Teachers' anti-bullying conference to return to Northampton

Published: Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The “I’m Still Me!” anti-bullying conference is set to return to Northampton for a third time this spring.

Northampton Borough Council’s LGBTQ Forum, part of the LGBT Northamptonshire partnership, is delivering the event to help teachers and other educators positively tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools. The conference will focus on ending the bullying which often accompanies prejudice and misconceptions around gender and sexuality. 

Matthew Toresen, community co-chair of the LGBTQ Forum and one of the conference organisers, said:  “Over 160 teachers and educators from primary and secondary schools have attended the previous conferences to learn more about tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We realise there is still more to do as all pupils suffer in an environment where bullying happens and it’s not just LGBTQ young people who receive this abuse. What is fantastic is that so many teachers are taking this issue seriously and now know there is support and resources to help them make a difference.”

The conference is free of charge and will include age-appropriate materials for primary and secondary school. Workshops will cover trans awareness, working with LGBTQ young people, tackling hate crimes, and sharing good practice.

I’m Still Me! will take place 9am – 3.30pm on Wednesday 17 May at The Royal and Derngate. Tickets are now available via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/im-still-me-tickets-32851032322