This is a 28-month project (September 2006 to December 2008), supporting primary teachers in developing strategies to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in their own schools and classrooms.

The project team, led by Elizabeth Atkinson and Renee DePalma at the University of Sunderland, in collaboration with Michael Reiss at the Institute of Education and Nick Givens and David Nixon at the University of Exeter, along with three Research Assistants, will support up to fifteen primary teachers in each year in developing and evaluating strategies for addressing sexualities equality within the context of the broader agenda of providing an inclusive education for all pupils, and an inclusive environment for pupils, parents and teachers. Together we aim to create a research-based community of practice where positive strategies can be shared, explored and developed, then disseminated to the wider teaching and research community through the creation of teaching ideas and resources.

Project objectives include:

  • To add to the understanding of the operation of heteronormativity (the assumption that heterosexuality is normal, so anything else is abnormal) in school contexts.
  • To create a community of practice within which teachers can develop effective approaches to addressing sexualities equality within the broader context of inclusive education.



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Annex

Author: Elizabeth Atkinson Date: 08 July 2009 Full research report

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Full research report

Author: Elizabeth Atkinson Date: 08 July 2009 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Elizabeth Atkinson Date: 08 July 2009 Research summary

Permission to talk about it : narratives of sexualities equality in the primary classroom

Author: Renee DePalma Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Interrogating heteronormativity in primary schools : the work of the No Outsiders Project

Author: Renee DePalma Date: 01 January 2009 Book

Lesbian cinderella and other stories : telling tales and researching sexualities equalities in primary school

Author: Fin Cullen Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Unbelieving the matrix : queering consensual heteronormativity

Author: Elizabeth Atkinson Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

A democratic community of practice : unpicking all those words

Author: Renée DePalma Date: 12 November 2008 Article (submitted)

Using children’s literature to challenge homophobia in primary schools

Author: Elizabeth Atkinson Atkinson Date: 01 January 2008 Article (submitted)

Speaking the unspeakable in forbidden places : addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the primary school

Author: Alexandra Allan Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

Exploring gender identity : queering heteronormativity

Author: Renee DePalma Date: 01 January 2007 Journal article

Speaking with small voices : voice, resistance and difference

Author: Elizabeth Atkinson Date: 01 January 2007 Book chapter

Deconstructing heteronormativity in primary schools in England : cultural approaches to a cultural phenomenon

Author: Renee DePalma Date: 01 January 2007 Book chapter

No outsiders : a university-school collaboration to help stamp out homophobia

Author: Renée DePalma Date: 01 January 2006 Article (submitted)

Start date
31 August 2006
End date
30 March 2009
Grant holder
Dr Elizabeth Atkinson
Co-applicants
Dr Renee DePalma
Professor Michael Reiss
Mr Nick Givens
Dr David nixon
Grant amount
£575,435.85
Grant reference
RES-062-23-0095
Discipline
Education
Grant type