Shaun Dellenty
Shaun Dellenty is the openly gay Deputy Headteacher of Alfred Salter Primary School in London, a school widely celebrated for its inclusive practice. In addition Shaun has worked as a literacy and equalities consultant across several London Boroughs.

Having overcome homophobic bullying as a child, Shaun is the founder of 'Inclusion For All', a small charitable organisation helping to effect organisational change in schools and other educational contexts to empower them to pro-actively prevent homophobic language and bullying based upon sexual orientation.

Shaun has worked to support a wide range of teacher training establishments, Teach First, schools, local authorities, Amnesty UK, anti-bullying organisations, Stonewall and the National College of School Leaders.

In his 'spare time' Shaun is an independent consultant and inspirational speaker and can be booked for INSET, training, Pride events and public speaking through his website

Shaun runs three 'in-house' one day training days a year at his school (Alfred Salter Primary School in South London) to empower other school leaders to pro-actively foster good relationships between diverse groups and to prevent homophobic bullying.

For details please visit and the associated Facebook group.

The award winning 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.

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 written articles for Teach Primary magazine, Guardian Educational, Gay Star News, LDR magazine and many others.

In 2012 Shaun was nominated onto the Independent on Sunday 'Pink List' of the 101 most influential LGBT people in the UK. In 2013 he was nominated for the Royal Air Force 'LGBT Inspirational Role Model Award' by Square Peg Media. Also in 2013 his Inclusion For All work at Alfred Salter Primary School won the 'Southwark Good Practice Award'. Shaun has been nominated as 'LGBT Inspirational Role Model' at the National Diversity Awards 2013 and Inclusion For All has been nominated for the 'LGBT Community Group' award.

In 2013 Shaun was invited to help judge the Amnesty International Young Journalist of the Year Award. In June he will be returning to his old secondary school (which he walked out of in 1987 due to sustained homophobic bullying) in Leicestershire to speak about growing up gay being bullied and his IFA work.

Shaun is also very active on Twitter @ShaunDellenty

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

Entries by Shaun Dellenty

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

(0) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (22:26)

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.

Interestingly, some...

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LGBT History Month- Remembering the Smalltown Boy

(3) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (22:16)


Engaged in an activity which must seem wholly medieval to the download generation, I am sprawled awkwardly over my bedroom floor, cutting out song lyrics from unsteady towers of Smash Hits Magazines in order to slot them into the sleeves of my 7 inch single collection. The radio plays...

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Losing Labels and Talking Tom Daley

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2013 | (22:43)

Yesterday I was at the London headquarters of the NSPCC delivering a presentation on preventing homophobia in schools. It has been my privilege to deliver many such talks over the past three years at a wide variety of schools, anti-bullying conferences, teacher training agencies , teacher trade union events and...

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Carrying the Torch -Doctor Who at 50

(2) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (17:57)

It's 1972, a bitterly cold Autumn afternoon in my home in Buckinghamshire. I'm four years old and in the absence of any central heating I am drying my hair using the heat from the open fire. The air is heady with the smell of recently toasted crumpets; my Mum and...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 6 October 2013 | (14:09)

Over the past three years, though developing my Inclusion For All project ( aimed at training education professionals to prevent homophobic bullying and language in schools, I seem to have developed what one might call a small 'profile 'of sorts.

This 'profile' (for which I am very grateful by...

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Gay IS a Nice Thing to Say!

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (00:10)

Friday May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Around the world a range of events will be held to send a clear message that homophobia and transphobia have no place in our lives.

Friday 17 May also marks a year to the day that my...

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LGBT History Month, Initialisms and The Rainbow People

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2013 | (16:34)

Farewell LGBT History Month 2013 - how quickly it seemed to pass. I must confess that I have always held certain reservations about these themed days, weeks and months, especially when applied to educational settings. I would much rather see schools be required to offer fully embedded inclusive curriculums representing...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2012 | (21:55)

Stories have always played an important part in my life, from my Father reading me Bible stories as a child, to enacting stories as an actor and as more recently as a teacher exploiting the power of stories to develop the speaking and listening skills, imagination, empathy and vocabulary of...

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Anti-Bullying Week: Reflection, Celebration and Child Protection‏

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (16:51)

Goodness me, this has been an interesting few weeks.....

Waking up at 3am on a Sunday morning to find a message from an ex-pupil congratulating me on entering the Independent on Sunday Pink List was an unexpected experience, as was reading that I was 'much nominated' and that pupils had...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 18 October 2012 | (15:47)

One of the great privileges in undertaking my work in tackling homophobia in schools is that it brings me into contact with a wide range of people, from school staff and governors, parents and children to ex pupils, ministers and the odd 'celeb'.

Recently I delivered a presentation at the...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2012 | (16:14)

Just before the school Summer holidays I attended a training course for teachers in South London. During the the lunch break I was approached by a female teacher in her mid 40s.

'Are you Shaun Dellenty?' she enquired with a slight reddening of the neck.

'Yes I am' I replied...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2012 | (14:40)

I was on an unusually quiet London Underground train last week, when I overheard the following conversation between a smartly dressed young lady and her beau:

'Did you see that gay Olympian?' she asked, 'he's quite fit'

'No' her beau replied and after a couple of beats added;

'I don't...

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

(47) Comments | Posted 7 August 2012 | (00:00)

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.

The use of...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2012 | (22:45)

Recently I was speaking to a Newly Qualified Teacher, who expressed surprise that all schools are not tackling homophobic bullying; she asked me why some head-teachers are 'dragging their heels' over something that potentially affects all pupils.

Up to now there has been no strategic national approach to staff development...

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

(10) Comments | Posted 21 June 2012 | (00:00)

Way back in 2004 an Institute of Education research document found that "homophobia is evident in schools in a number of forms - from the use of inappropriate language, to serious physical violence". If this was so clearly evident way back in 2004, why is the issue only just creeping...

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