Primary Schools

GLEN supports primary schools to ensure a welcoming and positive school climate that respects difference and diversity. GLEN provides inputs and training at school staff level, at conferences, workshops and at initial and continuous teacher education opportunities.

L-R. Sheila Nunan, INTO General Secretary, Minister for Education & Skills Jan O'Sullivan & GLEN Director of Education Policy Sandra Irwin-Gowran at the Clock Tower at the Department of Education and Skills at the lanch of 'Respect' resource for primary schools - February 2015.

GLEN was on the Department of Education & Skills Anti-Bullying Working Group which developed the National Action Plan on Bullying. One key action was the updating of the Department of Education and Skills Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

The new Department of Education and Skills Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools are based on the principle that a welcoming and positive school climate is the optimum environment not just to prevent bullying but also to  encourage respectful relationships across the whole school. In primary schools diversity relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity is becoming more visible and resources are being developed to support this.

Resources for Primary Schools

There are a number of resources to support the whole primary school community:

  • Respect was produced by GLEN and the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO).  The teachers' resource provides information on the Department's Anti-Bullying Procedures in the context of homophobic and transphobic bullying and a wide range of ideas for the classroom, the playground, the staffroom and guidance on policies and programmes.
  • Lesson plans for use with junior infants to 6th class using picture books to link to key themes in Social, Personal and Health Education. 
  • The INTO LGBT Teachers' Group have developed a number of resources for teachers to support them in creating a positive school culture. These downloadable and interactive resources can be accessed directly through the INTO website using the link above, they include:

- A poster resource for use in SPHE on the theme of 'Different Families: Same Love'; ideas for classroom activities based on class year; lists and descriptions of picture books.

- Good practice guidelines for the staffroom with an accompanying short video.

 

Downloads
  • Respect: Guidelines for Primary Teachers in Addressing Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying

    WWW.GLEN.IE

    This resource supports the implementation of the Department's Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools by providing practical suggestions for how teachers can address homophobic and transphobic bulllying and include LGBT issues with a view to encouraging respect.
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  • All Together Now Booklet

    WWW.GLEN.IE

    All Together Now Booklet- GLEN was on the advisory group for the creation of this publication.
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  • All Together Now Lesson Plan

    WWW.GLEN.IE

    All Together Now Lesson Plan - GLEN was on the advisory group in the creation of this publication.
    | 2086 kb | Download

  • All Together Now Research Report

    WWW.GLEN.IE

    All Together Now Research Report - GLEN was on the advisory group for the creation of this publication.
    | 2742 kb | Download

  • Different Families - Picture book lessons

    WWW.GLEN.IE

    Teachers use story, books and discussion everyday in Irish primary school classrooms, covering a multitude of themes and topics. This resource and its use of picture books tap into that culture and give teachers and schools an opportunity to bring visibility to the different types of families in Ireland today. Use of this resource is simple and straightforward, acting as stand alone lessons as well as offering opportunities for further development and integration across the curriculum. The spiral nature of the set of lessons allows for the development of concepts, knowledge and understanding of different families as children progress through primary school through guided discussion.
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  • Different Families - Same Love Poster

    WWW.INTO.IE/LGBT/EDUCATIONALRESOURCES

    The poster aims to stimulate conversation about LGBT people and families in a safe learning environment and encourage correct and positive language around LGBT people and families. This teaching resource can be used by all class teachers as an additional preventative strategy to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying.
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