Building on the LGBT+ inclusion guidance released last year, the NEU are collating examples of good practice from around the country to evidence the innovative, creative and meaningful work around LGBT+ inclusive education developed by teachers, students, leaders and support staff in all kinds of education settings.
- Have you undertaken good LGBT+ inclusion work in your workplace or classroom?
- Have your students taken part in creative campaigning around LGBT+ inclusion?
- Have your leaders, governors or local councillors initiated proactive steps around LGBT+ inclusion?
- Then we want to hear from you!
If you think your education setting has some good practice to share, please complete this online form (10 minutes estimated completion time) to tell us about it. We will collate submissions into a report that will be published on the NEU website so that others may learn from your experience and be inspired to take action on equality in their education settings.
Additionally, a panel of members will review the submissions and two education settings in each region will be identified to be showcased. If your education setting is chosen, you will be contacted by a project worker who will arrange to meet with yourself, your colleagues and students to further understand the impact of the work carried out. The project worker will produce an in-depth case study capturing both the good practice undertaken and the impact of the work to be included in the report.
Deadline for submissions is Friday 24th April 2020. Visits will take place in summer term 2020 and we aim to have the report finalised by the end of 2020.
Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
I want to share our work, but I don’t feel comfortable with my school being named. Can our work still be included?
Yes. There may be reasons why you prefer your education setting not to be named in the project. Question 6 in the survey asks how you would prefer your education setting to be referred to in the publication. If you are not comfortable with your education setting being named for any reason, you can opt for a listing by setting type and region only. If you do this your submission will appear in the report as, for example: Primary school, North West.
Do I need to inform my head about this submission?
If you are sharing the name of your education setting you should inform your head about this submission. If this has not been possible for any reason, at question 6 either opt for your education setting not to be named or select the option asking us to contact you prior to publication and you can then inform your head at a later stage. If your education setting is chosen to be a showcased project, we will discuss ethics, safeguarding and permissions with you and provide appropriate forms for heads so that everyone is informed.
Do I need to inform parents and carers that we are making a submission?
The report will be public, and you are encouraged to share the report with parents and carers to celebrate your work, but you do not have to inform parents and carers at this stage. Your submission should not contain any identifying information about students, and we will not publish any information identifying children and young people in the report. If your education setting is chosen to be a showcased project, we will discuss ethics, safeguarding and permissions with you and provide appropriate forms for heads, parent/carers, students and colleagues so that anyone involved / responsible for those involved is informed.
What criteria are you using to evaluate the work?
This is an evidence-gathering project, not an evaluation project. We will therefore not be measuring the effectiveness of the work undertaken. The panel will make decisions with a view to including a diversity of education settings, locations and types of work in the showcased projects, rather than selecting the ‘best’ projects.
If we are chosen to be a showcased project, what happens then?
An NEU project worker will contact you to talk through the next steps. We will discuss ethics, safeguarding and permissions with you and provide appropriate forms for heads, parent/carers, students and colleagues so that everyone is informed and committed. We will arrange a one-day visit at a time convenient to you to hear more from you and ideally from other colleagues, students and leaders as well. The project worker will write up what they have learned and share the case study with you to be approved by yourself/the head prior to publication.
I have lots of examples of good practice. Shall I complete several forms?
Please complete just one form, ticking all the relevant areas in response to question 5 and providing as much detail as you can in question 7 – and keep up the great work!
I want to submit my good practice, but I do not want my education setting to be visited.
Each education setting chosen to be showcased will be contacted prior to being visited so you can always opt out of being a showcased project at a later stage.
I do not identify as LGBT+, but we have done some great work in our education setting. Can I still make a submission?
Of course! This project is seeking to collate all examples of good practice whether work has been developed and led by LGBT+ workers and/or allies. Please spread the word about this project through your union and professional networks so that we can gather a diversity of good practice examples.
I am not an NEU member. Can I still make a submission?
No, not this time. While there are many education professionals doing great work in this area, this project has been created to celebrate the work of NEU members, so only NEU members' submissions will be included in the report.