The INTO Equality Conference took place in the Clayton Hotel in Wexford on Friday, 7 and Saturday, 8 February 2020.
The theme of this conference was The LGBT+ Inclusive School. The INTO Equality Committee has worked 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.
If you were not a delegate, you can catch up on most of the proceedings (excluding the workshops) on our webcast archive.
The conference presented 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 was premiered on the Friday evening of the Conference. This docufilm featured 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 was 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 was 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.
If you were not a delegate, you can catch up on most of the proceedings (excluding the workshops) in our webcast archive.
Download the equality conference agenda here.