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Celebrate Pride Month 2022 with British Army LGBTQ+ student resources

 

The British Army is marking the start of Pride Month by urging secondary school teachers to download its free, award-winning resource, LGBTQ+ Voices. It helps students build upon their understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, including trans rights. The LGBTQ+ Voices aligns to the Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers education, creating a space for discussion of careers and workplaces through curriculum learning. 

LGBTQ+ Voices has been downloaded more than 2,000 times since it launched last year and provides teachers with curriculum links to PSHE or Health and Wellbeing, Citizenship and History. It features both a lesson plan and an assembly with interactive tasks. Together, they aim to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ+ community and help students aged 11–16 understand the importance of diversity and inclusion.

The award-winning resource enables students to explore the contributions of LGBTQ+ Army personnel past and present. It features four fascinating case studies, including Deborah Penny, the first trans soldier in the British Army.

Many teachers feel ill-equipped to answer any questions that students may have around trans rights. It is hoped that LGBTQ+ Voices will play an important contribution to the current debate. By giving students the tools that they need, they can play their part in addressing the inequality and discrimination felt by the trans community. Students will understand why being an LGBTQ+ ally is so very important, even if they don’t identify as LGBTQ+.

LGBTQ+ Voices was developed with teachers and support from the Army LGBTQ+ network. Teachers have remarked how the resources are “rich in information”. They offer “powerful” learning, are “self-contained” and are “simple to use”, especially for non-specialists and those less confident in discussing LGBTQ+ topics.

Lizy Watson, a lead practitioner for teaching and learning at Philip Morant School and College, said: “This resource challenges perceptions, linking modern day inclusion efforts with the exclusion of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history. The materials allow for discussion and reflection within the context of a self-contained presentation, making them well-suited to PSHE and history lessons or assemblies. It’s a powerful and engaging resource, without being overly complicated or time consuming. The links to modern day case studies and well-known historical figures will speak to a range of pupils and provide a unique perspective that can facilitate powerful conversations. As a form tutor myself, I consider this a ‘must use’ resource.”

Major Jennifer Close added: “LGBTQ+ Voices is part of the British Army’s dedication to addressing the inequalities within our organisation. We developed the free resource to help students understand the importance of creating an inclusive and supportive space for LGBTQ+ people – in and out of the classroom. Ethel Mary Smyth and Alan Turing are historical figures we all recognise. LGBTQ+ Voices addresses the selfless contributions of Ethel, Alan and every single LGBTQ+ service personnel. We do hope schools will choose to mark the start of Pride Month by downloading LGBTQ+ Voices.”

Teachers can download LGBTQ+ Voices for free at: https://bit.ly/3MUwfwE

The British Army Showcases the Need for Practical Employability Resources in 2021

The British Army Employability resources give students the support they need in 2021 as they face new obstacles including remote interviews and increasingly competitive positions.

Available for Careers Week 2021, the Employability digital resources for key stage 4 capture everything students should watch out for, from body language to your final statement, as well as highlighting the importance of essential skills they need for the job market, including writing applications and developing interview strategy. The British Army is one of the biggest employers in the UK and with these resources, students can gain a valuable insight into what they look for in a prospective employee.

Employability is set to be one of the biggest concerns for young people this year as the job opportunities become increasingly limited and competitive as a result of the pandemic. These resources offer simple and effective methods for students on how to best prepare themselves for that next big step in their lives. With sample interview questions and scenario briefings that can be used by students both in the classroom or via remote learning.

The resources showcase a range of careers across STEM, Arts and Humanities, from Army Comms Engineer to English Language Teacher, which gives students an idea of the requirements in their chosen profession. The British Army looks at every candidate with a great level of detail and so following their instruction ensures any young person can be fully prepared for a future application.

Major Jennifer Close said: “We know that many first-time applicants are facing obstacles this year and, as one of the biggest employers in the UK, we at the British Army know what to look for in our applications and we’re happy to share our expertise through these Employability resources.”

To learn more about employability, check out the free downloadable resources at: https://apply.army.mod.uk/base/lessons/employability-skills

The Army’s Black History education resources remember Black service people throughout history

These resources recognise Black British, African and Caribbean people’s contribution to the history of the British Army with curriculum links to History and Citizenship.

These Black History digital resources for key stages 3 and 4 include an assembly and lesson plan to help students understand the stories of Black British, African and Caribbean service people who have often been unfairly excluded from the history books and help students consider some of the reasons for and effects of these omissions.

Supported by consultancy from The Black Curriculum and BlackPoppyRose, the assembly resource profiles service people from throughout history, while the interactive lesson resources offer source materials to help students explore the contributions and stories of Black Britons, West and East Africans and Caribbean service people during World War One. The resources also offer examples of the role of Black women in the armed forces and document case studies of a Trinidadian, British and East African (from the Tanzania-Malawi border region) woman during WWI.

These resources also aim to explore the importance of Black History within the wider curriculum. Questions at the end of each resource help facilitate discussions that address the significance of Black History Month and studying Black History more broadly and how this relates to modern discussions on race and diversity, including reflections from current Black soldiers to help build student’s discussions.

Major Jennifer Close said: “We’re very pleased to release these resources for Black History Month 2020. These resources address the important historic contributions by Black British, African and Caribbean service people and help facilitate discussions on race and diversity in the classroom.”

Lavinya Stennett, Founder & CEO of The Black Curriculum said:
“These are timely resources and we at TBC are in full support of knowledge that supports fuller narratives that uncover the diversity within the UK. BASE have done a fantastic job in making this accessible and it is my belief that many audiences will benefit greatly from this learning.”

Selena Carty, Founder of BlackPoppyRose said:
“History has so many layers, we are now exploring a wider narrative to be able to understand the impacts of choices made in the past. These Army Black History education materials are an extremely useful resource to start an overdue conversation.”

The resources are part of the British Army’s dedication to addressing the inequalities within the organisation and raising awareness of the contributions of Black service people both historically and now.

You can download the resources now at: https://apply.army.mod.uk/base/lessons/black-history-month