Empowering Educators: 7th Pride in Education Conference on 4th July

7 Jun 2024

Empowering Educators: 7th Pride in Education Conference on 4th July

Partnering with the Festival of Education to Address the Rising Challenges to Trans Rights and LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Education in the UK

As the UK grapples with heightened anti-trans rhetoric and the rollback of LGBTIQA+ rights, the 7th edition of the Pride in Education conference on 4th July 2024 stands as a crucial event in the fight for inclusivity and equality. This year’s conference is proudly partnering with the Festival of Education, one of the UK's most exciting and inspiring education events.

The festival brings together educators from across the country and beyond for invaluable professional development, discussions, and networking opportunities. The 14th annual Festival will take place at Wellington College on 4-5 July 2024, featuring over 300 leading speakers and thousands of attendees from the education sector.

Driving Real Change in Education

"Our collaboration with the Festival of Education provides us with the opportunity to engage with new audiences and offer educational opportunities for education practitioners throughout the UK," stated Laïla El-Métoui, founder of Pride in Education. "Our program highlights a variety of speakers with diverse backgrounds, representing various identities within the LGBTIQA+ community and professionals from all sectors of the education field, with the support of Pearson UK."

The Current Situation for LGBTQ+ Rights in the UK

Only 58% of LGBTQ+ pupils felt safe at school on a daily basis in the past 12 months, compared to 73% of non-LGBTQ+ students. (Stonewall's 2022 School Report)

8% of LGBTQ+ pupils reported not seeing any positive messaging about being LGBTQ+ from their school in the past 12 months. (Stonewall's 2022 School Report)

LGBTQ+ young people are three times more likely to self-harm, twice as likely to have depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, and twice as likely to contemplate suicide compared to their non-LGBTQ+ peers. (Just Like Us, the LGBTQ+ young people’s charity)

Despite legal advancements, the picture in the UK has been worsening for many LGBTQIA+ people in education and beyond. Recent government consultations and guidance have fuelled a fearful attitude towards the teaching and support of LGBTQIA+ lives and issues, creating an increasingly hostile environment for transgender and non-binary students and educators and undermining existing safeguards outlined in current equality laws. Moreover, there is no explicit legal recognition of intersex people or intersex characteristics under UK law.

For the past five years, Pride in Education has championed a more inclusive education sector, especially focusing on voices seldom heard within LGBTQIA+ advocacy, such as Intersex and Asexual representation. Recently, Pride in Education has joined forces with other LGBTQIA+ organisations to provide clarity and support during the ongoing politicisation of transgender rights. The Pride in Education strand at the Festival of Education will further amplify important LGBTQIA+ topics.

Save the Date and Join the Movement

Join the global movement for queer education and be part of the change towards a more inclusive and diverse educational landscape. Pride in Education not only highlights critical issues around diversity within the sector but also offers practical solutions and approaches for educators to implement within their work.

The Pride in Education Strand of the festival is offering 5 workshops and one keynote on 4th July, in person at Wellington College, Crowthorne, UK.

Thursday, 4th July 2024

09:30 - 10:15: Asexuality: The Invisible Orientation by Sarah Cosgriff

10:30 - 11:15: A Beginner's Guide to LGBTIQA+ Inclusion for Primary Schools by David Church

11:45 - 12:30: Voices Unheard in Class: Exploring Intersex Lived Experiences by Anick Soni

12:45 - 13:30: Young Trans People and Learning by Dr. Natacha Kennedy

14:45 - 15:30: Breaking Barriers: How Can ESOL/EAL Teachers Integrate LGBTIQA+ Lives in Their Sessions? by Laïla El-Métoui

Keynote Address: The Power of Persistence: 55+ Years of Advocating for LGBT+ Visibility and Safety in Education and Beyond

Delivered by Professor Sue Sanders, Founder of LGBT+ History Month, and David Braniff-Herbert, Lead Organiser for LGBT+ Educators, National Education Union

For more information and to book your ticket, please visit: Festival of Education Agenda