A warm welcome to the ASCL LGBT Leaders' Network 

There are an estimated 50,000 LGBT+ teachers working in schools and colleges. The number of openly LGBT+ school and college leaders is not known but we do know they can have very different experiences. We also know greater visibility of LGBT+ leaders is an important factor in encouraging LGBT+ teachers into school and college leadership. The legacy of Section 28 and complexities of being a visible LGBT+ leader in education have led to a dearth of leaders from this community.
 
ASCL LGBT Leaders' Network meetings take place virtually, once a month, from 7-8pm.  It is an important opportunity to support and encourage one another as well as discuss contemporary issues and use our collective voice to promote a manifesto of inclusion, both at national level and within our schools and colleges.
 
The good news is society is changing and there are more and more opportunities for LGBT+ leaders to live authentic lives in school and college. This grassroots network hopes to be a safe place to support, encourage and empower LGBT school and college leaders.   

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