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Director of Education and Youth

The Education and Youth team

The Education and Youth team works to bring about lasting change to education institutions and wider children and young people’s services. The team empowers young people to campaign and lead positive change for LGBT people in their communities, and to create LGBT-inclusive environments that are free from homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. We work with staff and students from primary schools, through the education pipeline, and in to the world of work. Outside of the school environment the Education and Youth team works with organisations who support children and young people, from mental health service providers to apprenticeships providers. We manage Stonewall’s wider youth communications and events (such as Youth Pride events) and work across Stonewall to develop empowerment programmes for people working with or supporting young people across the country.

Director of Education and Youth role description

LGBT young people are at a higher risk of being left behind by society – at home, in their community, by employers, in their school and by the public services they access. Stonewall’s vision is that all children and young people’s services are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to support LGBT young people, and to provide services that meet their needs.

We are in the first year of implementing a new five-year strategy for our education and youth work. We are seeking a Director of Education and Youth with experience and skills in strategic leadership and programme management, who’s committed to LGBT inclusion for children and young people. The successful candidate will lead the implementation and continuous development of this strategy. 

They will support existing Stonewall schools and youth programmes, as well as expanding and extending them to support LGBT young people who are not in education, employment or training, and other influential agencies and individuals who work with young people. This includes but is not limited to social workers, key workers, GPs, foster carers, faith leaders, apprenticeship providers, employers, vocational training providers and youth workers.

Finally, they will be responsible for developing a sustainable income stream to support this work, to ensure that Stonewall can continue to improve experiences for LGBT young people.

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