Elly Barnes was voted No: 1 in The Independent on Sundays Pink List 2011 for her commitment to LGBT in education and awarded a ‘highly commended’ by the TES ‘Teacher of the Year’ 2012.
She began Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month celebrations at Stoke Newington School, Hackney, North London in 2005 with a view to eradicating homophobic language and challenging young peoples perceptions of LGBT+ people.
As an experienced teacher, Elly went on to set up her own school as a Diversity Training Centre for teachers in 2010, offering LGBT training and CPD to teachers nationally in how to make their own schools LGBT+Friendly.
Elly has developed her ‘Educate & Celebrate’ teacher training and resource programme over the last 5 years drawing on her experiences of implementing the most effective strategies in the classroom and using feedback from delegates to inform best practice.
Elly is the CEO and Founder of ‘Educate & Celebrate’ and is the LGBT Schools Advisor for Birmingham and Durham City Councils. She works with many schools, colleges and universities across the UK to make them LGBT-Friendly by following her ‘Educate & Celebrate’ programme to create centres of ‘best practice’. Elly is an active union member and a regular public speaker and writer on LGBT issues.