps schools to implement best practice in race equality and the teaching of ethnic and cultural diversity. Developed by East Sussex County Council.

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism charity which produces educational resources. It also offers teacher training and school workshops with ex-professional footballers.

Inter-faith week is held in November. It includes teaching resources for schools to promote understanding about different faiths.

Anne Frank Trust offers resources and curriculum links, using the diary of Anne Frank to tackle prejudice and hatred.

Rights Respecting Schools Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award | UNICEF UK supports schools to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture.

Hate incidents

Hate incident reporting guidance [94.9 KB] [pdf]

Schools can use this guidance to identify, monitor and respond to hate incidents and bullying based on prejudice.


Women's Voice is a not-for-profit organisation in Hastings. It provides art and craft workshops, dance and activities promoting cultural diversity. They also offer speakers and presentations for secondary schools on specific cultural festivals, International Women's Day and women's history.

Violence against women

Women’s Aid is a national domestic violence charity working to end violence against women and children.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) resource pack | GOV.UK features case studies of girls and women who have experienced FGM in the UK. It explains how organisations can raise awareness of FGM in their local area. It also has links to support services that can help people who think they might be at risk, and school resources.

Local groups

18 hours: East Sussex’s regional Development Education Centre provides a range of educational services and tools. These include creative learning resources and bespoke training, to help teachers embed global citizenship and diversity into the curriculum.

Bigfoot Arts Education: Sussex-based arts education organisation which can deliver drama workshops and theatre-based assemblies.

Books that celebrate diversity

Bookstart: a list of books that are useful for discussing disability and inclusive issues with young readers.

Out For Our Children have compiled a list of books for early years and primary school age children featuring same-sex parent families, lesbian and gay characters and themes.

Bookshops and publishers

Where to buy books that represent diversity, particularly cultural and ethnic diversity:

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