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School role models

Our role models come from all walks of life and talk about a range of topics, from coming out to the rights of LGBT people in the UK today.

At Stonewall, we know how important visible role models can be for lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people. School Role Model visits, supported by Heathrow, are a free benefit for all secondary school members of the School Champions programme.

We work with volunteers from different backgrounds, with different jobs and life experiences, who visit schools to tell their story about growing up as an LGBT person.

What happens?

  • A visit usually starts with the role model addressing an assembly, class or selected group of students
  • The role model talks about their experiences of growing up and being LGBT
  • Q & A session follows
  • Sessions normally last about an hour
  • Stonewall School Champions are entitled to one visit per year

School Champions

If your school is currently not a School Champion and you would like to be, please visit the Teacher Training page. 

Get a taste of what a typical school role model visit looks like:

How do I request a role model visit for my school? 

England

If you're based in England, please fill out this form and please be sure to give at least six weeks notice.

Once we receive your request we'll contact our role models to hopefully find a match. Fulfilling a visit request depends on the availability of our volunteers.

If we cannot fulfill your initial request, we'll let you know as soon as possible and try to match a role model for an alternative date.

Scotland and the North East

If you're based in Scotland or the North East, please email education@stonewallscotland.org.uk

Cymru

If you're based in Wales, please email education@stonewallcymru.org.uk.

What happens next?

Once we receive your request we will contact you in the following week to confirm or clarify any details. We will then contact our school role models to check their availability and keep in contact with you in the following weeks to update you on the progress.