Who are TIE
Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) is Scotland’s multi award winning LGBT Inclusive Education charity. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people can often experience prejudice and bullying at school, and so can young people who are thought to be LGBT by others, or have LGBT parents or siblings.
The charity was founded by Jordan Daly and Liam Stevenson in 2015. They wanted to make sure that LGBT young people did not continue to experience bullying at school and were able to learn about their history and see role models in their education. The team at TIE believe that education is the most powerful tool to tackle prejudice in wider society, and they work with schools to address this through a proactive educational approach – supporting teachers to include LGBT history, role models and equalities in their curriculum, as well as helping young people to understand the impact of stereotypes, prejudice, and bullying.
What TIE do
Thanks to the work of TIE, in 2018 Scotland became the first country in the world to bring forward LGBT Inclusive Education in schools. The charity provides teacher training programmes, pupil workshops, and produce curriculum resources in partnership with teachers to help schools deliver LGBT Inclusive Education in order to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. This means that school pupils will now learn about diverse families, like same-sex parents, as well as the contributions of historical figures from the LGBT community – like Alan Turing, the WWII codebreaker, or Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel to space.
93% of school pupils who participated in TIE’s school sessions had a stronger understanding of the impact of bullying and prejudice, and – in their own words – learned, for example, that “it’s ok to be LGBT and you shouldn’t be scared to tell anyone” (S1 pupil) and “using homophobic language can create a negative environment unintentionally” (S4).