On Wednesday 29 February our Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Team organised a conference at Brasshouse Centre.

The aim of the conference was for SEND learns to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of LGBTQ+ History. The organisers invited Dr Emily Garside as a keynote speaker, a writer and researcher who works extensively within the LGBTQ+ community. 

Dr Emily has previously taught SEND learners and her presentation engaged and kept the interest of the attendees. Our learners found Dr Emily’s presentation Understanding LGBTQ+ Identities and History very interesting, especially hearing about the historical events. Learners were confident enough to ask quite poignant questions such as “what is the attitude toward gay people now?” and some learners shared the impact LGBTQ+ issues have on their personal lives.

Ilgun Yusuf, Principal and Head of Service for BAES, joined for the second half of the conference and was very impressed with the exchange of ideas and learning taking place.

Jocelyn Riley, Programme Manager for SEND, said,

“The slogan for our subject area is SEND includes me and the team are passionate about delivering a programme that empowers our learners to be inclusive, and independent citizens. In our SEND programme we aim to make important topics such as LGBTQ+ history accessible for learners.”

Congratulations to the SEND team for organising such an important and interesting conference and thank you again to Dr Emily Garside for her engaging and informative presentation.

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