Shaun Dellenty

Teachers and Parents: It's Time To Teach About Same Sex Weddings!

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

So in the end, common sense, lots of hard work from lots of people and the freedom to love and be loved prevailed. I can now legally wed the man I love, should I choose to. Blimey, I feel like my experience of reality just changed massively.

LGBT History Month- Remembering the Smalltown Boy

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shaun Dellenty

Lots of kids say they are going to run away, some mean it, some do not; some slip out and hang out at the end of the street until they get hungry, bored or realise that their bluff has been called. For me the notion of running away had become very real.

Losing Labels and Talking Tom Daley

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

It was heartening to see so many messages of support for Tom and sadly not surprising to read the various comments of hate that the faceless Twitter cowards immediately started shooting into the ether.I am thrilled for Tom that he has found love, long may it continue; he should be proud of who he is as an individual and for his achievements. I hope that in the coming days weeks and months we can all make his choice of partner the least interesting element of his life...

'We Must Fight Homophobia In Schools'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Homophobic bullying is still common in some schools, a charity has warned, to the extent some teachers are too fearful to reveal their sexuality. S...

Some School Leaders and School Governors Must Stop Preventing Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers from Saving Young Lives

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

Whilst these engagements provide wonderful opportunities to share these vital messages, there is one 'genre' of speaking engagement which cuts to the very core of why I undertake this work; trainee teacher and newly qualified teacher events...

Gay IS a Nice Thing to Say!

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

Education is the very best weapon we have in the fight against prejudicial, discriminatory and hateful attitudes towards LGBT people, educators must put the safety and well-being of children first, even if that means facing some unpalatable truths about their own practice.

Gay Teachers, Head-Teachers and Heroes (or How Stories Can Change Our Lives)

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

I believe there needs to be a greater effort to attract LGBT people into teaching. We need to let LGBT people know they will be welcomed and supported in our wonderful profession and that they can be great role models for pupils.

It Ain't Necessarily So (Or How Challenging Assumptions Might Just Make Things Better for Our Children)

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

It would be naive of me to think that such opposition doesn't exist in some quarters and I have encountered it directly from a headteacher of a Catholic school who openly stated that she would not employ LGBT staff.

It Isn't Just LGBT Teachers That Care About Homophobic Bullying

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

My experiences lead me to believe that there are many parents and school staff who really want to see these issues addressed for once and for all. Some of them are indeed LGBT, but many of them are not.

Making a Big Deal of 'It'- Openly Gay Role Models and the Olympics

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

How powerful would it have been for me to have an openly gay teacher, or to see openly gay Olympians being celebrated on the television, or to know that one day a man called Harvey Milk once stood up for what he believed in, in the same way that Rosa Parks made her stand against hate?

If Children Can See Why the Misuse of the Word Gay Is Damaging Why Can't Society?

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

This week, a journalist in a popular newspaper used the word 'gay' in a manner that reinforced negative connotations; yet again I was reminded me that there is still a long way to go in ending the use of the word gay as a pejorative term.

Headteachers and Homophobic Bullying - It's Time To Face Up To The Fear

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

The fear that a child who is singled out for homophobic bullying feels has the potential to damage them for life. However fearful school leaders may be, the needs of the pupils in our care must take precedence over our own doubts, fears and beliefs.

Homophobic Bullying is Finally on the Education Agenda - but are Small Steps Enough?

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

To NCSL and OFSTED I say thank you for putting homophobic bullying on the agenda, now let us all be courageous, make a difference and change the lives of countless children (and also of many teachers and parents) for the better. Let our schools lead the world on this vital issue. Schools that fully include and represent all pupils see standards rise - what better driver could we need?

Lucy Sherriff

The Deputy Head Fighting Against Homophobic Bullying In Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A deputy headteacher has spoken of the difficulties he faces in training teachers to face up to homophobic bullying. Shaun Dellenty, who is one of ...