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23 Apr
Gender and identity in Boarding - policy planning
23 Apr 2020 - 23 Apr 2020

Gender and identity in Boarding - policy planning


Date: April 23, 2020

Audience: Boarding staff, Head of Boarding, Deputy Head, SMT/SLT, Head/Principal, Governor



Why should you attend?

Relating to Gender and identity in boarding, the focus of this seminar will be on ensuring your school is adhering to government legislation, school policies and the National Minimum Standards around the inclusion of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. During the seminar, the group will work together to look at updating key policies on anti-bullying, equal opportunities, inclusion, safeguarding, uniform and see examples of what LGBT+ inclusion looks like when moving from policy and into practice.



Special attention will be paid to increasing visibility in the environment, how students can be effectively engaged in the process, adopting gender inclusive language and how the curriculum can be used successfully as a vehicle for whole school LGBT+ inclusion.

There will be time for discussion with colleagues, and time to formulate a step by step action plan on how to plan whole school interventions in the areas of training, policy, curriculum, environment and community.



  • Policy: updating key policies relating to gender and gender identity
  • Curriculum: increasing visibility and understanding throughout the curriculum
  • Environment: increasing visibility and adhering to recommendations and legislation
  • Community: engaging everyone in a cultural change, moving from policy to practice.


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.


Virtual day seminar