RUTHERGLEN MSP BACKS PLANS FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

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RUTHERGLEN MSP BACKS PLANS FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

MSP for Rutherglen Clare Haughey has given her backing to proposals that will deliver a more inclusive education system by improving the experiences of LGBTI pupils.

Since last year, the Scottish Government have been working closely with the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) Campaign to promote an inclusive approach to sex and relationships education, while tackling LGBTI bullying and discrimination in our schools.

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary, John Swinney MSP, last week (8th November) confirmed the Scottish Government will fully accept the recommendations of a report by the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group, who were tasked with taking the TIE pledges forward.

The report outlines 33 recommendations on how the learning experience of LGBTI young people in Scotland can be improved. A team has been charged with implementing the proposals by the end of the current Parliamentary term.

We reported last year that Father Paul Morton of Saint Bride’s Parish Church in Cambuslang was the first representative of the Catholic Church in Scotland to back the campaign, for which he was widely praised.

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has also been a supporter of the campaign.

Commenting, Clare said:

“Today marks a historic milestone in the ongoing drive for equality across Scotland. I am proud to stand in solidarity with our LGBTI community to ensure young people throughout Rutherglen and Cambuslang receive the inclusive education they deserve.

“During Scotland’s Year of Young People, it is fitting for this Scottish Government to send a strong message of inclusivity, tolerance and respect to younger generations.

“The Scottish Government is clear that any form of bullying or discrimination in our society will not be tolerated.

“I am proud that Scotland consistently tops international rankings for performance on LGBTI rights. And I will continue to push for equality in Rutherglen and Cambuslang and throughout Scotland.”

ENDS

Notes:

Rutherglen Reformer column on Father Paul Morton can be found here: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/cambuslang-priests-welcome-lgbti-goes-10869505

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP supporting the campaign:

TIE Pic

 

Date published: 9th November 2018

 

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