It's easy for schools to say they're against bullying of all types, especially homophobic bullying. But some educators genuinely know what the terrible effects of such prejudice really are. The inimitable Shaun Dellenty is one of them.
Now a world-renowned and award-winning LGBT+ and inclusion advocate, Shaun suffered in silence both at school, growing up, and at work for being homosexual. But his story, from rejection, abuse, despair and near suicide to his same-sex wedding in the Houses of Parliament and being feted by governments, companies, organisations and the media for his passionate work on inclusion for all, is a success story that needs to be heard.
And it's a story that all schools will benefit from as Shaun shares the many practical strategies and insights from his life and career as a successful primary teacher, SLT member and more recently highly sought-after educator, speaker and campaigning advocate.
The one thing we know about bullying is that when a school says it doesn't have any, it's because they're not looking hard enough. With Shaun's help schools can identify what really is happening and take meaningful, practical and positive measures to move beyond ignorance and abuse to genuine inclusion.
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Feedback from recent events include:
"Shaun Dellenty is an inspiring LGBT hero to many... He has made a huge difference to so many children and adults in in schools and communities around the country."
"He has a real gift for communicating the vital necessity of building inclusive schools and the high price of failure in young people’s lives."
"Highly inspirational. Changes the mind set of many people once you’ve heard him speak. Every school and work place needs to hear Shaun talk and maybe, just maybe the future may be more rainbow!"
"I was blown away by his positivity and ability to inspire others."
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