The Educate & Celebrate Award
Experienced teachers who transform schools into lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans + friendly places, taking a whole school approach to eradicating discrimination by training staff, updating policies, developing an inclusive curriculum, increasing visibility in the environment and engaging the community
January 2018 - December 2018
Charity information: Educate & Celebrate
There is no compulsary directed training for teachers regarding the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as it is not part of qualified teacher status even though there is Ofsted criteria in all judgements areas for all teachers to fulfil. Our surveys reported that 44% of teachers at all phases were not confident in dealing with LGBT+ students or to include LGBT+ topics within their lessons.
Our project will ensure that the 12% (ONS) of stakeholders who identify as LGBT+ are represented within the curriculum, school and community. Increased visibility and representation will work towards ending the 48% of suicide attempts by young trans people under 26 (PACE) and the 55% of LGB students who have experienced direct bullying (Stonewall), yet moreover create safe educational environments free from discrimination.
To deliver a whole school Award Programme for participating schools to achieve Best Practice status
Activities» Deliver Continuing Professional Development Days for lead staff in all participating schools
» Deliver a staff meeting in each participating school
» Produce and Provide LGBT+Inclusive lesson plans at all key stages and in all subject areas
» Host community events
Through an initial and exit survey which is used for comparative data along with an evidence portfolio
2 lead member of staff are trained to deliver the programme who will continue to lead beyond the duration of the programme with each new cohort
Homophobia, biphobia and transpobia and discrimination as a whole. Through our role of educating we mitigate against these risks by training all staff, including support staff and leadership teams, leading student sessions and providing guidance for parents.
We will produce a portfolio of 'moments of change' from our participating schools.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £20,000 Award Programme 10 schools (£2000 each) in hard to reach areas to participate in the Award Programme
The location will be 10 hard to reach schools in areas of deprivation where their is little of no provision for teachers, students and families
Teachers will be trained to fulfil Ofsted criteria with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity by monitoring homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through a robust anti-bullying policy, an Equal opportunities policy and through Sex & Relationships education. Students will then have access to an LGBT+Inclusive curriculum to ensure representation, knowledge, historical context and understanding
We are perfectly positioned as we are all experienced teachers who have devised the programme through making our own schools LGBT+Friendly, thus have been able to find the most successful, accessible and practical strategies to pass on to schools we partner with. Gaining Ofsted ‘Best Practice’ in 2012 for successfully tackling HBT bullying and ingrained attitudes, our CEO received an MBE for services to Equality and Diversity in Education in 2016 and a Doctorate from University of Aberdeen
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Dr Elly Barnes MBE
CEO who developed the programme, will oversee delivery
Trainer who will carry out in-school delivery