On Thursday 8th & Friday 9th December we welcomed Diversity Role Models back into the Warren School to deliver another 2 days of their outstanding workshops. DRM are an equalities and anti-bullying charity that focus on LGBT issues and do this through a combination of education, getting students to meet members of the LGBT community, listening to their stories and asking them questions. All of the role models are volunteers who gave up their time for free to come in and speak to our young people. Last academic year we worked with them extensively with them as they provided training for our year 9 students, all staff, some of our governors and consulted on our policies. They were extremely impressed with how far our students and school have come since their last visit. It was lovely to hear their role models say how safe and welcomed they felt not just by the staff and students but by the displays and atmosphere in the school.
This year they worked with the entire of year 9, 60 sixth formers and our ARP/SEN students across all years. The sessions were well received and the feedback from the students was excellent. Our students are extremely open minded and we have worked hard to build a culture of acceptance of difference, respect and individual liberty within the school. It was fantastic to see that this put into action when around 75% of our students said they would support a friend if they came out as LGBT at the start of the session, raising to near 100% by the end of the session. In addition to this 97% of students who attended the sessions have pledged to stop using homophobic, biphobic or transphobic language. The school equalities committee will be continuing this message in the New Year with a student campaign and we hope to keep building momentum to ensure that everyone is able to feel happy, respected and accepted regardless of difference.
“Thank you so much for coming and sharing your story with us, you are truly inspirational and I will never forget your message” – 2 year 9 students to a role model
“Simply not using homophobic, biphobic or transphobic language is not enough, we need to go further so that we are not just not using this language but we are also challenging others when we hear them use it. If you hear something and say nothing then you are part of the problem rather than the solution” – Year 12 student during a session.
“If as West Ham fan I can be friends with a spurs fan then why would I even care if my friend is gay?” – ARP student
“I think that was one of the best sessions I’ve ever seen! Your students were so engaged, passionate, articulate and educated on LGBT+ matters”. – Gemma Curtis, Head of Education for Diversity Role Models.
If you would like more information on DRM please see: www.diversityrolemodels.org
More information about our student led campaign will be out in January.
Head of PSCHE