Celebrating Difference: A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion

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Bloomsbury Academic, Sep 5, 2019 - Education - 208 pages

RECOMMENDED BY LORD MICHAEL CASHMAN IN UK PARLIAMENT, APRIL 2019

'Essential and valuable reading for every teacher and school leader.' Peter Tatchell

'A huge stride towards genuine organisational change.' Dr Joseph Hall

'An outstanding book.' Professor Jonathan Glazzard

Celebrating Difference is an inspiring handbook for LGBT+ inclusion, aimed at all primary and secondary teachers and leaders. Written by Shaun Dellenty, internationally celebrated lead in LGBT+ inclusion in education, it is filled with practical advice to enable schools to bring about organisational change to ensure the safety, success, mental health and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.

This ground-breaking book examines the roots and impact of identity-based prejudice in schools, drawing on Shaun's own experiences of homophobic bullying and his subsequent career as a teacher and school leader. The core of the book is based on Shaun's award-winning training programme Inclusion For All, endorsed by the Department for Education, presenting an effective approach to LGBT+ inclusion at a whole-school level. This includes practical strategies to eradicate prejudice, prevent bullying, embrace diversity and improve whole-school outcomes such as attendance and attainment, as well as mindfulness techniques and ideas for INSET training sessions and school assemblies.

Case studies and interviews with pupils and teachers who have experienced the Inclusion For All process and unique research insights from Dr Joseph Hall, University of Leeds, demonstrate how the strategies work in practice. Clear guidance will also enable schools to comply with Ofsted and statutory equality legislation, and help them to teach children about British values, basic human rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Written with warmth, humour and compassion, this is a must-read guide for all teachers and school leaders who wish to promote inclusion, celebrate difference and ensure safer futures for all young people.

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About the author (2019)

Shaun Dellenty is an independent education trainer and inspirational keynote speaker who has been working to positively prevent LGBT+ and identity-based prejudice in the UK education system since 2009. He delivers his award-winning training programme, Inclusion for All, to teachers, pupils, initial teacher training faculties and global businesses. He is an internationally recognised lead on LGBT+ inclusion in UK schools, with particular experience in preventing homophobic bullying. Shaun is currently leading the entire Isle of Man education system through the Inclusion for All programme and also regularly works with Amnesty International. He has written for The Huffington Post, The Guardian, TES, Headteacher Update, Teach Primary and Gay Star News. Follow Shaun on Twitter: @ShaunDellenty.

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