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Education for All Conference 2017 Staff Programme

Delegates can choose one session from each group of breakout sessions A, B and C. 

9:00 - Registration and refreshments

10:00 - Opening session

11:00 - Breakout session group A

A1 First Steps: Celebrating difference and challenging gender stereotypes in early years’ education

Early years staff play a critical role in helping children understand the importance of respecting and celebrating difference, and in challenging gender stereotypes. This session will show you how to achieve this in early years’ settings by exploring best practice approaches other staff are taking to create an environment where all children, staff and families feel welcome and able to be themselves.   

  • Gain practical ideas on how to celebrate difference, including different families, and challenging gender stereotypes in an age-appropriate way
  • Learn how staff can be trained to include celebrating difference and challenging gender stereotypes in their work
  • Understand how to address any concerns about this work from parents or other stakeholders

A2 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.

  • 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

A3 Supporting LGBT young people to stay safe online

Social media and the internet gives young people unprecedented opportunities to engage with the world around them and interact with one another. This can be a risk for LGBT young people as it changes the way we view relationships and can develop opportunities for bullying. In order to properly support young people we must understand the risks and benefits of how LGBT young people connect online.

  • Understand the risks that LGBT young people face online and on social media
  • Explore ways that schools are encouraging young people to stay safe online
  • Develop an age-appropriate action plan for your setting

A4 Tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and supporting LGBT young people with special educational needs and disabilities 

Two thirds of LGBT young people with SEND have experienced homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at school. This session will look how both Special Schools and LGBT youth groups support LGBT pupils and how they are tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference with all their pupils, no matter how complex their needs are.             

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

12:15 - Lunch

13:05 - Breakout session group B

B5 Celebrating difference in primary schools 

Primary schools have a critical role to play in helping children understand that difference is something to be respected and celebrated. Best practice schools successfully integrate celebrating difference and diversity into the curriculum and everyday school life. This session will showcase leading work from Stonewall's primary School Champions, demonstrate how to work with local secondary schools, and ways to celebrate different families.

  • Understand how you can celebrate difference across the curriculum
  • Build confidence in developing a whole school approach to celebrating difference
  • Hear examples of how other primary schools have successfully worked with secondary schools 

B6 Creating an LGBT inclusive curriculum in secondary schools 

An essential part of creating an inclusive environment is developing a curriculum and having resources that incorporates LGBT issues, taking things beyond PHSE to make young people feel included throughout their school lives. This interactive session will provide you with the tools to empower all subject staff to embed LGBT inclusion in their lessons with quick and easy ideas to implement, best practice examples from leading schools and the opportunity to develop your strategy. 

  • Hear best practice examples of how to talk about LGBT themes and related ideas to include across the curriculum
  • You will also have an opportunity feedback to an education publisher about how we can work together to create LGBT inclusive resources.
  • Understand why building an inclusive curriculum is important and how it links in with other LGBT work around bullying, celebrating diversity and supporting pupils 

B7 What about the 'B' in LGBT? 

Office for National Statistics research demonstrates that more young people identify as bi than lesbian or gay, yet nine in ten young LGBT people say they have never learnt about bi issues. Many young people see their sexuality as fluid and bi identities include an increasingly broad range of terms. These young people can face a specific set of challenges and stereotypes which impact negatively on their ability to excel. This interactive session will broaden your understanding of bi identities and help identify ways to promote understanding and visibility of bi people in your context.

  • Understand bi identities and gain the confidence to articulate the need for bi visibility and inclusion in your setting
  • Gain insight into the challenges faced by bi young people and the effect this can have on their well-being and attainment
  • Learn practical tips on how to make your setting more inclusive of bi young people

B8 Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing 

LGBT young people are at significantly 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 their mental health and provide ways to support families.    

  • Understand how the experiences of LGBT young people can impact on their mental health
  • Ideas on how to have positive discussions around mental health that include LGBT young people
  • Develop clear strategies for how to help and support LGBT young people  

14:15 - Breakout session group C

C9 Gender variance 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 at a primary level to help prevent HBT and support children who are exploring their gender identity.

  • 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

C10 Supporting trans young people 

Young people have a lot to think about growing up. Exploring gender identity should be a positive experience but it isn’t always easy to know how to best support them to develop and flourish in education. With 1 in 100 people identifying as trans as an underestimation, and 40% of trans young people knowing they were trans 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.

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

C11 Inclusive relationships and sex education 

Relationship and Sex 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 in working towards making your RSE inclusive of issues facing LGBT young people and celebrating different relationships.               

  • Practical tips on creating an LGBT inclusive RSE curriculum
  • Insight into age-appropriate best practice RSE
  • Guidance on boosting teacher confidence in delivering inclusive RSE

C12 Establishing LGBT groups in school 

Many LGBT young people benefit from stronger support networks with peers and we know that anti-bullying initiatives can be strengthened with student-led initiatives. The visible presence of LGBT and non-LGBT students coming together to ensure a school is inclusive creates an environment where everyone is able to be themselves. 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.    

  • 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

15:25 - Refreshments

15:45 - Closing session

17:00 - End