Shaun Dellenty

Coming Out At School Was The Most Profound Experience Of My Life

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

I feel privileged to witness the positive impact my work has had upon individuals, upon schools and through advising on policy, upon the education system itself. Coming out to a whole school community was indeed the most profound thing I have ever done. We carry on with hope in our hearts, the battle for real equality is only just beginning. Authentic identity should never be a privilege.

Our Education Systems Must Explore Human Prejudice From The Very Beginning

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our educatio...

Love Wins

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Politics
Shaun Dellenty

I don't often wake at my parent's house these days but this past Sunday I did. Staggering downstairs bleary eyed for breakfast my Mother handed me a cup of tea and asked me if I had seen the news from Orlando. Accessing the Twitter news feed, it took me no longer than a few seconds to ascertain that something dreadful was unfolding in Orlando.

LGBT+ Inclusion in Education Saves Lives and Must Be Funded

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

Three million pounds can never replace the countless nameless souls we have lost, both in the UK and around the world since formal education began, whose lives were terminally compromised by prejudice, discrimination and hate. It is to these people that I wish to dedicate my recent awards and honours, in addition to everyone who has invited me along to speak or supported my work.

All God's Children - Faith, Love and LGBT+ Inclusion in Schools

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

Following my visits to faith schools, without exception I ask young people whether they feel their faith is a barrier to learning about LGBT+ people and the damage prejudicial attitudes can cause.Without exception they assure me that their faith tells them to love, to respect and to take care of people.

Fire in a Bottle (To 'Twin Peaks' and Back Again)

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Shaun Dellenty

Twin Peaks never went away, it merely dissipated into wider TV culture, developing multiple personalities on such shows as Northern Exposure, American Gothic, Eerie Indiana, The X-Files, Lost and Fortitude.

LGBT Schools and the Failure of our Education System to Support LGBT Youth

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shaun Dellenty

Aim for inclusion not segregation, acceptance not tolerance and be warm in praise of those who spot young people at risk and hold out a hand to help, we absolutely need more of that in the world about now.

The Crying Shame of Denying LGBT Teachers Their Authenticity

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

A new term, you're starting to feel that you have established yourself with parents and pupils. You remain instinctively cautious on entering unfamiliar contexts; a side effect of years of school-based bullying, resulting in lapses onto anxiety medication...

Dispelling the Dark Clouds of Section 28: Flying Into Blue Skies Through the Leadership of New Teachers

Claire Stoneman | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Stoneman

I write this in the last week of the six week summer holiday, teetering on the brink of a brand new school year brimming with all its hope and possibility. 2014-2015 academic year, for my school - Dame Elizabeth Cadbury in Bournville, Birmingham - is a very exciting one.

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

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 01.06.2014 | 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 | 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 ...