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Centre for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education

About the Centre

The Centre for LBGTQ+ Inclusion in Education was established in November 2017 as a Centre for research and practice. The academic lead for the Centre is Professor Jonathan Glazzard. Jonathan is Professor of Teacher Education and was appointed to the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University in July 2017.

The Centre is committed to challenging all forms of prejudice, discrimination and marginalisation towards individuals and collectives in schools and colleges who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/ Questioning and others who have gender identities or sexual orientations that differ from the heterosexual and cisgender majority. Through its research we will provide evidence-based recommendations to support the development of LGBTQ inclusion in education. Our research enables us to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in educational institutions, including the experiences of children, young people and staff. Through our research we provide voice and agency to those who have been marginalised.  Through research, research informed professional learning, and the production of research informed resources we seek to transform the cultures of educational institutions so that individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ can experience a sense of belonging through a positive affirmation of difference. 

There are eight research strands to our work:

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Through our research projects we explore the perspectives of children, young people and staff who work in schools and colleges who identify as LGBTQ+. This helps us to understand the issues and informs the development of the recommendations which we produce. 

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We produce digests to educational institutions which summarises the outcomes of our research and the implications for practice in accessible and concise formats.
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We provide a suite of professional learning opportunities for schools and colleges to provide a forum for sharing research findings into LGBTQ inclusion. Our research will support practitioners and educational leaders to transform institutional cultures and practices.

Developing a Whole School Approach to LGBTQ+ Inclusion Workshop

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We develop strategic collaborative partnerships with other organisations to support us in developing and disseminating our research. 

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We provide a research informed quality mark / accreditation for schools and colleges to evidence and show effectiveness and impact of their whole school approach to LGBTQ+ inclusion.

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We run an annual research symposium to disseminate our research into LGBTQ inclusion in education. 

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We facilitate a research network for practitioners to support the development of effective practitioner research in educational institutions. 

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We produce a monthly professional journal. This is a compilation of articles written by academics and practitioners. These articles illuminate issues in schools and colleges and share best practice in relation to LGBTQ inclusion in education.

Current research

We are currently exploring the experiences of school leaders who identify as LGBTQ+.

Collaborate with us

The Centre for LBGTQ+ Inclusion in Education values the opportunity of working together. Our aim is to collaborate with other organisations, to develop new projects and initiatives, shape and inform policies, share ideas and knowledge and signpost outstanding provision. Our vision is to be stronger together. Please contact us at LGBTQnetwork@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 

LGBTQ Members

Jonathan Glazzard, Michael Green, Kate Bancroft, Claire Birkenshaw, Claire Smith, Gaby Crolla, Shaun Dellenty, Hannah Jepson, Ian Lamond, John Shepperd, Sharon Slinger, Samuel Stones, Sir Steve Lancashire. We work in partnership with #LGBTed


Available Resources:

This exciting series is contemporary and accessible. It synthesises key research on LGBTQ+ inclusion in a range of educational settings and highlights implications for practice. 

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To find out more contact

Professor Jonathan Glazzard

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