A warm welcome to the ASCL LGBT+ Leaders' Network 

ASCL’s LGBT+ Leaders' Network is thrilled to be moving into its second year, facilitating support, information, and networking opportunities for the organisation's LGBT+ members and their allies.

Whether you joined us for our first network meeting back in December, came along to listen to Lord Cashman talk about celebrating human rights, hear Steve Chalke speak about faith and inclusion, or have never contemplated being part of this network, you are welcome to join us for all or any of our planned events this academic year.  

ASCL’s LGBT+ Leaders' Network usually meets virtually once a month at 7pm. As part of our commitment to being an inclusive network, rest assured we don’t check ‘credentials’ at the door, so please don’t feel like you have to be a particular letter to belong!

The purpose of our network is to:  
  • connect school, college and trust leaders
  • allow LGBT+ leaders to be visible and chip away at the narrative that they need to remain in the shadows rather than be their authentic self at work if they choose
  • provide a space for leaders to feel like there are others out there like them
  • provide a space for leaders to talks things through that affect them professionally
  • provide opportunities to listen to others and support colleagues
The network extends beyond the monthly meetings and if you want, you can be added to the TEAMS channel where ideas and resources are shared.  The network also exists for outreach, and the wisdom and experience that exists within the network has been of considerable benefit to the wider ASCL membership.  This, combined with the expertise of the ASCL Hotline, ensure a wealth of guidance on LGBT+ related issues for members to draw on.  

Some members have commented that the network has made them feel more confident, empowered them to be the change we so often talk about, and others are just happy to know something like this exists should they wish to get more involved in the future.  

21 October     Caroline Nokes, Chair, Women and Equalities Select Committee
Bennie Kara, Diverse Educators - Diversifying the curriculum
23 November     Peter Kyle, Shadow Schools Minister
Dr Adam Brett, SCITT lead, Redhill Trust - LGBT+ inclusion in schools
14 December       Shaun Dellenty, awardwinning educator and LGBT+ inclusion in education advocate and author of Celebrating Difference- A Whole School Approach to LGBT+ Inclusion (Bloomsbury)
13 January     Sue Sanders, Professor Emeritus at the Harvey Milk Institute and founder of LGBT History Month
3 February     Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader 
22 March     Shon Faye, author of The Transgender Issue
26 May      Meeting at 7.30pm, discussing future plans and ideas for the network 
28 June     George White, teacher of religious education at a Catholic secondary school, Leicester. George will be talking about LGBT+ inclusion in Catholic and faith-based schools

To find out more and to join the ASCL LGBT+ Leaders' Network, please contact CorporateAdmin@ascl.org.uk.  

Rich Atterton
Chair, ASCL LGBT+ Leaders' Network
Assistant Headteacher,  ASCL DASH representative on Executive Council, and ASCL Ethics, Inclusion and Equalities Committee

Download the ASCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Further reading
ASCL Leader magazine

Flying the flag by Rich Atterton, Issue 117, Spring Term 1, 2021
Be LGBT inclusive by David Lowbridge-Ellis, Issue 114, Summer Term, 2020

On the ASCL blog
LGBTQ+ in education by Hannah Jepson,  Co-Founder and Director of LGBTed