Shaun Dellenty suffered from relentless years of homophobic bullying himself as a teen, but turned his own experiences into inspiration to tackling the issue. The teacher, Deputy Head at Alfred Salter Primary in Southwark, wrote the Inclusion for All (IFA) teacher training program, using his experiences as a bullying survivor and a school leader.The training increases confidence amongst school communities and helps shift a school’s culture and ethos to promote LGBT+ inclusion. He has spent years delivering anti-bullying training and workshops across the UK – and has even advised Parliament on policy.
This week, he was named the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Presenting him with the award, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Shaun’s anti-bullying programme ‘Inclusion for All’ is having a fantastic impact on increasing awareness of homophobia in schools.
Mr Dellenty said: “To be recognised as a Point of Light by the Prime Minister is an unexpected and incredible honour. I am heartened that this potentially lifesaving work is being recognised at the highest level and I trust this sends a clear message to all our school leadership teams that all of our amazing young people have a right to be safe and successful in our schools, regardless of identity or orientation; there can be no exceptions.