local government
primary & secondary education
voluntary sector

Promoting Inclusive RSE and LGBTQ+ Education in Schools

local government

primary & secondary education

voluntary sector

08:45 - 16:20

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Central London


This Forum will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss strategies for ensuring LGBTQ+ inclusive RSE education in schools. Policy leaders will share the latest government strategies to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusive content is taught effectively in schools, including initiatives to prevent homophobic bullying and the statutory requirement to teach LGBTQ+ content in RSE lessons. In addition, best practice case studies will share innovative methods for embedding LGBTQ+ inclusivity across the RSE curriculum, promoting a diverse whole school ethos and effectively addressing parental concerns to ensure that schools are inclusive for all.


This Forum is specifically designed for Schools. Typical job titles will include:

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Heads of RSE
  • Heads of PSHE
  • Assistant Headteachers
  • Principals
  • Heads of Safeguarding
  • PSHE Teachers
  • Pastoral Care Leads
  • Humanities Leads
  • Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Heads of Curriculum
  • Heads of Citizenship
  • Health and Wellbeing Leads

The Forum is also open to Local Authorities and the Voluntary Sector in order to encourage networking and debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Ian Bauckham CBE, Advisor to Department for Education on Improving Relationships and Sex Education
  • Mo Wiltshire, Director of Education and Youth, Stonewall
  • Dr Eleanor Draeger, Senior Trainer, Sex Education Forum
  • Joanne Wozencroft, Teacher Engagement and Partnerships Producer and Alex Harris, Content and Commissioning Producer, BBC Teach
  • Andrew Moffat MBE, Assistant Headteacher Pastoral Care, Parkfield Community School
  • Professor Sue Sanders, Co-Chair, School’s Out and Founder, The Classroom and LGBT History Month
  • Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, Headteacher, Anderton Park Primary School
  • Jo Campbell-Taylor, Assistant Headteacher, PSHE/SMSC, Chestnut Grove School


View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Sue Sanders, Co-Chair, School’s Out and Founder, The Classroom and LGBT History Month (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Outlining the Government's Commitment to Improving LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education in Schools

  • Examining the statutory Relationships and Sex Education guidance, June 2019, including the expectation that schools teach LGBTQ+ inclusive content in the RSE curriculum
  • Discussing the mandatory content that schools will be required to teach, including teaching about different families, including LGBTQ+ families,  sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Sharing guidance on how schools can incorporate LGBTQ+ inclusive content into RSE teaching in an age-appropriate way

Ian Bauckham CBE, Advisor to Department for Education on Improving Relationships and Sex Education (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Supporting Schools to Ensure an Inclusive Environment that Meets Pupil Needs

  • Supporting schools to ensure LGBT inclusion and sharing resources and toolkits that can be utilised to tackle homophobic, biophobic and transphobic bullying
  • Highlighting the Stonewall School Champion Award, which allows schools to benchmark their progress in building inclusivity and celebrating diversity, and understand how schools can access this
  • Providing school role model visits, wherein volunteers with lived experiences visit schools to share their experience growing up as LGBTQ+ and answer pupil and staff questions to ensure understanding of LGBTQ+ issues
  • Sharing guidance on how teachers can support LGTBQ+ pupils, such as how teachers should respond to pupils who confide in them, and discussing how parents or carers might respond or should be involved
  • Ensuring that schools are complying with confidentiality and safeguarding standards

Mo Wiltshire, Director of Education and Youth, Stonewall (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Special Keynote: Promoting LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Through an Inclusive RSE Curriculum

  • Understanding how effectively teaching pupils to understand LGBTQ+ issues has been incorporated into new Relationships and Sex Education guidance
  • Outlining the key principles of good RSE teaching, such as ensuring all teaching is positively inclusive and encourages open conversation around LGBTQ+ issues 
  • Discussing how to ensure that inclusivity is clearly reflected in RSE teaching, for example through incorporating learning on LGBTQ+ relationships
  • Sharing resources and teaching techniques which promote inclusivity and teach concepts such as mutual respect and diversity

Dr Eleanor Draeger, Senior Trainer, Sex Education Forum (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Examining the Innovative No Outsiders Programme Which Promotes Inclusivity in Schools

  • Outlining the No Outsiders programme, which teaches children the values of diversity, tolerance and acceptance, including in regards to LGBTQ+ rights, same-sex relationships and gender identity
  • Offering guidance on building an inclusive curriculum which teaches children about the values protected through the Equality Act 2010 in an age-appropriate way
  • Discussing how schools can build a positive school ethos where all pupils and staff feel like they belong
  • Sharing innovative resources which can be utilised to tackle homophobic, biophobic and transphobic bullying in schools and discussing how teachers can identify and respond to such cases of bullying
  • Running parent/child ‘No Outsiders’ workshops in schools to engage parents on the teaching of LGBTQ+ issues and address parental concerns

Andrew Moffat MBE, Assistant Headteacher Pastoral Care, Parkfield Community School (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Taking a Three Tier Approach to Ensuring LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Across the Whole School

  • Outlining Chestnut Grove Academy’s three step approach to promote inclusivity: promoting equality through the school ethos, ensuring equality is represented in the curriculum and engaging the community 
  • Discussing how to ensure that different groups are represented in school life, such as through organising school wide events that promote equality and electing school ambassadors
  • Highlighting how LGBTQ+ inclusivity can be embedded in the curriculum through a range of different subjects, with a particular focus on PSHE and RE
  • Ensuring that all staff are trained on equality issues and able to answer difficult questions that pupils may have
  • Engaging the community in inclusivity by using the school newsletter and public events to promote inclusivity, and working with parents to educate them about LGBTQ+ issues

Jo Campbell-Taylor, Assistant Headteacher, PSHE/SMSC, Chestnut Grove School (CONFIRMED)

Awarded the National Accord Inclusivity Award for Achievements in Health and creating an Inclusive Curriculum, 2016

Awarded Best Practice Status from the National Charity ‘Educate and Celebrate’ for creating an inclusive, LGBT+ friendly school, 2016

Chestnut Grove School is an UNICEF Rights Respecting School


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Developing LGBTQ+ Inclusive RSE and PSHE Resources for Schools

  • Showcasing a range of short films to support teachers in teaching RSE and PSHE, especially around LGBTQ+ issues – including animation, drama, real testimony and factual entertainment – and signposting to how schools can access these
  • Discussing how to strike the balance between keeping inclusive RSE/PSHE films engaging for children and supporting teachers educational objectives
  • Sharing insight into the consultation process for developing BBC Teach films, including RSE/PSHE films and the teaching of LGBTQ+ content

Joanne Wozencroft, Teacher Engagement and Partnerships Producer and Alex Harris, Content and Commissioning Producer, BBC Teach (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Building a Whole School Ethos Which Celebrates Diversity and Prevents Homophobic Bullying

  • Outlining how Woodside High School became the first secondary school in London to win the Stonewall School Champion Gold Award
  • Creating a Student Equalities Group, which ensures that the school culture celebrates diversity, including through training staff on the importance of identifying and preventing homophobic bullying
  • Organising a portfolio of events promoting LGTBQ+ inclusivity during LGBT History Month, such as working in partnership with Stonewall and Diversity Role models to create a film which celebrates LGBTQ+ role models
  • Highlighting the Woodside Shared Values and how they help to create a whole school ethos of diversity, inclusivity and mutual respect

Gerry Robinson, Headteacher, Woodside High School (CONFIRMED)

Woodside High School was the first London Secondary School to win the Stonewall School Champion Gold Award


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Sharing Innovative Resources Which Effectively Embed LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Across the Curriculum

  • Discussing how Relationships and Sex Education resources often fail to reflect diverse identities and the need to ensure that LGBTQ+ inclusive resources are available for schools
  • Highlighting how Ark is reviewing their curriculum at the design stage to make sure that it is inclusive across a range of subjects
  • Working in partnership with a range of experts, including graphic designers, to ensure that the curriculum reflects diversity
  • Offering guidance on how inclusivity can be incorporated into the curriculum, for example through assigning each scientific concept in the curriculum a character which represents the diversity of different identities
  • Sharing innovative resources designed to provide an inclusive curriculum, including graphic artwork designed to represent diverse identities, and discussing how schools can utilize these in their everyday lessons

Lucy Rimmington, Science Director, Ark (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Outlining the Role of Local Authorities in Working in Partnership to Promote LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

  • Examining the partnership between Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire for Learning to develop a collective Hertfordshire strategy to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusivity
  • Working collaboratively with local schools to tackle raise awareness and understanding of LGTBQ+ issues in schools, prevent homophobic bullying and ensure LGBTQ+ inclusive education is taught effectively
  • Discussing the role of local authorities in supporting schools to deliver effective anti-bullying programmes, supporting LGBTQ+ students and embedding LGBTQ+ education across the curriculum

Councillor Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, Hertfordshire County Council (invited)

Hertfordshire County Council and Herts for Learning were ranked third in Stonewall’s Education Equality Index, 2019


Questions and Answers Session


Panel Session: Addressing Parental Concerns and Working Collaboratively to Promote LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

  • Sharing experiences of parental concerns over the teaching of LGBTQ+ lessons and discussing how schools can look to gain the support of concerned parents
  • Discussing how schools can best address parental concerns over the new LGBTQ+ content to be taught in the RSE curriculum
  • Highlighting the importance of schools working in partnership with their local MP and neighbouring schools to promote the importance of teaching LGBTQ+ inclusivity
  • How can schools ensure that parental adversity does not negatively impact the education of pupils and staff wellbeing?

Andrew Moffat MBE, Assistant Headteacher, Parkfield Community School (CONFIRMED)

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, Headteacher, Anderton Park Primary School (CONFIRMED)

Jo Taylor, Assistant Headteacher, PSHE/SMSC, Chestnut Grove School (CONFIRMED)

Councillor Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council (invited)


Chair's Summary and Close

*programme subject to change

According to 2017 research by Stonewall, 55% of LGBTQ+ pupils reported having experienced homophobic, biophobic and transphobic bullying. Despite this, only 21% of respondents recalled discussion of sexual orientation, gender identity or both at school. Of those who did, only 9% felt that this had prepared them well for later life.

The need for LGBTQ+ inclusive education has become more evident in recent months, following on from the incorporation of LGBTQ+ lessons into Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). RSE guidance passed by the government in December 2017 outlined the statutory requirement for RSE to become mandatory in all schools by September 2020. Guidance for the content to be taught in the new curriculum included the requirement for schools to teach about LGBTQ+ relationships, including teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity.

This is in line with the governments’ 2018 LGBT Action Plan which outlines measures put in place to promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the UK. This included the pledge to promote LGBTQ+ inclusive education in schools, including a commitment to update guidance to schools to implement the Equality Act 2010, and £3 million of funding for schools to develop initiatives to tackle homophobic bullying and embed this into the curriculum.

With a number of protests being staged across the UK against the move towards LGBTQ+ inclusive education and homophobic bullying on the increase in schools, it is vital that children and young people are taught the values of equality, diversity and respect. This will require schools to embed inclusivity across the school curriculum, promote a whole school ethos of inclusivity and ensure that staff are trained effectively on diversity and able to respond appropriately to parental concerns.  The onus now falls on schools to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain and ensure that schools are an inclusive and respectful place for all.

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