Outnews is reporting that primary school deputy headteacher Shaun Dellenty endured years of being bullied as a gay teenager, but the experience inspired him to promote inclusion.
After 15 years of witnessing school staff unable or unwilling to prevent LGBT+ bullying, Shaun devised Inclusion For All. It’s pioneering training has featured in the national press and on television, reaching 8,700 school staff with 98% of delegates rating IFA training outstanding.
Over Christmas 2010 Shaun wrote the Inclusion for All (IFA) teacher training program, using his experiences as a bullying survivor and a school leader. The training increases confidence amongst school communities and helps shift a school’s culture and ethos to promote LGBT+ inclusion.
He has now been honoured for his work with a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister which was presented to him at Downing Street last night.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Shaun’s anti-bullying programme ‘Inclusion for All’ is having a fantastic impact on increasing awareness of homophobia in schools. By equipping teachers to speak to children about these issues he is helping to make sure future generations will not face the prejudice that he and many others in the LGBT community had to endure. I am delighted to recognise Shaun as the UK’s 529th Point of Light.”
Shaun said: “I am heartened that this potentially lifesaving work is being recognised at the highest level and I trust this sends a clear message to all our school leadership teams that all of our amazing young people have a right to be safe and successful in our schools, regardless of identity or orientation; there can be no exceptions. Diversity without inclusion for all leaves young people vulnerable and until schools are safe spaces for everyone my work will continue”.
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