Shaun Dellenty is the Deputy Headteacher of Alfred Salter Primary School in London, a school widely celebrated for its inclusive practice. In addition Shaun has worked previously as a seconded improving schools consultant and he now serves as a part time equalities consultant, in addition to his full time role as a school leader.
A survivor of sustained homophobic bullying as a child (which resulted in him walking out of state education back in 1987) Shaun remained ‘closeted’ as a teacher until 2009. In November 2009 Shaun’s own school found through pupil voice that 75% pupils within school and without in the Bermondsey/Rotherhithe locality were being subjected to daily homophobic language or abuse or were hearing the word ‘gay’ being used as a pejorative term. In response to this data Shaun ‘came out’ to his whole school community and founded 'Inclusion For All', a small not for profit charitable organisation which aims to effect organisational change in communities, schools, faith schools and other educational contexts. Inclusion For All aims to inspire and empower individuals and organisations to pro-actively prevent prejudicial language and bullying based upon sexual orientation, transgender, heritage or individual identity. It also aims to empower schools wherein every stakeholder can safely be successful and authentic,
Such was the rapid success and interest in Shaun’s story and IFA work, Shaun has now supported or spoken across a huge range of schools, teacher training establishments, faith schools, local authorities and anti-bullying organisations including; Amnesty UK, Stonewall, National College of Teaching and Leadership, NSPCC, Kidscape, Open University, Liverpool Hope and John Moores Univerities, London South Bank, Institute of Education, Hull University, University of Greenwich, House of Commons and many more. In addition to school based training sessions Shaun also speaks on radio and television and at hate crime and anti-bullying conferences, TEDx, national LGBT Pride events and LGBT history month events both in the UK and abroad. In 2014 alone Shaun had invitations to speak to audiences in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Hungary and Armenia.
Shaun runs popular one day training days a year at his own school (Alfred Salter Primary School in South London) to empower other schools to pro-actively foster good relationships between diverse groups and to prevent homophobic bullying- thus meeting their moral, statutory and OFSTED expectations. In 2013 Inclusion For All was awarded the Southwark Good Practice Award by the mayor of Southwark.
Shaun also leads ‘pop up’ regional versions of the IFA training days around the country with recently arranged events in Brighton, Liverpool, Gateshead, Birmingham, Hull and Devon.
Shaun's work has been the feature of articles in the Times Educational Supplement, Leadership Focus, LDR Magazine, Teach Primary and many more. He has also many written articles for Teach Primary magazine, Guardian Educational, Gay Star News, LDR magazine and others. In 2012 and 2013 Shaun was nominated onto the Independent on Sunday 'Pink List' of the 101 most influential LGBT people in the UK. In 2013 and 2014 he was nominated for the Royal Air Force 'LGBT Inspirational Role Model Award' by Square Peg Media. In 2013 and 2014 Shaun was nominated as 'LGBT Inspirational Role Model' at the National Diversity Awards and Inclusion For All was nominated for the 'LGBT Community Group' award. Shaun has also been nominated ‘Unsung Hero In Education’ at the 2015 Excellence In Diversity Awards. In 2013 and 2014 Shaun was invited to help judge the Amnesty International Young Journalist of the Year Award. In June 2013 and 2014 he returned to his old secondary school in Leicestershire to speak about growing up gay being bullied and his IFA work.
In Autumn 2014 Shaun’s work will be broadcast nationally as part of the CBBC series ‘Our School’
In 2014 Shaun’s IFA work was recommended by the Church of England in their ‘Valuing All God’s Children’ anti-homophobic bullying resource; Shaun led a student workshop alongside secondary school pupils and the Archbishop of Canterbury at Trinity School Lewisham with headteacher Father Richard Peers naming Shaun as ‘the best speaker on homophobic bullying I have heard’.
In 2015 Shaun will be speaking at the London Festival of Education; he is also currently seeking publishers for his first book ‘That Gay Teacher’ about his journey and IFA work.
Shaun is also very active on Twitter @ShaunDellenty
For more details please visit http://www.inclusionforall.co.uk and the associated Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/shaundellentyIFA?ref=bookmarks
http://www.inclusionforall.co.uk also features a range of video interviews with school staff who have undertaken work around homophobic bullying and the representation of different family groups in schools.
Enquires for training and speaking bookings can also be made at http://www.inclusionforall.co.uk or by emailing email@example.com
(Shaun's views are his own and are not intended to represent any one educational establishment or local authority)