Equality Conference

The INTO Equality Conference will take place in the Clayton Hotel in Wexford on Friday, 7 and Saturday, 8 February 2020. Delegates for this conference will be selected at the October branch meetings.

The theme of this conference will be The LGBT+ Inclusive School. The INTO Equality Committee is working closely with the INTO LGBT+ Teachers Group to conduct research and develop practical, beneficial workshops on LGBT+ related themes within the primary and post-primary school context both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for this conference.

The Conference will commence at 3pm on Friday 7th and run to 6.45pm. It will recommence at 9.30am on Saturday morning and conclude at 1.30pm.

The conference will present research findings from INTO members with regard to their awareness of LGBT+ teacher issues, the experiences of LGBT+ teachers in our schools, integrating LGBT+ into the school curriculum and implementing the Anti-bullying Guidelines for Primary and Post Primary Schools (DES 2013) with particular regard to addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying.

A docufilm entitled The lived workplace experiences of LGBT+ teachers in Irish schools will be premiered on the Friday evening of the Conference. This docufilm features INTO LGBT+ teachers talking about their experiences of working in schools and the role of the INTO LGBT+ Teachers Group as advocates and activists for LGBT+ equality. This will be followed by a panel discussion with some of the teachers who participated in the docufilm. We would like to thank the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission for their grant support to make this docufilm and Tailored Films for undertaking the project.

The key note speaker closing the Conference is Dr Elly Barnes M.B.E. CEO of Educate and Celebrate, a UK based LGBT+ education charity. Elly has dedicated her career to changing the face of the UK education system by making nurseries, primaries, secondaries, colleges, universities LGBT+ Friendly. She has been to the fore of LGBT+ education developing accessible resources, providing training and a robust programme, which guarantees positive change and facilitates young people, families and teachers alike to be themselves without any fear of discrimination.

 

Conference Workshops

Delegates to the Conference will be able to attend 3 workshops – you can sign up for them upon registration. All delegates are recommended to attend The ABCs of LGBT+ Workshop to become more familiar with LGBT+ terminology. Workshops being offered are as follows:

Friday Workshops (4.45 – 6.00pm)

  • The ABCs of LGBT+ (Shout Out)
  • Creating an LGBT+ Inclusive School (INTO LGBT+ Teachers’ Group)
  • Gender non-conformity and transition: A parent’s experience
  • LGBT+ Employment Rights: Trusting the amendment to Section 37.1 (INTO LIR team)

 

Saturday Workshops (9.30 – 10.45am)

  • The ABCs of LGBT+ (Shout Out)
  • Integrating LGBT+ into your classroom pedagogy (INTO LGBT+ Teachers’ Group and Dr. Elly Barnes)
  • Supporting pupils/students transitioning from one gender to another (TENI)
  • Implementing the Anti-bullying Guidelines for Primary and Post Primary Schools (DES 2013) with particular regard to address homophobic and transphobic bullying (PDST)

 

Saturday Workshops (10.45am – 12.30pm)

  • The ABCs of LGBT+ (Shout Out)
  • Creating an LGBT+ Inclusive School (INTO LGBT+ Teachers’ Group)
  • Supporting pupils/students transitioning from one gender to another (TENI)
  • Implementing the Anti-bullying Guidelines for Primary and Post Primary Schools (DES 2013) with particular regard to address homophobic and transphobic bullying (PDST)

Conference Registration

Your Branch secretary will register you as a delegate and we will post you out your delegate card, a DES letter approving your leave of absence to attend the Conference and an outline of the Conference

When you arrive at the Conference you will need to present your delegate card to INTO to register your attendance at the Conference. A full conference programme will be given to you at registration. Registration opens at 2pm

 

Webcasting

If you are not a delegate you can follow much of the proceedings (excluding the workshops) on our webcast on the INTO website.

 

Accommodation

Delegates need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Browse the list of local hotels and B&Bs (PDF).

 

Absence from school

The DES has given approval for leave of absence for delegates to attend the conference. However substitute cover is not available.

 

Exhibitors

Read through the list of trade stands that will be available at the INTO Equality Conference 2020.