Lambeth Schools: Educate and Celebrate

Following on from Gendered Intellingence the next organisation tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in our schools that we are going to look at is Educate and Celebrate.

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Educate and Celebrate is an Ofsted recognised teacher training and resource programme that gives staff, students, parents and governors the confidence and strategies to implement an LGBT+ Inclusive curriculum to successfully eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia from our schools and communities. This approach has been highly successful Ofsted February 2012.

Focusing on 5 core areas, the best practice programme invites teachers, students, parents and governors to partake in whole school change through training, policy, curriculum, community and environment giving opportunities to reflect upon their experiences.

The programme fulfills the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and Ofsted criteria. We have produced policy guidance for schools including Trans Guidance for teachers, all of which can be downloaded here

‘No young person should be afraid of growing up to be who they want to be and I fully support the aims of the Educate & Celebrate programme in tackling homophobia and transphobia in schools and helping our young people feel happy to celebrate who they are’
Mark Rogers Chief Executive Birmingham City Council

‘The Educate & Celebrate training gave us the confidence to teach about different families, relationships and gender identities in with Ofsted criteria in a fun and accessible way’
A Headteacher

• PRIDE in Primary Education

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PRIDE in Primary Education is a range of resources to help make children’s centres, nursery and primary schools LGBT+Friendly.

The resources and accompanying training will enable teachers and pupils to engage in an LGBT+Inclusive curriculum exploring difference. The book collection, which comes with keywords, learning outcomes and lesson ideas, can be used through the language and literacy strategy, in your school library and for parent groups and can be downloaded here

You can also SING-A-LONG with Educate & Celebrate with our action songs to accompany the books and download our LGBT+Inclusive lesson plans for Early Years, Key stage 1 and 2 here (

‘The books and the imagery highlight and celebrate the diversity of family life, they gave us the confidence to challenge stereotypes and the ability to discuss LGBT issues as they occur in our school’
Primary School Inclusion Manager

‘I am proud to be part of this project and proud that Birmingham found Educate & Celebrate to lead this groundbreaking work’
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson Headteacher Anderton Park School

• PRIDE in Secondary Education

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PRIDE in Secondary Education is a range of resources to help make schools and colleges LGBT+Friendly.
The resources and accompanying training will enable your students, teachers, support staff, parents and governors to create an LGBT+Inclusive curriculum and environment.
The book collection, which comes with keywords and themes fit perfectly in the fiction section of your school library, add value to English lessons and can be used for reading groups and a stimulus for display. You can download the booklist here

You can also download out LGBT+Inclusive lesson plans in all subject areas for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 here (

‘The whole principle of Educate & Celebrate has influenced everything in our school life, we have changed our vision statement to reflect it, there are rainbow touches throughout the school!’
A Headteacher

• PRIDE Youth Network

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Pride Youth Network is a guide for staff, students and Universities with step-by-step instructions on how to engage young people in whole school change. You can download the guidance here

The guide suggests ways in which young people, with help from a staff member, can mobilise and initiate campaigns, raise awareness, increase visibility, hold celebrations, talk about their own experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity, engage with students, staff, parents, governors and take part in local and national events.

‘We all have the right to be ourselves in school, I will not be scared away from the issue anymore in my school – thank you!’
Year 9 student, Nuneaton

‘We think we are socially aware young people but LGBT issues are avoided, hopefully this will change the more we are heard’
Year 10 student, London

• Training

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The Educate & Celebrate teacher training and resource programme will inform you of school and government policies and demonstrate how teachers can successfully incorporate diversity into lesson plans in all subjects at all key stages. You will experience tried and tested lesson plans, ideas for assemblies, effective use of language and leave with the confidence to implement an LGBT+Inclusive curriculum that best fits your school to make the environment LGBT+Friendly.

You can access the training by:

• Contacting to secure a date to deliver whole staff training in your school

• Register for a 1 Day CPD course here (

• Register for the 12 month Best Practice Programme to become an Educate & Celebrate school. Contact

‘That’s the best inclusive staff INSET I’ve had in 20 years of teaching’ Lorraine Thompson Assistant Head at Scott Wilkie Primary School

Registered charity 1159367

For further information about Educate and Celebrate contact

Other organisations tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and harrassment in schools include;

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Youth Provision in Lambeth

METRO Charity is a leading equality & diversity charity, providing health, community & youth services across London & the South East.
In Lambeth, METRO are funded by the Young Lambeth Cooperative to provide free and confidential services for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and those questioning their sexuality or gender) young people.

This includes

– A weekly youth group for LGBTQ young people aged 13 – 19. This provides a safe space for young people to come together and take part in range of workshops and activities. It runs as a ‘closed group’ so members meet first with a youth worker before joining. Young people can self-refer or be referred to the group.

– Free workshops for Year 9 students in Lambeth schools which aim to increase awareness of sexuality and gender identity, explore stereotypes and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

– Free training sessions for staff working in Lambeth secondary schools. These sessions aim to increase awareness of the needs of LGBTQ young people and increase confidence to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia to provide a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all.

Both staff and student workshops can be tailored to best meet the needs in individual schools.

For more information and to make referrals please contact;

  • Sarah Rowlinson,
  • Southwark and Lambeth LGBTQ Youth Coordinator
  • / 020 8305 5004 ext. 129.

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