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Homosexuality lessons to year 9 HELP!! please

Discussion in 'PSHE' started by mr_mc, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Hiya all
    I'm teaching homosexuality/same-sex relationships to one of my year 9 classes, and it seems to be a struggle to get anything into them. Its only a very small class of 18 but every single one of them is homophobic, apart from one student who is actually 'out' as gay. I have used every resource possible, i've used the 'FIT' DVD from Stonewall, i've used resources of here and i've used my own stuff but they just still have the same attitude it feels like i'm getting no where with them. They even acted this way in front of OFSTED when they came in last week. As anybody else ever experience this in there school or got any advice for me which i could try.
  2. Email me on destinyawaits_1@hotmail.com if you'd like me to send you along the 2 lessons I've written, my classes have responded quite well to them
  3. GodOfBiscuits

    GodOfBiscuits New commenter

    This might not help at all, but from years of debating this sort of thing on internet forums (could i say that and not sound like a geek?) i've learnt that, from a debating perspective, homosexuality is pretty much the same a left handedness.

    It's something that occurs in a small minority of the population. it happens seemingly at random. It's set at a young age. There is pressure to conform with the majority. Society is geared up with the majority in mind. Some people live as if they were the other way if they tried hard enough (to varying levels of success). It has no effect on the content of the person's character, their aptitude towards any task or activity, has zero impact on anyone else's life or happiness and it makes no sense whatsovever to discriminate or legislate against it.

  4. Unfortunately I have to agree with GodOfBiscuits. It may feel too late to try with your yr 9s attitudes (which may be extreme as they may have mixed feelings themselves and are scared, and so they object more loudly... so keep plugging!) BUT starting sexuality lessons from year 7s just through your lesson discourse rather than lesson topic may create a difference in attitudes late on. Even from year 7 I talk about girls friends and boyfriends for boys and girls in lessons without making a big deal of it, so that when they do get older I don't have to have 'the' lesson on L,G & T as it happens in every lesson discretely anyway. Suggesting the differences encourages children to think there is a difference rather than it being normal.
  5. Sorry, I know that doesn't answer your post at all, but may be of some help to others when planning their lessons in future
  6. likegoodwine

    likegoodwine New commenter

    Maybe your pupils need some more basic PSHE first, about tackling topics with respect, sensitivity and openness.
  7. likegoodwine is possibly right - may also depend on how pshe is taught - specialist? form tutor? conscripts?
    our Y10s are so 'whats the big deal? we dont have an issue with this' that we have shortened our Y10 equal opps unit on sexuality this year. but we build right from Y7 being inclusive, so they are used to it. do look at the stonewall guides on all aspects of this to keep your morale up ie its possible to do it and v important to teach about this, as well as being quite depressing stats! its good fun teaching this topic......
  8. Ask the local LGBT group to come in and talk to the kids, best for everyone.
  9. I would be amazed if they actually all were homophobic. It seems like the problem could be expected year 9 pupils to be 100% tolerant and open minded.
    You could try making it a more relaxed atmosphere, get them to think about when they have been unable to do something, either by law (eg drinking, buying cigarettes, seeing 18 rated films) or by pressure (eg being the only Liverpool supporter in a room full of Evertonians, or the only one who hates Twilight). Have them think about the emotions they felt, and what they thought the consequences would be if they acted exactly as they wanted.
    If the whole class is homophobic, as you say, then how is that affecting the one out pupil? I would be very concerned for his/her welfare in that environment. With the student's permission it might be intresting to talk to him about how he/she feels about the pressure to conform.
    The question of conformity is a way of getting the attention of male pupils in particular, I find. They don't want to be seen as being manipulated or influenced, it could be an interesting way of getting them to see being 'out' as being brave and not allowing anyone to stop you being who you are.

  10. Have you tried the resources from School's Out? http://www.schools-out.org.uk/

    There's also a training day for LGBT diversity at Stoke Newington School in London on 14th November. The person in charge (whose contact details are in the link) would also be a good source of information. See http://www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk/news_item?news_id=314

    Good luck!

  11. Have you got any openly gay staff in school? And if so would they be up for Q and A session with your yr9's?
    I've always been very open about my sexuality with all my classes (I'm a maths teacher) and even the most openly homophobic kids freely admit they have no problem with me being a lesbian (although some think I am very disappointingly normal!) They just can't help saying homophobic things when presented with the oportunity.....
  12. yeah i dont have any trouble being out at school either - i do teach PSHE and we have a zero tolerance of 'that's so gay' type comments which is backed up in school policy and sanctions procedures. we intro it as normal part of PSHE from Y7 anyway. takes time but our school doesnt generally tend to here any of those comments any more and if someone is daft enough to say anything, it's stamped on by whichever staff overhear it. quite a few Y7s and 8's just casually chat to me about it in lessons sometimes, and ask about my partner, kids etc in such a normal way. bless them!
  13. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

    Why is this taught in schools? Why are schools now teaching pupils about relationships of any kind?
  14. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

    That does not mean teachers ought to do it. Reproduction should be the limit imo. I do not think it is appropriate for schools to offer relationship advice to children (either hetrosexual or homosexual advice).
  15. Dear Colleague, you may find help with this on www.youthhealthtalk.org and www.teenagehealthfreak.org- 2 sites written by doctors. The youth healthtalk site has a section of young people talking about homosexuality and other matters sexual. Teaching packs based on these 2 websites are being sent out next week to PHSE teachers in all schools hope you find them useful-Ann McPherson

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