Shaun Dellenty
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 and the associated Facebook group at 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 or by emailing 

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

Entries by Shaun Dellenty

Love Wins

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2016 | (11:36)

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...

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LGBT+ Inclusion in Education Saves Lives and Must Be Funded

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (14:28)

Last week marked the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and I spent much of the week delivering related keynotes and workshops. I usually share my experiences of surviving (and yes I use that word most precisely) childhood homophobic bullying. I then explore strategies for shifting culture within organisations...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2016 | (12:07)

Faith, or rather that of my teachers, parents and family loomed large in my child-hood.
My Dad, raised as a Catholic (but by now a Methodist) would light a candle by my bed each night, teaching me to read using a musty, hard-backed Bible. Most of the stories...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2015 | (09:22)


This weekend, the Twin Peaks UK Festival welcomes cast members and devotees to Whitechapel's Genesis Cinema to celebrate 25 years of seductive mysteries.

Contemporary culture has for some time now, been laced with references to the show's iconography, from themed dining to...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 18 January 2015 | (11:01)

Last week I was asked several times on Twitter whether I thought the concept a segregated 'LGBT School' in Manchester is a good idea; in this case 140 characters seemed woefully inadequate. Let me state upfront that if it is needed as a means of saving young people at urgent...

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Homophobic Bullying and the Responsibilities of Children's Television

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2014 | (15:41)

I was born in 1968.

By 1972 I already knew I was different; by different I mean gay (if you are wondering how I knew then just ask it back to yourself-how did you know who you were?)

What I lacked was the vocabulary, the words 'gay' or 'homosexual,'...

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The Crying Shame of Denying LGBT Teachers Their Authenticity

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2014 | (18:43)


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.

You lay awake last night, eyes fixed on a patch...

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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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