A 2020/21 UCAS report produced in collaboration with Stonewall found that 82% of LGBT students found that lock-down had a worsening impact on their mental health. A further 71% believed the pandemic had had a disproportionate impact on LGBT student and 36% said they felt homo/bi/transphobia had worsened over the past 12 months as evidenced by a rise in prejudicial and hateful language being used online.

UCAS Chief Executive Clare Marchant said of the figures “[the report]… highlights where LGBT students do not have a positive experience in education, this can be linked to bullying or not feeling part of an inclusive environment. We are encouraging schools and colleges to have policies and procedures in place to support LGBT+ students.”

If this wasn’t enough to justify school leaders prioritising LGBT+ support as a matter of urgency, since the summer of 2021 Schools have had their “readiness” to teach the new relationships and sex education curriculum assessed by Ofsted. Failing to teach about LGBT relationships risk a ‘requires improvement’ judgment for their leadership and management In a NEU survey of 2,175 school leaders and teachers more than half of those asked stated that they lacked the confidence to teach compulsory RSE and wider LGBT+ content.

This fully integrated conference will provide a vital life raft, ensuring your schools ability to provide the high quality, well founded and multifaceted support service deserved by your student collective, those both belonging to the LGBT+ community and those for whom comprehensive information is essential.

Bringing together a diverse range of speakers drawing on the knowledge of Professors, Policy Experts, Charity CEO’s, award winning School Leaders and an internationally recognised Ted Talk Speaker.

By attending, you’ll uncover new knowledge, practical strategies and essential advice that will not only support your school’s LGBT+ community but empower it to flourish for years to come.



  • Practical strategies to support the mental health of LGBT+ pupils and those questioning
  • Takeaway action based strategies to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and hate crime, online and in the workplace
  • Develop methods to challenge and dismantle Heteronormativity throughout your school
  • Actions to support trans and questioning pupils through proactive policy initiatives
  • Approaches to prioritising the key educational challenges facing LGBT+ youth today
  • Explore the benefits and execution of unconscious bias training
  • Creative approaches to implementing mandatory RSE
  • Identifying the short and long term benefits of space spaces and GSAs
  • Engaging with RSE resistant parents
  • Gain insight into supporting LGBT+ events, such as LGBT History Month and local/regional Prides,
  • Integrate national campaigning on LGBT+ issues into your curriculum


DATE London | Friday 4 February 2022
  • MAT CEOs
  • Head Teachers
  • Deputy Heads
  • Assistant Heads
  • Heads of Pastoral
  • Heads of Student Support
  • Safeguarding Leads
  • Mental Health Leads
  • Local Authority Youth Leads
  • LGBT+ School Initiative Leads
  • LGBT+ Education Charities
  • GSA Leads
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


KEYNOTE 1: Supporting LGBT+ Pupil Mental Health

Peter Fonagy

Anna Freud Centre

  • Define the unique detrimental effect of the pandemic on the mental health LGBT+ youth
  • Track how isolation and lack of an in-person support network impeded discourse surrounding LGBT+ youth mental health issues
  • Explore practical strategies to buffer against the adverse effects of the pandemic during pupil reintegration
  • Develop a coordinated approach between mental health leads and parents


KEYNOTE 2: Dismantling Whole School Heteronormativity

Dr. Keeley Abbott & Dr. Rachel Abbott

Birmingham & Sheffield Hallam University

  • A deep dive into the nuanced ways in which educational institutions implicitly uphold heteronormative narratives day to day.
  • Forecasting the serious harm caused by such action when left unchecked on the developmental process of pupils.
  • Implementing safeguards to prevent the continuation of heteronormative practices and codifying tactics to dismantle structural examples.
  • Promoting inclusivity from curriculum resources to whole school ethos


KEYNOTE 3: Actions to Support Questioning & Trans Students

Baroness Ruth Hunt

  • Ensuring trans-readiness is discussed in a staff meeting and that every staff member feels supported if they want to ask questions and increase their knowledge. 
  • Acknowledging that there will be trans people within the school community as students, parents, carers, staff and governors. 
  • Ensure trans issues and transphobia are included within the school policy framework alongside LGB equality and sex equality.
  • Use the curriculum and activities such as assemblies to challenge stereotypes based on gender and gender identity.




1A: Key Educational Challenges Facing LBGTQIA+ Youth Today

Nancy Kelley


  • Examine the core issues and concerns for LBGTQ+ students and the myriad ways in which these have been exacerbated by the pandemic
  • Detail the exclusive effects of lock-down for questioning students
  • Develop an action plan that priorities open dialogue and support networks for LGBT+ students and those who may not yet identify
  • Explore focused approaches to reintegrate students into a whole school community that supports and celebrates LGBT+


1B: LGBTQIA+ Unconscious Bias Training

Dr. Helen Turnbull

International Speaker

  • Understanding the difference between change-based and control-based strategies
  • Learning and deriving engagement from employees who identify as LGBT+
  • Trial a range of exercises from countering stereotypes to structuring  your decision making
  • Factoring bias training into your institutions development programme


1C: Developing LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Policies [A Case Study]

Mark Mortimer

Bryanston School

  • Discover Bryanston School’s proactive approach to inclusion and support for LGBT pupils and how it led to being recognised with Stonewall’s School Champion Bronze Award.
  • Auditing current policy in collaboration with all pupils and staff to better understand the perspectives of sexuality and gender identity.
  • The benefits of implementing a staff training session focused on actively supporting LGBT pupils and tackling homophobic language and behaviour
  • Reflective opportunities for pupils and staff upon the experience of LGBT+ young people in the UK through assemblies, displays, talks and the PSRE programme.



2A: Creative Approaches to Mandatory RSE (Ofsted 2021)

Jo Morgan

Portsmouth Grammar School

  • Breaking down the component parts of Ofsted’s updated requirements for mandatory RSE
  • Develop innovative and creative approaches to introduce key topic areas such as same-sex relationships throughout curriculum
  • Foster a whole school embedment of RSE knowledge that presents uniformity when tackling everyday sexism, misogyny, homophobia and gender stereotypes’
  • Pre-empt potential backlash from external criticism towards RSE content and factor responses towards this in planning stages


2B: Coordinating the Creation of Safe Spaces & GSA Organisations [A CASE STUDY]

Claire Miller

Bryanston School

  • Creating safe spaces in collaboration with pupils and staff to draw on multiple perspectives
  • Define the characteristics of an LGBT+ Safe Space and draft these into policy
  • Develop and advertise the GSA with school counsellors and administrators
  • Measures to officially register your GSA


2C: Engaging With Resistant Parents

Leah Jewett

Outspoken Sex Ed

  • RSE resistant parents; the governmental facts that must be communicated during the mandatory consultation
  • Executing RSE content with sensitivity to home based views e.g. religious practice
  • Creating a triangulated approach to RSE between school, parents and pupils to dismantle potential barriers
  • Engaging in open, non-judgmental discourse to highlight the merits of not withdrawing a child from RSE
  • Baroness Ruth Hunt (invited)

Ruth Elizabeth Hunt, Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green is a Welsh administrator who was Chief Executive of UK-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity Stonewall, the largest LGBT equality body in Europe, from 2014 until her resignation in 2019. During this time Hunt produced research into lesbian, gay and bisexual health needs and inequalities, religion and belief and its impact on sexual orientation equality, older gay people’s experiences in Britain.


  • Peter Fonagy (invited)

CEO Anna Freud Centre

Peter Fonagy, OBE, is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. He is Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science and Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London, Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre which aims to transform current mental health provision in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment, bringing together leaders in neuroscience, mental health, social care and education.


  • Mark Mortimer & Claire Miller

Bryanston School

Bryanston was recently delighted to receive Stonewall’s School Champion Bronze Award in recognition of its proactive approach towards inclusion and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils and staff.


  • Keeley Abbott

University of Birmingham

Keeley’s career to date has been characterised by an interest and awareness around issues related to equality, diversity and inclusivity. This is based on her research focus related to sexualities, sexual health and sex education, specifically relating to themes of inequalities, social exclusion and social justice. She has co-authored a number of academic journals including “We don’t get into all that” focusing on school provision for young people’s sexual diversities.


  • Rachel Abbot

Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Rachel Abbot’s main teaching interests are in the areas of social psychology and qualitative research methods, as well as the supervision of research projects and dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has co-authored a number of academic journals including “We don’t get into all that” focusing on school provision for young people’s sexual diversities.

  • Jo Morgan

Portsmouth Grammar School

Best RSE Teacher 2020

Jo Morgan has won the accolade of best RSE teacher 2020, her teaching was described as being delivered with the ‘utmost honesty and transparency’ by a colleague in the school. Her approach to RSE was recognised by students as creating a ‘safety bubble around sex and relationships that has spread across the majority of the faculty and school.’


  • Leah Jewett

Founding Director

Outspoken Sex Ed

Leah Jewett is a founding director of Outspoken Sex Ed, a resource for parents that supports them in their role as their children’s RSE and health educators. Leah brings her writing skills and research expertise to bear on her passion for both empowering girls/women and addressing issues around masculinity. She is driven by an interest in hearing people question things and open up, and particularly focuses on the impact of porn on kids and the interrelationship of pleasure and consent


  • Dr Helen Turnbull

International speaker

Dr. Turnbull is a world recognized Thought Leader in global inclusion and diversity. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of what it takes to create an inclusive environment. Her PhD dissertation research was on stereotype threat,assimilation and internalized oppression across cultures and has unparalleled knowledge on the complexity of inclusion.

  • Nancy Kelley

Chief Executive, Stonewall

Nancy Kelley leads Stonewall, a LGBTQ+ human rights organisation, which is part of a global movement for change. She is working with LGBTQ+ activists here in the UK and around the world, as well as with our partners and supporters. Together, we’re building a path towards the world we imagine, where LGBTQ+ people everywhere are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.