6. Glossary Of Terms
|ADES||Association of [Local Authority] Directors of Education in Scotland.|
|Bi||Bi is an umbrella term used to describe an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards more than one gender.
Bi people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including, but not limited to, bisexual, pan, bi-curious, queer, and other non‑monosexual identities.
|Biphobia||Discriminatory or prejudiced actions or ideas related to someone’s actual or perceived bisexual orientation.|
|CfE||Curriculum for Excellence, Scotland’s curriculum for all children and young people aged 3-18.|
|CLPL||Career Long Professional Learning.|
|COSLA||The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.|
|Current Parliamentary Term||May 2016 to May 2021.|
|EIS||The Educational Institute of Scotland.|
|Gay||Refers to a man who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards men. Also a generic term for lesbian and gay sexuality - some women define themselves as gay rather than lesbian.|
|GIRFEC||Getting it Right for Every Child.|
|Homophobia||Discriminatory or prejudiced actions or ideas related to someone’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.|
|Intersex||Intersex is an umbrella term which can be used for people who are born with variations of sex characteristics which do not always fit societies perception of typically male or female bodies. Intersex is not the same as gender identity (our sense of self) or sexual orientation (who we are attracted to), but is about the physical body we are born with.|
|ITE||Initial Teacher Education|
|Lesbian||Refers to a woman who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards women.|
|LGBTI||Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Intersex.|
|National Improvement Hub||Education Scotland’s online teaching resource platform.|
|NPF||National Parent Forum.|
|Public Schools||Local authority run denominational and non‑denominational schools in Scotland.|
|Respect for All||The national approach to anti-bullying in Scotland.|
|RSHP||Relationship, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education taught in schools.|
|SCES||The Scottish Catholic Education Service.|
|SG||The Scottish Government.|
|SLS||School Leaders Scotland.|
|SQA||The Scottish Qualifications Authority.|
|TIE||Time for Inclusive Education Campaign.|
|Transgender / Trans||Inclusive umbrella terms for anyone whose gender identity or gender expression does not fully correspond with the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may describe themselves using a wide variety of more specific terms, including (but not limited to) trans women/girls, trans men/boys, non-binary people and cross-dressing people.|
|Transphobia||Discriminatory or prejudiced actions or ideas related to someone’s actual or perceived gender identity or gender expression.|
|VSC / Intersex||There are many Variations of Sex Characteristics. A person may be born with a variation in physical sex characteristics; reproductive and sexual anatomy, configurations of genetic chromosomal or hormonal makeup and/or secondary sex characteristics. These variations may mean that some people’s bodies may not fall within the binary of typically male or female.
There are over 40 variations of sex characteristics and all are congenital (from birth). Though all variations are congenital, they are not always discovered at birth and may be discovered at puberty, when exploring fertility, or for some, may not be discovered at all.
Intersex is an umbrella term which can be used for people who are born with variations of sex characteristics which do not always fit societies’ perceptions of typically male or female bodies. Intersex is not the same as gender identity (our sense of self) or sexual orientation (who we are attracted to), but is about the physical body we are born with.
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