What you can do

Staff programme

Choose from a series of interactive workshops

This year we have more sessions than ever for delegates to book on to. Each individual can book on to three sessions and will be sent details of how to do so before the event. 

Session A

11:00 - 12:10

1 | Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language in your school

The presence of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) language is strongly linked to bullying. In schools where pupils hear language such as ‘gay’ being used negatively or insults such as ‘poof’, the rate of homophobic bullying is nearly double compared to schools that have sought to eliminate homophobic language. This session will help you to understand the importance of tackling HBT language among young people as well as supporting you to develop strategies to use in your setting.

Learning outcomes:

  • Build confidence in tackling HBT language
  • Hear best practice examples from education experts for tackling HBT language
  • Learn how to develop some practical strategies for tackling HBT language

2 | Setting up LGBT groups for young people

Many LGBT young people benefit from stronger support networks with peers and we know that anti-bullying initiatives can be strengthened by building on student-led initiatives. This session will look at how a peer-led approach can be an empowering and effective way to work with young people on tackling HBT bullying.

Learning outcomes

  • Hear good practice examples of successful LGBT student groups
  • Learn how to involve all young people in these initiatives
  • Consider how experiences developing networks in other contexts might inform group development in school

3 | Celebrating difference in Early Years and primary schools

Early years and primary school staff have a critical role to play in helping children understand the importance of respecting and celebrating difference. This session will showcase good practice on celebrating difference in early years and primary school settings and explore the approaches staff across different settings are taking to create a culture where children, staff and families feel welcome and able to be themselves.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain practical ideas on how to celebrate difference in an age-appropriate way
  • Learn how staff can be trained to include celebrating difference in the work they’re doing
  • Understand how to address any concerns about this work from parents or other stakeholders

4 | Managing the relationship between LGBT inclusion and faith

It can be assumed, erroneously, that there is an irreconcilable tension between a strongly-held religious belief and equality and respectful treatment of LGBT people. In some cases this has meant that faith schools, or schools with large faith communities, have found it difficult to approach issues relating to sexual orientation or gender identity. During this session we will discuss the relationship between faith and LGBT, demonstrating how the relationship between the two can be complimentary rather than adversarial.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how to remain compliant with The Equality Act 2010 in respect of both faith and LGBT
  • Learn practical strategies to ensure your school is an inclusive environment both for those with faith and LGBT students
  • Hear from schools that have successfully managed the relationship between LGBT and faith

5 | Tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) pupils

Two thirds of LGBT young people with SEND have experienced homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at school. This session will look at research focused on the experiences of LGBT young people with SEND and allow you to hear from two Special Schools which are leading the way in the work they are doing to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference with all of their pupils, no matter how complex their needs are.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore the issues facing LGBT young people with SEND
  • Learn practical ideas from leading Special Schools on how to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language, and celebrate difference
  • Understand how to support LGBT young people with SEND

Session B

13:00 - 14:10

6 | Gender difference and stereotyping in primary schools

Gender stereotyping starts from a young age and can have a negative effect on children and young people, leaving them feeling unable to be themselves or vulnerable to bullying or teasing from others. This session will explore practical ways to include discussions about gender roles and gender identity in wider work about gender stereotyping at primary level that will help prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic and gender related bullying.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn practical ways to challenge gender stereotyping in primary schools
  • Hear good practice about how to support and include pupils who do not conform to gender stereotypes
  • Understand how to discuss gender roles and gender identity in an age-appropriate way

7 | Working in partnership to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Schools are increasingly finding creative ways to partner with one another to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and celebrate difference. This might be through meeting training needs, pupil-led activity or engaging with the wider community to inspire others with the work that they have been doing in this area. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the benefits of working in partnership with other schools and organisations in your local area
  • Gain practical ideas from primary and secondary schools on how to inspire others in work to prevent and tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and celebrate difference
  • Explore how to overcome challenges of implementing a partnership approach to tackling HBT

8 | Winning over staff and parents 

Sometimes school staff worry that parents and carers will be resistant to efforts to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. However this is very rarely, if ever, the case. This session will draw on the experiences of schools who have successfully engaged with parents and carers as part of a whole-school approach to tackling bullying and celebrating difference, enabling attendees to go back to their contexts with practical strategies for changing hearts and minds. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Hear successful strategies for winning over staff and parents in work to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • Share learning with colleagues from different school and education settings
  • Have your questions and concerns addressed by our panel of experts and wider group

9 | Promoting positive mental health and well-being among LGBT young people

LGBT young people are at higher risk of suicide, self-harm and depression. This session will look at the experience of LGBT young people and mental health, considering the impact of bullying and discrimination, coming out, and feeling “different” from peers. It will give delegates the opportunity to develop and practice strategies for supporting LGBT young people with mental health conditions and their families.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how the experiences of LGBT young people can impact on their mental health
  • Recognise warning signs that a young person may be suffering from a mental health condition
  • Develop clear strategies for how to help and support LGBT young people and incorporate them into wider work around anti-bullying and inclusion

10 | Inclusive Sex and Relationship education

Sex and Relationship Education should reflect the diversity of the students in the classroom and beyond in order to prepare them for life in modern Britain. This session will support you to working towards making your SRE inclusive of issues facing LGBT young people and celebrating different families. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Practical tips on creating an LGBT inclusive SRE curriculum
  • Insight into best practice in Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Guidance on boosting teacher confidence

Session C

14:10 - 15:20

11 | Supporting trans pupils and students

Young people have a lot to think about growing up. Exploring their gender identity should be a positive experience but it isn’t always easy to know how to best support them or make sure they have everything they need to develop and flourish at in education. With 1 in 100 people identifying as trans as an underestimation, and 40% of trans young people knowing under the age of 11, this workshop will help you to understand the specific areas of support you need to consider for trans young people. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Practical tips on creating an trans inclusive environment
  • Best practice guidance on supporting a trans young person in education
  • Resources to increase teacher confidence in calling out transphobic bullying and language

12 | Creating campaigns to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia  

Stonewall is renowned for campaigns such as 'Some people are gay' and 'Rainbow Laces' changing hearts and minds here and abroad. This session will share our experience with you to support you to tackle HBT language and celebrating difference within education settings. It will include best practice real-life examples from teachers and students who have successfully run initiatives in schools, colleges and universities as well as how you can use Stonewall campaigns to build acceptance for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

Learning outcomes:   

  • Increased confidence in running targeted campaigns in your environment
  • Better understanding of what activity works and how to measure success
  • Increased awareness of Stonewall’s campaigns and their relevance to education 

13 | Going for Gold: take it to the next level in 2016

School Champions can now apply for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. These awards give greater recognition to schools that are effectively tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating diversity. They also enable schools to benchmark their progress and give focus and direction to their ongoing work in this area. This session aims to inspire and empower school staff to do even more and take their work to the highest level.

Learning outcomes:

  • Greater understanding of the stages of applying for an award
  • The impact/benefits of having award status on your school
  • The next steps you can take for your school and how to overcome barriers of gaining an award

14 | Building an inclusive curriculum 

The best schools and colleges know that an essential part of creating an inclusive environment is developing a curriculum that addresses LGBT issues. This interactive session will provide attendees with quick and easy ideas to implement, best practice examples from leading schools and the opportunity to brainstorm and develop their own strategy.

Learning outcomes:

  • Hear best practice examples of how to talk about LGBT themes and related ideas to include across the curriculum
  • Build confidence and learn how to identify opportunities, including cross-curricular
  • Understand why building an inclusive curriculum is important and how it links in with other LGBT work around bullying, celebrating diversity and supporting pupils 

15 | Empowering LGBT staff in school 

Many LGBT staff still feel unable to be ‘out’ at school, with the result that LGBT young people often lack visible role models. This session aims to demonstrate how some schools have enabled their staff to feel comfortable and confident being themselves, and particularly the role of senior leadership in achieving this.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an overview of the challenges LGBT staff face in schools
  • Learn practical strategies to support LGBT staff and create a more inclusive school environment
  • Share best practice and hear from other colleagues with direct experience of these issues

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