Shaun Dellenty Multi-Awarded Educator/LGBT+ Inclusion Advocate and Founder of 'Inclusion For All'

Shaun Dellenty is a London based educator, presenter, writer and multi-award-winning advocate for LGBT+ inclusion in education and communities. A survivor of sustained homophobic bullying as a child (which resulted in him walking out of state education in 1987) Dellenty remained ‘closeted’ as a teacher until 2009 as a result of hearing homophobia in school staff-rooms, class-rooms and playgrounds.In November 2009 Dellenty’s own school discovered by undertaking pupil questionnaires that 75% pupils within the school and locality were being subjected to daily homophobic language or abuse or were hearing the word ‘gay’ being used as a pejorative term on a daily basis. Using the bullying data as a trigger Dellenty ‘came out’ to his whole school community and founded 'Inclusion For All', a small not for profit charitable organisation aiming to train teachers and effect organisational change in communities, schools, faith schools and other educational contexts. Dellenty also began telling his story in school assemblies across the United Kingdom. Such was the rapid impact of the Inclusion For All programme that Dellenty has advised on policy at Westminster and has now supported or spoken to a huge range of schools, teacher training establishments, faith schools, local authorities, hate-crime, police and anti-bullying organisations including; Amnesty UK, Stonewall, National College of Teaching and Leadership, NSPCC, Kidscape, Open University, Liverpool Hope and John Moores Universities, London South Bank, Institute of Education, Hull University, University of Greenwich, House of Commons and many more. In addition to school based training sessions Dellenty also speaks on webinars, radio and television and at hate crime and anti-bullying conferences, TEDx, IDAHO, LGBT Pride events and LGBT history month events both in the UK and abroad. Dellenty's work has been the feature of many articles in the national press, including Times Educational Supplement, Leadership Focus, LDR Magazine, Teach Primary, Huffington Post, The Guardian, London Evening Standard, The Mirror, The Telegraph and many more. A prolific writer and blogger, Dellenty has written articles for Teach Primary magazine, The Guardian, Gay Star News, Gay Times, LDR magazine and others. In 2012 and 2013 Dellenty 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. Dellenty was Highly Commended at the 2015 Excellence In Diversity Awards. In 2013 and 2014 Dellenty was invited to help judge the Amnesty International Young Journalist of the Year Award.In Autumn 2014 Dellenty’s IFA work was broadcast nationally as part of the CBBC series ‘Our School’ In May 2014 Dellenty's IFA work was recommended by the Church of England in their ‘Valuing All God’s Children’ anti-homophobic bullying resource; Dellenty led a student workshop alongside secondary school pupils and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Trinity School Lewisham with headteacher Father Richard Peers naming Shaun as ‘the best speaker on homophobic bullying I have heard’. Dellenty was nominated a 'Pride Hero' by members of the public at Pride In London 2015 and was featured in a high profile multi-media campaign across London Transport. Dellenty is writing his first book ‘That Gay Teacher’ about his journey and IFA work. In 2012 Dellenty worked with EV Crowe and the cast and production team of the play 'Hero' at the Royal Court Theatre, which was in part informed by observations undertaken by the 'Hero' cast and production team of Dellenty working with pupils in school. Dellenty will also be appearing in the forthcoming 'After 82' to discuss the arrival of HIV/AIDS in the UK and the role of sex education in schools. http://www.after82.co.uk/ In 2015 Dellenty was asked to advise on policy at the House of Commons and Lords and spoke at Inside Government events. In 2016 he advised on policy to the LGBT Lib Dems conference. In 2016 Dellenty launched an anti-homophobia schools and theatre tour 'BOY' in collaboration with Essex based HyperFusion Theatre Company and Dellenty undertook various media promotions. In 2016 in a ground breaking move Dellenty took his messages of LGBT+ inclusion to the Isle of Man. In May 2016 Dellenty won three major awards over five day: the Education Champion Category at the Excellence in Diversity Awards a 'Point of Light award given in person by the Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street and on May 14th 2016 Dellenty was presented with a the Mayor's Top Special Civic Award at Southwark Cathedral. 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 shaun.dellenty@alfredsalter.com 


 (Shaun's views are his own and are not intended to represent any one educational establishment or local authority)



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