Angus schools embrace equality scheme

Two of Angus’s secondary schools have engaged in a charter programme designed to support inclusivity and the experiences of LGBTQ+ staff and pupils.
​Montrose Academy is enrolled  alongside Webster’s High.​Montrose Academy is enrolled  alongside Webster’s High.
​Montrose Academy is enrolled  alongside Webster’s High.

The LGBT Charter scheme is a programme which provides schools and organisations with training to challenge prejudice and ensure that equality and diversity is at the heart of the school.

The two Angus secondary education providers have either been awarded charter status or are actively working towards it with the support of the awarding body, LGBT Youth Scotland.

Montrose Academy is enrolled on the programme, alongside Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir, which recently celebrated an upgrade in its charter status.

The programme has now reached 212 of Scotland’s 357 secondary schools, with a further 40 primary schools and 21 colleges and universities either awarded charter status or working towards it.

Ali Kerr, Head of Partnerships at LGBT Youth Scotland, believes that the charter’s reach is a positive step for building a more inclusive Scotland and hopes to reach 75% of secondary schools over the coming year.

She said: “Having two Angus schools working in partnership with us and participating in our LGBT Charter shows that they are playing a key role in creating safe spaces for young LGBTQ+ people in Scotland.

With over half of Scottish secondary schools participating, this represents a significant commitment from Scottish educators to LGBT inclusion.”

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