Dr Shaun Dellenty

Shaun Dellenty (NPQH, FCCT, FRSA, B’ed Hons, HonDrEd) is a multi-disciplined and multi award- winning speaker, storyteller, trainer, writer, educator and advocate for LGBT+ inclusion.
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Shaun Dellenty (NPQH, FCCT, FRSA, B’ed Hons, HonDrEd) is a multi-disciplined and multi award- winning speaker, storyteller, trainer, writer, educator and advocate for LGBT+ inclusion.

In 2010 he was widely reported as the one of the first UK gay state school primary school leaders to ‘come out’ to his whole school community in the national and international press. Shaun wrote the acclaimed 2019 Bloomsbury book ‘Celebrating Difference- A Whole School Approach to LGBT+ Inclusion’ recommended in UK Parliament by Lord Michael Cashman and recorded in Hansard.

Shaun has worked in education since 1996 variously as a primary phase class-teacher, subject lead, school leader, cross borough strategic school improvement advisor, school governor and initial teacher trainer. Shaun currently works part time as a secondary school DEI lead, whilst also continuing writing, performance, consultancy, presenting and his global advocacy in school, charity and business settings.

In 2009 Shaun founded the acclaimed compassion-based LGBT+ inclusion education strategy ‘Inclusion For All’ initially aimed at tackling LGBT+ bullying in his (then) London Primary School. Around 120,000 UK education professionals alone have since benefitted from Shaun’s talks and training in state primary, secondary and faith schools in addition to the independent sector and initial teacher training providers.

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Shaun has spoken at numerous national and international education, human rights and anti-bullying conferences and online webinars. Shaun’s global reach now extends to over twenty-five countries with his most recent work reaching eight European countries and audiences in Mumbai and North America. Shaun is widely lauded as a powerful, inspiring and authentic speaker displaying tremendous resilience, compassion and vulnerability. Shaun speaks about DEI (with an LGBT+ focus) as well as mental health and even his days in the acting profession!

In addition to his school and university-based work, Shaun has supported numerous national and international organisations with intersectional LGBT+ inclusion strategies, including the Church of England, NSPCC, Safer Networks, BBC, Houses of Parliament, Show Racism The Red Card, National College, Kidscape and Amnesty. Shaun also delivers numerous education conference talks and lectures for business diversity and affinity networks including HSBC, Lloyds, BBC, Wipro and Ibstock and he has supported a number of teacher trade unions in development of school-based support for LGBT+ stakeholders.

Shaun has helped numerous organisations produce resources and training materials to support schools with LGBT+ inclusion, including the NAHT, National College and The Open University.

Shaun has also advised at UK government committee and policy level. Between 2016 and 2019 he facilitated a three-year island wide change-management process on the Isle of Man In to support the Island to embrace LGBT+ community members in schools and other public services, including presentations at the Tynwald with the Chief Minister and other government ministers in attendance.

In 2016 Shaun was designated a ‘Point of Light’ for services to the LGBT+ and education communities by the Prime Minister and twice named one of the 100 most influential LGBT+ people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday ‘Pink List.’ In 2016 he was also named ‘Education Champion’ at the national Excellence In Diversity Awards and honoured with the Freedom of Southwark. In 2020 he was named Guardian top twenty figures in public life ‘Global Diversity List’ alongside Barrack Obama. Orpah Winfrey and Jacinda Ardern. In 2021 Shaun was bestowed with the Freedom of the City of London and named a ‘Pride Inclusion Advocate’ by Pride Life Global. In 2022 he was top 50 on the first ever UK Diversity Power List. He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate form the University of Derby for services to the LGBT+ and education communities.

Shaun is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the National Association of Headteachers LGBTQ+ Network. He is an adviser to the Global Equality Collective and a contributor to several other books including the recent book from DiverseEd ‘ Manifesto’ published April 2022.

Shaun’s work has regularly featured in national and international press, and numerously on podcasts, the BBC, Channel Four, Sky News, ITV Daybreak and most recently on the Pride and Progress Podcast and Radio 4’s acclaimed ‘Soul Music’ episode honouring the legacy of 80s LGBT+ pop group Bronski Beat’s song ‘Smalltown Boy.’

Shaun’s recent clients include BBC, Council of International Schools, Out Britain, Diverse Educators, East Kent Together, London South Bank University

Shaun lives in London with his husband whom he married in the Houses of Parliament in 2016. Shaun is a member of actors union Equity and has appeared in a range of theatre and TV and film productions including the film ‘After 82’, the long running soap Emmerdale as well as numerous voice overs and live presentation work. Shaun is currently writing his second book ‘That Gay Teacher’ a memoir of his life and advocacy.

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Adversity & Resilience
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Education
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Unconscious Bias
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Mental Health & Wellbeing
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In my 19 years of teaching the day spent with Shaun and our pupils was my most powerful day in education. Within school now there is a clear LGBT+ presence and voice. I do feel that they can see themselves reflected more in school that before and I have heard far less homophobic language within the school.

Ben Eyres - Assistant Headteacher Ramsey Grammar School, Isle of Man

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Pupils and staff really enjoyed him – I thought it was very powerful to have the personal testimony from someone in education – also, he was funny and energetic – he shot a hole through every possible justification of prejudice.

Assistant Head

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