Queer (at) School Archive
A catalogue of survival, joy and connection from & for LGBTQIA+ students, educators & parent/carers in Scotland <3
This is the rolling gallery of open-source contributions to the archive, updated and reformatted weekly. Find out more here.
Dec 2022: I'm Binx, [she/they please] I'm an extremely excitable fool with a love for all things spooky and weird. I live in Scotland and attend my wonderful school with my friends. Also I'm a mega nerd and know many different folklore storys and have a habit to go off on a tangent
These screenshots contain my responses to the questions asked on the archive bit where you write. It will make sense if they send in order. The one in which I mention my phone comes first. Just incase!
June 2022: I'm Jacqui, a graduate who attended high school in Scotland nearly a decade ago, and I am still recovering. Non-binary, white , queer , Jewish and disabled. High school was a minefield. With time progressing, being out wasn't technically dangerous but it made the ordeal a little bit more difficult. Unfortunately not even with simply uncomfortable homophobic class mates or accepting but not respecting teaching staff. Worse was the fellow queers discovering themselves alongside you. Resentment, deep set unlearned attitudes, meant infighting was the norm. You were attacked from all sides. It's fortunate to see out teachers and fluid chill gen z and their already open ideas of gender and sexualities. I have faith in the future, despite the structures of the institute of schooling being inherently against us.
May 2022: I'm Steve (he/they) and am an openly queer and disabled senior leader in a high school in the West of Scotland. I have taught in various sectors and faith schools during my nearly thirty years of experience in education. Currently I work with student and newly qualified teachers, and have the honour to co-ordinate the Diversity, Equalities and Inclusion strategy in the school I currently work in and represent queer and disabled teachers via various Scotland wide working groups.
May 2022: I am Elle (she/her), a mid-twenties, white, lesbian, catholic, music-teaching woman. I work in a, predominantly white, Scottish state school where a large percentage of my young people come from a deprived background.
June 2022: I am David, an Early Years educator in Scotland. I have conducted action research in the field of LGBTQ+ education in early years settings, which provides practical ways of supporting families and implementing such an approach effectively.
This artifact is the features of highly effective practice guide, which I created to support Early Learning and Childcare settings.
May 2022: I am Jamie (she/her), a white middle-class lesbian from Scotland. I studied Primary Education for my undergraduate degree and completed a masters in Applied Gender Studies. I have worked in primary schools throughout my degree on placements and researched LGBT inclusive education in Scottish primary schools during my MSc.
Shown here is is an image of work that a friends class did when she taught them about pride.
I had helped her to understand how best to teach this topic, and it was really rewarding to see understanding put into practice.