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The University of Bedfordshire’s Beds Talks series is back with a discussion on how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) themes are raised with primary school children.

This remote public webinar will provide guest speakers the opportunity to share research, resources, ideas and recommendations on the essential topic of ‘LGBT themes within and beyond relationships, health and sex education (RH(S)E) in primary school’.

This free public event takes place online on Monday 26 April 2021 and is open to students, staff and all members of the community. Attendees will receive instructions on how to join closer to the event date.

Contributions will come from University of Bedfordshire academics, qualified teachers and prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Multi award-winning teacher and global LGBT+ advocate, Shaun Dellenty, will lead the ‘Empowering Authentic Schools’ section of this Beds Talks event.

Named as one of the 100 most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent, Shaun says dispelling the myths around introducing LGBT themes into primary education is best achieved by a compassionate school ethos. He said:

“School leadership taught me that some children know they are LGBT+ in primary school, whilst others arrive having LGBT+ family members and friends. Despite this, LGBT+ education – relatively new in schools – can sometimes be shrouded in myth and misconception.

“LGBT+ education sits most effectively within a whole school ethos of compassionate, intersectional inclusion and I am thrilled have been invited to share best practice at this wonderful University of Bedfordshire event.”

Panellists on the round table and guest speakers will aim provide recommendations for attendees on how to enhance LGBT themes in the early-years education environment.

There will also be a chance for audience members to ask the panel questions.

Led by Alex Baird and Dr Joanne Hill, the round table will discuss seven key areas – each led by a different expert – all falling under the overarching theme of the event.

Secretary of the LGBTQ Alliance for Bedfordshire staff and lecturer in sport and physical education, Alex Baird’s current research specifically explores gender and sexualities within RH(S)E at primary school.

As co-host of the event, Alex hopes the discussion will clear up misconceptions about the teaching of LGBT relationships in primary education. She said:

“I believe it’s incredibly important that we address how and why LGBT themes can be introduced into primary education, as there are a number of potential misinterpretations around the new syllabus.

“The new Relationships Education syllabus, introduced in September 2020, offers primary schools the opportunity to make all pupils and their families feel valued in relationships and health education classes, as well as in wider school culture.

“However, I have seen first-hand the misinterpretations and apprehensions around the subject which could undermine its intentions.

“Media attention often focuses upon such contention rather than representing the greater proportion of parents and carers in favour of the syllabus.

“These are the types of issues we will address during the Beds Talk, and I am excited to be doing so with such a great group of contributors.”

The event welcomes all attendees, and promises to be of particular interest to parents and carers of primary school-aged children, primary school staff members and students on teaching or social justice related courses.

Event: Beds Talks: LGBT themes within and beyond RH(S)E at primary school

Time: 5-6:30pm, Monday 26th April 2021

Location: Online – links will be sent to registered individuals

Tickets: Register for your free ticket here – a complete event schedule can be found via the link