Pride & Progress

Pride & Progress

By Adam & Jo

A podcast that amplifies the voices of LGBT+ educators and celebrates the power of diversity

Episodes

S2, E14: Peter Tatchell, Human rights campaigner and activist

In our final episode of the series, we are joined by the formidable Peter Tatchell (He/him). Peter has dedicated his life to campaigning for human rights and has been involved in activism for over 50 years. In this episode we discuss his fascinating life and career which is featured in the Netflix documentary Hating Peter Tatchell (https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81422831). You can follow Peter's work by signing up to his website, https://www.petertatchellfoundation.org, or following him on Twitter @PeterTatchell. We hope you have enjoyed this series of Pride and Progress, and as ever, please share your feedback with us on Twitter @PrideProgress. The Pride & Progress bookclub is launching this September, and you can sign up for the first meeting using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pride-progress-book-club-tickets-383306880197  Thanks for listening and we'll see you soon for series 3! Adam & Jo
30/07/2249m 7s

S2, E13: Paul Baker - Researcher and author of LGBTQ+ history

This week we are joined by the fascinating Paul Baker (he/him). Paul is Professor of English Language at Lancaster University. He has written 22 books on language, sexuality and social history - covering topics that include Section 28, Polari, gay men in the merchant navy, and newspaper coverage of LGBTQ+ people.  In this conversation we talk about the importance of connecting with older generations of LGBTQ+ people, to learn our history, and the lessons we can learn from their fight for equality. We discuss Paul's most recent book: Outrageous! Which charts the story of Section 28 and the battle for LGBTQ+ education. We loved Paul's book so much that we have started our own Pride & Progress Bookclub! Find out more, or sign up, using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pride-progress-book-club-tickets-383306880197 We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress and Paul @_paulbaker_. Thanks for listening!
23/07/2250m 4s

S2, E12: Nick Kitchener-Bentley - Teacher, researcher and writer

This week we are joined by the ray of sunshine that is Nick Kitchener-Bentley (he/him). Nick is a wonderfully positive and encouraging voice in education and among his many roles is a secondary school Lead Practitioner and teacher of Drama, Inclusion & English. Nick is also the Drama subject specific lead tutor for Coventry University’s National Institute of Teaching and Education and has an interest in LGBTQ+ inclusion in education, working with LGBTed as part of their Steering Group. Nick joins us to discuss his work in making schools more LGBTQ+ Inclusive, his recent contribution to the Diverse Educators: A Manifesto book, as well as a fascination discussion about professional identity. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress and Nick @NBentleyTweets. Thanks for listening!
09/07/2250m 7s

S2, E11: David Lowbridge-Ellis - Headteacher, writer and trainer

This week we are joined by an incredible headteacher, writer, and thinker, David Lowbridge-Ellis! David uses he/they pronouns and is an inspirational headteacher, and the Director of School Improvement for Matrix Academy Trust in the West Midlands. He has written and spoken extensively on many aspects of education, especially curriculum and assessment. Inclusion is a recurring theme in his writing and speaking and he joins us this week to chat about the barriers queer people in education face. In this episode, David shares lots of brilliant tips on how to make educational spaces more inclusive, and how to be an effective, authentic leader in education.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress and David @DavidTLowbridge. Thanks for listening!
25/06/2251m 22s

S2, E10: Charlotte Feather - Educator, researcher and activist

This week we are joined by an incredible educator, researcher and activist, Charlotte Feather! Charlotte uses she/her pronouns and is the founder of the LGBTQ Primary Hub: a website which aims to enhance the delivery of LGBTQ+ inclusive education in primary schools by providing teachers with the support they need.  Charlotte has just completed her Masters, with research focusing on the experience of queer early career teachers, and is now an academic tutor with the University of Sunderland running one of the UKs only Gender and Diversity University Modules. She joins us this week to talk all things LGBT+ education, and shares some fascinating insights from her research. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress and Charlotte @MissFeather_.  Thanks for listening!
04/06/2243m 54s

S2, E9: Fisayo Akinade - Heartstopper's Mr Ajayi

This week we are delighted to speak to the wonderful Fisayo Akinade (he/him). Fisayo is a brilliant actor of both screen and stage, and plays the teacher we all wish we could have had at school, Heartstopper's Mr Ajayi! Fisayo joins us to talk about his acting career, dancing with Olivia Coleman and, of course, all things Heartstopper! We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress.  Thanks for listening!
21/05/2253m 51s

S2, E8: Heartstopper

This week we have assembled some special friends of the show to discuss what has been consuming all of our lives for the last week - the new Netflix series Heartstopper. Heartstopper is a British coming-of-age story of queer romance based on the graphic novels of the same name by the brilliant Alice Oseman. The story follows a group of queer young people as they navigate falling in love as an LGBTQ+ young person. In this episode, our guests George White (he/him), Allison Zionts (she/her), Karan Bhumbla (he/him), and Aisling Walters (she/her), come together to discuss their favourite characters, moments, and messages from the beautiful queer love story. You can catch up on all eight episodes of Heartstopper on Netflix, and read about this story and others on Alice Oseman's website: https://aliceoseman.com We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress. Thanks for listening!
30/04/2242m 27s

S2, E7: Daniel Tomlinson-Gray - Director and co-founder of LGBTed

This week we speak with the brilliant Daniel Tomlinson-Gray (he/him). Daniel is a secondary teacher and co-founder and director of the fantastic LGBTed (https://outteacher.org). In this episode we discuss the origins of LGBTed, the amazing work they do through their Proud Leadership programme, and the inspiring book, edited by Daniel: Big Gay Adventures in Education: Supporting LGBT+ Visibility and Inclusion in Education (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/036789422X/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_i_8Y15YVSARC87T87K1E9X). We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress, and LGBTed @LGBTedUK. Thanks for listening!
23/04/2246m 32s

S2, E6: Catherine Lee - Professor of Inclusive Education & Leadership

This week we are joined by the incredible Professor Catherine Lee (she/her). Catherine trained as a PE teacher before stepping into academia at Anglia Ruskin University. In this episode Catherine shares her personal experience of educating through Section 28, and how she has moved from that experience to set up the Courageous Leaders programme designed to support LGBTQ+ leadership. We discuss Catherine's research, and she shares with us why LGBTQ+ leadership matters, and why LGBTQ+ people are uniquely prepared to make excellent school leaders.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress, and Catherine @DrCatherineLee. Thanks for listening!
09/04/2241m 7s

S2, E5: Bennie Kara - Author, teacher, senior leader and co-founder of Diverse Educators

This week we are joined by the inspirational Bennie Kara (she/her). In this packed episode, we discuss Bennie's journey from Teach First all the way to senior leadership, how her intersectional identity led to the birth of Diverse Educators, and the success of her fantastic book, Diversity in Schools (available here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-little-guide-for-teachers-diversity-in-schools/bennie-kara/9781529718546). Bennie is the master of a metaphor and we can't stop thinking about her amazing 'labels have care instructions' analogy! We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can also follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress, and Bennie @benniekara. Thanks for listening!
26/03/2245m 39s

S2, E4: Edel Cronin & Aaron Brooks - LGBTQ+ Clubs in school

This week we speak with two brilliant LGBTQ+ role models: Edel Cronin (she/her) & Aaron Brooks (he/him). In their school in Bristol, Edel and Aaron run a LGBTQ+ club for students which has grown to change the attitudes of their entire school.  In this episode, Edel and Aaron share practical tips on LGBTQ+ clubs in school, queer inclusive curriculum, and LGBTQ+ leadership. They work together, and achieve fantastic things in their school. They share their work so freely on twitter - so do follow them to support your work in school!  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, you can also follow us on twitter @PrideProgress, Edel (@MsE_Cronin), and Aaron (@english_brooks). 
12/03/2243m 35s

S2, E3: Shaun Dellenty - Author of 'Celebrating Difference'

This week we speak with the inspiring educator Shaun Dellenty (he/him). Shaun is a multi-award-winning teacher, LGBT+ inclusion advocate, trainer, inspirational speaker and author who has been named one of the most 100 influential LGBT+ people in the U.K. Shaun was honoured at the National Diversity Awards and by the U.K. Prime Minister for services to education and LGBT+ communities. His inspirational first book ‘Celebrating Difference -A Whole School Approach to LGBT+ Inclusion’ was published in 2019 and was recommended in the U.K. Parliament by Lord Michael Cashman. In this episode, Shaun tells us how a simple pupil voice survey kick started his work in LGBT+ inclusion. He tells us how a training programme designed to support his own school went on to support thousands of teachers in hundreds of schools around the world.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on twitter @PrideProgress, and connect with Shaun @ShaunDellenty
26/02/2251m 20s

S2, E2: Helen Richardson - Primary Deputy Head

This week we speak with Helen Richardson (she/her), a brilliant Deputy Headteacher of a large primary school in Nottingham. Helen started working on anti-racism at her school, which later developed into all things diversity, where she was nominated to lead the diversity network for her school’s Trust. From there, Helen joined the Nottingham City Equality Action Team where she’s working with Directors of Education, Nottingham Citizens and MATs across Nottingham to improve the diversity of the curriculum and recruitment and retention of black and global majority teachers. In this episode, Helen discusses her experiences of growing up during Section 28, the amazing work she does with diversity and the curriculum... and receiving a 'coming out pot plant'! We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress and Helen @DiversityDeputy. Thanks for listening!
12/02/2259m 30s

S2, E1: Sue Sanders - Co-founder of LGBT+ History Month and Lynne Nicholls, Chair of Trustees for Schools Out

Welcome to Season 2 of Pride & Progress! We are thrilled to kick off Season 2 with one of the co-founders of LGBT+ History Month, the inspirational Sue Sanders. We are also delighted to be joined by the Chair of Trustees for Schools Out, Lynne Nicholls. You can explore the huge range of resources available for this year's LGBT+ History month at https://lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress, Sue @suesanders03, Lynne @NichollsLynne, Schools Out @SchoolsOUTUK and LGBT+ History Month @LGBTHM. Thanks for listening!
29/01/221h 9m

S1, E2: George White - "Sir, can you be a transgender RE teacher?"

This week we speak with the amazing George White (he/him) who shares his experiences as a trans RE teacher in a Catholic school.  The way George presents LGBT+ visibility in his school and gets colleagues and students to question their own views and beliefs is truly inspiring. George also shares some fantastic, practical advice about how to make classrooms and schools more inclusive.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress, and George @geowle.  Thanks for listening! 
11/01/2243m 11s

S1, E16: Jo Brassington & Adam Brett - “We've learnt so much from these conversations”

Welcome to the final episode of season 1 of Pride & Progress. This week the tables are turned as the fabulous George White returns to the podcast to interview us. We discuss the first season of the podcast, the stories we have heard, the lessons we have learnt, and share some more of our own stories.  Thank you so much to everybody who has supported the podcast, as a guest, or as a listener. It has been a true pleasure to hear these stories, and to be able to share them with you. We hope you enjoyed listening to the stories as much as we enjoyed curating them.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this season, and you can get in touch with us as always on Twitter @PrideProgress. Thanks for listening!
10/07/2144m 45s

S1, E15: Scott Cartwright - "I feel like I am a microcosm of difference"

This week, in our penultimate episode of the series, we speak with the fabulous Scott Cartwright (he/him). Scott is a trainee English teacher and joins us to discuss how his degree in stand up comedy helped him prepare for the classroom, his experiences of joining the profession as an LGBT+ teacher, and the amazing work he is doing to celebrate and promote diversity in his school. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress, and Scott @_MrSTCartwright. Thanks for listening!
03/07/2149m 22s

S1, E14: Hannah Wilson, Diverse Educators - “Making sure that everyone is seen and heard”

This week we speak with a truly inspirational educator, Hannah Wilson (she/her). Hannah is a former headteacher, and the co-founder of #WomenEd and #DiverseEd. Diverse Educators offers an amazing array of resources, training, support and blogs which you can access at www.diverseeducators.co.uk.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @PrideProgress, and Hannah @Ethical_Leader. Thanks for listening!
26/06/2141m 0s

S1, E13: Troy Jenkinson - "I wasn't able to experience any role models"

This week we speak with the brilliant Troy Jenkinson. Troy is a primary school Headteacher and in this episode talks about starting his teaching career during Section 28, the work he's done with Andrew Moffat and No Outsiders and authoring childrens' books. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress, and Troy @JenkinsonTroy. Thanks for listening!
19/06/2148m 20s

S1, E12: Adam Breslin - “You have power, go out and change the world!”

This week we speak with the amazing Adam Breslin (he/him), whose PhD research focuses on LGBTQ+ rights and activism within education.    In this episode, Adam leads a fascinating conversation about the power that every teacher, child, and young person has to change the world through small acts of gentle activism.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress, and Adam @AdBPhD1.  Thanks for listening!
12/06/2158m 33s

S1, E11: Eilidh Vizard - "The ways in which they think are incredibly gendered"

This week we are joined by the awesome Eilidh Vizard (she/her). Eilidh is a secondary Science teacher who is passionate about representing both women and LGBT+ in STEM subjects. In this episode we discuss gendered language, being a STEM and LGBT+ role model... and perhaps most importantly, Eilidh's gorgeous cat Rupert (check out the picture on Twitter!). We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress.  Thanks for listening!
05/06/2137m 49s

S1, E10: Ian Eagleton & James Mayhew - “Making happy endings inclusive”

This week we are joined by two fantastic guests: Ian Eagleton (he/him), and James Mayhew (he/him). Ian is the author of the fantastic new picture book ‘Nen and The Lonely Fisherman’, which is illustrated by James. Ian and James share with us how their gorgeous book came to be, and why stories like theirs are so important for young children. We discuss love, hope, and making happy endings inclusive. You can order your own copy of ‘Nen and The Lonely Fisherman’ now! We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress, Ian @MrEagletonIan, & James @mrjamesmayhew.  Thanks for listening!
29/05/2152m 6s

S1, E9: Claire Birkenshaw - “This is it, this is who I am”

This week we have a fascinating conversation with Claire Birkenshaw (she/her). Claire is an incredible educator, and an inspiration to us both. In our conversation we discuss marginalised groups, school leadership, the power of shared stories, and how to create inclusive educational spaces. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress, and Claire @C_Birkenshaw.  Thanks for listening!
22/05/211h 8m

S1, E8: Kyrstie Stubbs - "I see it as my moral duty"

This week we speak with the inspirational Kyrstie Stubbs (she/her).  Kyrstie is the Principal at Boothroyd Primary, an incredible Academy that approach diversity, equity and inclusion in a truly holistic way. DEI is a golden thread that runs through all aspects of Boothroyd Primary -  you can check out some of the amazing work being done here: http://www.boothroydprimaryacademy.co.uk. In this episode, Kyrstie talks about how she sees creating a culture and ethos of inclusion as her moral duty, and shares some fantastic stories and examples about how she and the school have done this, and the lasting impact it has had. We hope you enjoy listening to Kyrstie's story as much as we did. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can get in touch on Twitter @PrideProgress, and with Kyrstie @KyrstieStubbs. Thanks for listening!
15/05/2141m 13s

S1, E7: Andrew Moffat, No Outsiders - “Everyone different, everyone welcome”

This week we speak with the inspiring Andrew Moffat (he/him). Andrew is the creator of ‘No Outsiders: Everyone Different, Everyone Welcome’, and has been awarded an MBE for his work with equality and diversity in education. In this episode Andrew shares the story of No Outsiders, and emphasises the importance of schools bringing their community with them on the journey of inclusive education. The No Outsiders lesson plans are a brilliant resource for all primary schools to teach their children that we are all different, and that difference should always be respected. No Outsiders is now a registered charity, and you can find out more about them at: https://no-outsiders.com/ You can also watch the video we reference in the episode here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI9VS38xmDs We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode and you can get in touch on Twitter @PrideProgress, and with Andrew @moffat_andrew. Thanks for listening!
08/05/2154m 48s

S1, E6: Karan Bhumbla - "I'm letting students know that you can be Indian and you can be gay"

This week we speak with Karan Bhumbla (he/him) who shares his experiences as a gay, Indian, Science teacher. Born in India, Karan later moved to Canada and now lives in the UK where he is a Science teacher, Head of Year and Lead Practitioner at an all boys Academy. In this episode we discuss what it was like to grow up gay in India, the importance of being a role model, intersectionality and the challenges and rewards of working in an all boys school. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress, and Karan @MrBhumbla. Thanks for listening!
01/05/211h 4m

S1, E5: B Guerriero - “I decided to give the gift of my coming out”

This week we speak with the wonderful B (they/them) who shares their experiences as a non-binary educator.  In this episode we discuss gender, binaries in education, and how to make educational spaces more inclusive for trans people.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode, and you can follow us on Twitter @prideprogress, and B @guerriero_b. Thanks for listening!
24/04/2143m 43s

S1, E4: Dominic Arnall, Just Like Us - "We believe LGBT+ young people should lead awesome lives"

This week we speak with Just Like Us CEO, Dominic Arnall (he/him). Just Like Us is an LGBT+ young people's charity who's mission is to empower young people to champion LGBT+ equality. Just Like Us want all young people to know that being LGBT+ is something to be celebrated! In this episode, we speak about the great work that Just Like Us do to support LGBT+ young people and schools. Just Like Us provide a range of resources and support that we highly recommend, including their Ambassador and Pride Group programmes. They also run School Diversity Week, which this year takes place from 21st to the 25th of June. Signing up is free and you will be sent a toolkit of resources suitable for your school and key stage: https://www.justlikeus.org/school-diversity-week. We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode. You can get in touch on Twitter @PrideProgress, and with Dominic @Dominicarnall and Just Like Us @JustLikeUsUK Thanks for listening!
17/04/2133m 29s

S1, E3: Allison Zionts - “I get to be the teacher I wanted when I was young”

This week we are speaking with the brilliant Allison Zionts (she/her). We discuss disrupting heteronormativity and creating safe spaces in school, as well as Allison’s experiences as a bisexual teacher and running her schools LGBT+ club, called the Rainbow Club. In this episode Allison draws on her experience as a teacher, as well as her PhD research into LGBT+ safe spaces, to discuss heteronormativity and bisexual erasure. Allison also shares some brilliant advice for teachers trying to make their educational spaces more safe and inclusive for LGBT+ people.  We love to hear your feedback, so please rate and review this episode. You can get in touch on Twitter @PrideProgress, and with Allison @GetUpandTeach.  Thanks for listening!
09/04/2145m 0s

S1, E1: Welcome to Pride & Progress!

Welcome to a new podcast called Pride and Progress!  Pride and Progress celebrates the amazing work being done to make educational spaces more LGBT+ inclusive. Each week we speak with a range of LGBT+ educators, allies and activists and hear their incredible stories of progress.  In this first short episode, we introduce ourselves as your hosts and talk about some of the fantastic upcoming guests we have for this series.  We hope you enjoy listening to this series as much as we enjoyed recording it. You can let us know your thoughts on Twitter @prideprogress.  Thanks for listening!
27/03/218m 32s
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