Help Educate & Celebrate Work Towards a Welcoming Society for Everyone with a Vote for Them in This May’s Charity Poll

Posted on 29 Apr 2020 by Amy Jackson
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Educate & Celebrate has a vision to build a future of inclusion and social justice.The charity equips individuals and communities with the knowledge, skills and confidence to embed gender, gender identity and sexual orientation into the fabric of organisations. With a focus on the experiences, representation and inclusion of LGBT+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), every day they work to make society a more welcoming place for everyone.


What Does Educate & Celebrate Do?

Educate & Celebrate supports all schools, both pupils and staff, beginning at nursery, through to primary, secondary, college, sixth forms and universities. They support all types of schools too, including special, single gender, faith, urban, rural and pupil referral units.

The charity works for the public benefit the promotion of equality and diversity of the LGBT+ community through:

  • The elimination of discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religion

  • Advancing education and raising awareness in equality and diversity

  • Promoting activities to foster understanding between people from diverse backgrounds

  • Conducting or commissioning research on equality and diversity issues and publishing the results to the public

  • Cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity.


Goldsmiths University of London, Department of Educational Studies 

Working together, Educate & Celebrate and Goldsmiths have produced extensive research of LGBT+ inclusion in a variety of different settings. These reports on schools serving faith communities, those in areas of high deprivation and the PRIDE Youth Network Programme are all available to read on their academic research page. In addition, Dr Elly Barnes MBE and Dr Anna Carlile have written essential guidance for schools in their book How to Transform Your School into an LGBT+ Friendly Place: A Guide for Nursery, Primary and Secondary Teachers.


What Did Staff Surveys Find Following Intervention? 

  • 75% of staff reported “very safe” when asked if their school was a safe place for students to come out as LGBT+, compared to 44% who reported this prior to intervention.

  • 73% of staff responded with “definitely safe” when asked if their school was a safe place for students with LGBT+ parents to be open about their family. This had increased from 50%.

  • 94% of staff said their school was a safe place for teachers to come out as LGBT+, compared to 84% previously.

  • When asked if there was HBT (homophobic, biphobic and transphobic) bullying at their school, staff reported a decrease from 53% to 0%.

Donations to Educate & Celebrate will be used to transform the lives LGBT+ adults and children in schools and organisations.

This May, Educate & Celebrate are one of three fantastic charities taking part in our monthly poll. You can help them continue their important work by voting for them today. Read more about Educate & Celebrate by visiting their website

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