Somewhere, cover the rainbow

Teachers in Scotland are preparing to implement the new government requirement for LGBTI-inclusive education to be embedded across the curriculum. Emma Seith checks out a school in Fife that is already ahead of the curve

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"Oh, you are my destiny; you are my one and only,” sings Lionel Richie softly in the background, as the S3 science class works away. Playing music in class, says chemistry teacher Paul Murray, is one of his trademarks. If his pupils come in “hyper”, he uses music to calm them; if they are lacklustre, he uses it to wake them up and motivate them.

But this is not the only reason Murray stands out among the 90-plus teachers found in the corridors and classrooms of Kirkcaldy High School in Fife. He’s sporting Dr Martens boots with rainbow laces. On his desk flies the tricolour bisexual pride flag ...

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