A warm welcome to the ASCL LGBT+ Leaders' Network 

ASCL’s LGBT+ Leaders' Network facilitates 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 2020, 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. 

19 September, 7pm     Lord Michael Cashman CBE, co-founder of Stonewall, British politician, former Member of European Parliament, Labour Peer, former actor, writer.
17 October, 7pm     Brian Paddick is the former Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesperson in the House of Lords, and  former deputy assistant commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police.  He appeared on the eighth series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity and ran for Mayor of London in 2012.  
22 November, 7pm     Pride and Progress: ECT Network 
12 December  (meeting at 5pm)     Kaz Self, Rolls Royce
1 February (meeting at 7pm)     Policy Roundtable Event: Gender-questioning guidance in schools
29 February (meeting at 5pm)     Fflag, parent support organisation 
May (meeting at 5pm)     Lara Lalemi, CEO, Creative Tuition
June (date tbc)     Stephen Morgan MP
July (date tbc)     NAHT networking meeting

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

Edel Cronin
Co-Chair, ASCL LGBT+ Leaders' Network 
Acting Principal, Fairfield High School, Bristol

To find out more and to join the ASCL LGBT+ Leaders' Network, please complete the online form below.  If you have any further queries, please contact CorporateAdmin@ascl.org.uk  

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