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Stonewall Scotland Education Conference 2019 programme

Programme

08:45 – registration opens

Opening keynote session - speakers to be announced soon. 

Join us for our morning keynote speakers, inidividuals who currently work with Stonewall Scotland, to hear about how they're excited for the changes to Scotland’s curriculum.

There'll be a workshop stream for practitioners and a separate workshop stream for the young people, to ensure all attendees get the most from the day.

Practitioners stream

Workshop session A

A1: Making the 'B' visible in LGBT

There's been a lot of fantastic work done in Scottish schools in recent years to celebrate LGBT inclusion. But the 'B' in LGBT is often missed out, with three in four LGBT young people surveyed in our Stonewall Scotland School Report 2017 saying that they have never been taught about bisexuality (75 per cent).

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance and value of bi-specific content in your inclusion work
  • Gain an understanding of the different terms and identities under the bi umbrella
  • Look at solutions to some of the specific barriers to inclusion, which bi young people may face
A2: Creating a trans-inclusive school*

This session will explore how best to support trans children and young people in your settings, creating sustainable change and increasing the knowledge and confidence of your colleagues and staff.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance and value of supporting trans children and young people
  • Learn how other schools and organisations have effectively supported trans children, young people and their families
  • Gain ideas on how to create an inclusive space for all trans young people and those exploring their gender identity and in turn create a more accepting environment for everyone
A3: Inclusive service delivery for working with children and young people

All services that are provided to young people need to be fully inclusive of LGBT identities. This session will allow you to explore some of the issues that can face LGBT young people when they are using your service, identify these within your own service provision and begin to action plan how you can adapt your service provision to ensure that you are inclusive of all identities.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop a greater understanding of how to identify and address barriers which may be present for your young, LGBT service users
  • Improve your understanding of why it is important to deliver services that are inclusive of LGBT identities and the impact that this can have on young people’s lives
  • Gain practical tips to help improve the experience of your LGBT service users and help you address the barriers that may face them when they are interacting with your organisation, both as an individual and as a wider service
A4: Inclusive leadership in school: supporting your SLT to be involved in LGBTI+ inclusive education

The enthusiastic support of a senior leadership/management team is essential to ensuring that inclusion work is embedded across the whole school. Yet, we know that for many staff, there is a concern for how they can make this work relevant to their senior teams and support them with engaging in this work.

Learning objectives:

  • Examine the business case for inclusion work and how you can encourage your Senior Leadership Team to be involved in this work.
  • Explore different strategies for how you can support your Senior Leadership Team to be involved and engaged with the work you do in your school.
  • Look at some best practice examples for how other practitioners engaged their Senior teams.

 

Workshop session B

B1: LGBT inclusive in sport and adventurous activites

More than half of LGBT young people (60 per cent) ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ hear homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language in sports lessons and half of LGBT young people (49 per cent) don’t feel welcome and included in sports lesson (Stonewall Scotland School Report 2017). This session will explore how to create LGBT inclusive environments in sport and activities both in and outside of school.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain insight into tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in sports
  • Understand the impact that creating inclusive spaces in sport can have on all young people
  • Learn practical tips from organisations who have been advancing LGBT inclusion in sport.
B2: Creating a trans-inclusive school*

This session will explore how best to support trans children and young people in your settings, creating sustainable change and increasing the confidence of your colleagues and staff.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance and value of supporting trans children and young people
  • Learn how other schools and organisations have effectively supported trans children, young people and their families
  • Gain ideas on how to create an inclusive space for all trans young people and those exploring their gender identity and in turn create a more accepting environment for everyone
B3: LGBT and additional support needs

From Stonewall’s research we know that LGBT dis/abled pupils are more likely to experience homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying than non-disabled LGBT pupils (60 per cent compared to 43 per cent). This session aims to explore how you can support LGBT young people with dis/abilities and help them to be included in your inclusion work.

Learning objectives:

  • Explored the issues facing LGBT young people with additional support needs
  • Understand how you can support LGBT young people with additional support needs in your school community
  • Look at practical ideas from other education practitioners, around how they have delivered best practice for the young people in their school communities
B4: Inclusive and effective leadership in schools in 2019

At Stonewall Scotland, we firmly believe that people perform better when they can be themselves and LGBT people working in education are strong and important role models for all young people. This session is designed exclusively for LGBT education professionals with leadership responsibilities or aspirations to be leaders, to help you develop the skills and network to succeed. In the session, you’ll explore authentic leadership theory, applying it to your working context, and how to effectively use your influence.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand leadership theory and how to apply it in your context
  • Gain insight into using your influence to create a more inclusive environment
  • Develop a network of LGBT education professionals who’ll share the ideas and support you need to succeed

* - session runs in the morning and afternoon

 

Youth stream

See programme for the youth stream

The Youth stream for the Stonewall Scotland Education Conference 2019 runs across the morning and afternoon and is delivered through 2 workshops during the event. As a young person, your voice and ideas are critical to creating LGBT-inclusive environments. This programme will explore how to have the greatest influence when championing inclusion and is ideal for young people in S4 – S6, who care about youth action and social justice.

Over the course of the two workshops, you’ll explore key areas including being an effective ally to the whole LGBT community and building a successful campaign by hearing from LGBT+ role models and discussing ideas with one another. Furthermore, you’ll work with young people from around Scotland to develop advice for professionals attending the conference to ensure they are placing young people at the centre of everything they do.

Learning objectives: During these workshops, you will:

  • Understand more about being an effective ally to all members of the LGBT community
  • Learn and share ways to create effective campaigns that successfully deliver the change you want to see
  • Design best practice in collaboration with other young people to be used with professionals attending the conference

Introduction and ice-breaking
Stonewall facilitators will introduce themselves and you’ll get a chance to meet the other young people in the workshop.

External speakers:
Hear from some of the LGBT+ people Stonewall works with about how you can be a role model and ally to other members of the LGBT+ community. Speakers will be confirmed soon

How you can be a role model and ally to the LGBT+ community 
You’ll work with the Stonewall  Scotland facilitators and the team to think about how you can be an ally and role model for all members of the LGBT+ community and what you would like to see in your schools which would help you do this. 

LGBTI inclusive education: what do you want to see happen?

You’ll work with the Stonewall Scotland team and other workshop participants to design examples of best practice, to be showcased to the other professionals attending the conference in the LGBTI+ inclusive education showcase.

Panel discussion: LGBTI+ inclusive curriculum: getting ahead in your school

In November 2018, the Scottish Government made a historic announcement that it would be accepting all 33 of the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group's recommendations in full, and by 2021 intends to implement these reforms to practice and guidance, professional learning, inspections, and the recording of bullying incidents. This session will feature speakers from the Working Group and will focus on what these changes mean for teachers and schools, and how they can get started on this work sooner.

 

Panel Discussion: How can LGBT+ education help us support all young people with positive mental health?  

Our panel discussion: how can LGBT+ education help us support all young people with positive mental health will be a chance for you to hear from young people, and education professionals, on how supporting all aspects of young people’s identities can have a tremendous impact on their mental health, helping them to achieve, attain and go on to do the things they are passionate about. The speakers for ths panel will be announced soon. 

LGBTI+ inclusive education: showcase

Hear directly from the young people who've been attending the day about what an inclusive education means for them, and the impact they believe it will have for them and their peers.

Closing keynote speech - speaker will be announced soon. 

Then, in the afternoon keynote speakers session, we're delighted to be joined by speakers who'll encourage you to go back into your schools and create an environment where everyone, no matter who they are, is accepted without exception. We'll be announcing our speakers soon.

16:00 – conference ends