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27 Feb
Gender and identity in Boarding
27 Feb 2020 - 27 Feb 2020

Gender and identity in Boarding


Date: February 27, 2020

Venue: Hotel London Kensington, 61 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4PE

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: Boarding staff, Head of Boarding, Deputy Head, Head/Principal


Why should you attend?

This is an opportunity to discuss your legal requirements to ensure your school is adhering to statutory duties regarding the inclusion of gender and gender identity. The session is interactive, informative and encourages the sharing of good practice. Delegates will leave with renewed confidence and numerous resources to start updating policies the next day.



Key learning points:

  • To develop a deeper understanding of sexual orientation, gender and gender identity
  • Curriculum development in all subject areas and key stages, including RSE, PSHE and RE
  • Exploring the ethos of interrogating heteronormativity, encouraging intersectionality in the curriculum through ‘usualising’
  • Developing a personalised action plan and exploration of ‘quick wins’, strategies and resources, for long term and sustainable change.



10 – 10:30 Tea/Coffee on arrival 
10:30         Welcome and Introduction 
10:35          Session 1 – Policy: current climate in your school, and exploring inclusive policies and what this looks like in practice 
                   Session 2 – Curriculum: integrating heteronormativity and cisnormativity, and exploring intersectional approaches to an inclusive curriculum in all subject areas 

11:30        Tea/Coffee 
11:45        Session 3 – Environment: increasing visibility in corridors and classrooms, and adopting new language 
                 Session 4 – Community: engaging teachers and leadership in the process of change and developing student activists to lead on   inclusion 
12:45         Lunch 
13:30         Session 5 – Identity: how to embrace gender diversity in all aspects of school life 
14:30         Tea/Coffee 
14:45         Session 6 – Transitioning: how to successfully support young people and their families through transition at school 
15:30         Close



Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Specifically adhering to The Equality Act 2010, The National Minimum Standards, UK law and school policies and how to implement these policies in a boarding context both in and out of the classroom and boarding life.


Outcomes and resources:

  • EMPOWERED to address the social injustices that exist
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE on current legal developments and best practice
  • REASSURING to others and can provide a safe space for open discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • CONFIDENT to have perceived difficult conversations
  • SUPPORTED through the change process. You will leave with exemplar policies and an action plan of where and how to ensure all your polices are LGBT+ inclusive and more importantly, what this looks like in practice.


Speaker: Dr Elly Barnes, Educate & Celebrate

Elly is an experienced teacher of 20 years and since 2005 has devoted her career to changing the face of the education system by building a future of inclusion and social justice in nurseries, primaries, secondaries, colleges and universities. She develops accessible resources, provides training, gives lectures, pioneered the PRIDE Youth Network and rolls out a robust Award Programme for education and organisations which guarantees positive change.

In 2015, she spearheaded the Educate & Celebrate programme as part of the pilot Anti-HBT bullying project with the Department for Education for which she received an MBE for her contribution to Equality and Diversity in Education. This was followed by an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Aberdeen. Throughout the development, Elly has formed a close partnership with Goldsmiths University of London and together with Dr Anna Carlile wrote a book of all the research from the Educate & Celebrate Programme released in March 2018 called How to Transform Your School into an LGBT+Friendly Place: A Practical Guide for nursery, primary and secondary teachers.


Hotel London Kensington (Melia), Hotel London Kensington (managed by Melia), 61 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4PE, United Kingdom