About this Archive
Shaun Dellenty is a speaker and internationally celebrated, multi-award-winning teacher-trainer who has been facilitating LGBT+ inclusive learning communities since 2009. Dellenty trained as a primary school teacher while also working as a presenter, corporate host, actor, and stand-up comedian. The two halves of Dellenty’s professional life collided when he began performing and directing Theatre In Education (T.I.E.). After a year in full-time teaching, he left to pursue an acting career, working for the next five years with national Shakespeare tours, voiceovers, TV presenting work, adverts, and television roles.
After a stint playing Dr Steven Rawson on the TV soap "Emmerdale", Dellenty moved to London, where he found more and more teaching work. In late 2009 his school undertook pupil surveys with primary aged pupils. The data revealed that 75% of pupils were experiencing homophobic bullying on a daily basis, regardless of whether they identified as LGBT+ or not: the homophobia was targeted at any child who simply didn’t fit perceived social "norms". Dellenty decided to "come out" as gay to the whole school community in an assembly. He then wrote a compassionate LGBT+ inclusion teacher-training strategy called "Inclusion For All" aimed initially at primary schools and subsequently for faith and secondary schools and teacher-training faculties. Delivered first at his own school with great success, over the next ten years he delivered the training to over 65,000 UK educators. National and international organisations including Stonewall, Amnesty International, Church of England, Kidscape, Show Racism The Red Card, NSPCC, teacher trade unions, and politicians worked with Dellenty to develop their own LGBT+ inclusion offers.
Inclusion For All and Celebrating Difference (a revised version of the training, launched as a business in 2016) is rooted in the realisation that all human beings experience bias and prejudice. In 2016 Dellenty was awarded the Mayor of Southwark’s Highest Civic Honour at Southwark Cathedral and given the Freedom of Southwark, was named "Education Champion 2016" at the national Excellence In Diversity Awards and was presented with a "Points of Light Award" by the Prime Minster for services to education and LGBT+ communities. He has written extensively for journals including the Huffington Post and the Guardian, and his book "Celebrating Difference" was published by Bloomsbury Education in 2019.
Scope and Content
Books, papers, press clippings, correspondence, blog posts, and ephemera regarding the work, publications, training events, conferences, awards, speaking engagements and collaborative projects of educator and LGBTQ+ activist Shaun Dellenty. Includes material regarding his initiatives Inclusion For All and his published work "Celebrating Difference", articles written by Dellenty, articles, and interviews about Dellenty, awards, and recognition for his work, transcripts of certain speaking engagements and work helping to establish inclusion resources with organisations including Transport for London, Church of England, Amnesty International, and Stonewall [2009-2020].