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Stonewall Scotland Education Conference 2016

Stonewall Scotland Education Conference 2019

Stonewall Scotland's Education Conference returns this year, and will be held in central Glasgow on Wednesday 22nd May.

This one-day CPD accredited event brings together teachers, education professionals and communities from across Scotland to discuss tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference, through a series of interactive workshops, keynote speeches and panel discussions.

2019 details

  • Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm  (Registration from 08:45am)
  • Venue: Radisson BLU, Argyle Street, Glasgow

Who can attend

  • Teachers
  • Education support staff and professionals
  • Third Sector organisations
  • Local authorities
  • FE and HE staff
  • All individuals interested in inclusive education


Ticket sales for the Education Conference 2019 are now live! Please click BUY NOW to purchase your tickets.

We will be adding information about our 2019 programme later in February, but our 2017 programme included:

Morning session 

  • Keynote speakers

  • Q&A

Breakout Session A

Session 1 | Bringing your policies to life

Schools understanding and adhering to best practice know that effective policies embed equality and inclusion in the bedrock of their school ethos and culture while allowing staff to better support their students in a range of ways. This session will look at how staff and policy makers in schools can ensure that their LGBT students are supported and diversity and inclusion are recognised. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the business case for having policies which specifically refer to LGBT inclusion
  • Explore a variety of different policies and examples of best practice, including transitioning, monitoring and uniform policies
  • Discuss different strategies for how staff can ensure that these policies are implemented into the working day of the school

Session 2 | Setting up an LGBT student group

Many LGBT young people benefit from stronger support networks with peers and we know that anti-bullying initiatives can be strengthened by building on student-led initiatives. This session will look at how a peer-led approach can be an empowering and effective way to work with young people on tackling HBT bullying across the school and in the wider community.

Learning outcomes

  • Hear good practice examples of successful LGBT student groups
  • Learn how to involve all young people in these initiatives
  • Explore how experiences developing networks in other contexts might inform group development within the wider school and external community

Session 3 | What is inclusive PSE?

Personal and Social Education should reflect the diversity of the students in the classroom and beyond in order to prepare them for life in modern Britain. This session will support you to working towards making your PSE inclusive of issues facing LGBT young people and celebrating different families. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Practical tips on creating an LGBT-inclusive PSE curriculum, including sex and relationships education.
  • Insight into best practice in Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Guidance on boosting teacher confidence

Session 4 | Building inclusive curricula in post 16 education 

The best schools, colleges and universities know that an essential part of creating an inclusive environment is developing a curriculum that represents individuals from various backgrounds and addresses different issues and life experiences. This session will provide attendees with best practice examples from education groups and institutions, as well as the opportunity to brainstorm and develop their own strategy.

Learning outcomes:

  • Hear best practice examples of how to talk about LGBT themes and related ideas to include across the curriculum
  • Build confidence and learn how to identify opportunities, including cross-curricular
  • Understand why building an inclusive curriculum is important and how it links in with other inclusion work around bullying, celebrating diversity and supporting pupils 

Panel discussion:

Supporting young LGBT people’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Last year we featured a workshop that discussed mental health, but there were a number of attendees who commented that they felt this topic/workshop should have been attended by everyone on the day. Following on from these comments, we decided to make Mental Health and Wellbeing a key focus in a large, all attendee session.

The purpose of this session is to:

  • Make attendees aware of the importance of supporting student’s Mental Health and Wellbeing, and the impact that Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying can have on them
  • Help attendees gain insight into what strategies and support can help individuals with their Mental Health and Wellbeing 


Breakout Session B

Session 5 | Tackling HBT Language and Bullying

In schools where pupils hear language such as ‘gay’ being used negatively or insults such as ‘dyke’, there are more incidents of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. This session will help you to understand the importance of tackling HBT language among young people as well as supporting you to develop strategies to use in your setting.

Learning outcomes:

  • Build confidence in tackling HBT language
  • Hear best practice examples from education experts for tackling HBT language
  • Begin to develop some practical strategies for tackling HBT language

Session 6 | Addressing gender difference and stereotyping in primary schools

Gender stereotyping starts from a young age and can have a negative effect on children and young people, leaving them feeling unable to be themselves or vulnerable to bullying or teasing from others. This session will explore practical ways to include discussions about gender roles and gender identity in wider work about gender stereotyping at primary level, that will help prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic and gender related bullying.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn practical ways to challenge gender stereotyping in primary schools
  • Hear good practice about how to support and include pupils who do not conform to gender stereotypes
  • Develop skills and learning on how to discuss gender roles and gender identity in an age-appropriate way with your students

Session 7 | Supporting LGBT students with Additional Support Needs (ASN)

Two-thirds of LGBT young people with ASN have experienced homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at school. This session will look at research focused on the experiences of LGBT young people with ASN and allow you to hear best practice from schools on what they are doing to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference with all of their pupils, no matter how complex their needs are.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore the issues facing LGBT young people with ASN
  • Understand how to support LGBT young people with ASN
  • Learn practical ideas from leading Special Schools on how to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language, and celebrate difference

Session 8 | Supporting Trans young adults

Exploring their gender identity should be a positive experience for young people, but it isn’t always easy to know how to best support them or make sure they have everything they need to develop and flourish. This workshop will help you to understand the specific areas of support you need to consider for trans young people. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Practical tips on creating a trans-inclusive environment
  • Best practice guidance on supporting a trans young person in education (both at school, college and universities)
  • Resources to increase teacher confidence in calling out transphobic bullying and language

Afternoon Session 

  • Afternoon Keynote Session
  • Q & A


2017 Event Feedback

Thanks for a really inspiring conference. My head is buzzing with ideas to take back to school

One of the best conferences I have attended in my 13 years of working in education.

Practical guidance, brilliant speeches - thank you

Today was a really inspirational day. The whole event was so well organised, so slick, so professional. I'd recommend it to anyone working in education in a heartbeat. Brilliant speakers, sensational staff.

Really enjoyable and thought provoking day! Great CPD for teaching staff.


Contact us

For more information about our Education Conferences please email education@stonewallscotland.org.uk or call 0131 474 8019.