Celebrating LGBT History month with Ormiston Rivers Academy and #iwill

Watch how pupils at Ormiston Rivers Academy have kick-started a strand of their #iwill activity to coincide with LGBT History Month!

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Did you know that February marks LGBT History Month 2019? February 2019 marked a whole month of educational activity that this year in particular focused on LGBT+ activism in the 50 years since the Stonewall Riots; a truly pivotal moment in the LGBTQ+ community and history. With a wide selection of resources and partner organisations, LGBT History month aims to promote equality and diversity, which they do by:


  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities;
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.*


There have been a whole host of activities throughout our network this month that celebrate, advocate and educate pupils and their wider communities on LGBTQ+ history, issues and experiences, and in particular some academies have taken the opportunity to use the month to kick start a strand of their overall #iwill campaign activities. Ormiston Rivers Acadmey (ORA) are one such site, Melissa Marable, Director of Wellbeing, Head of RS & Citizenship at ORA explains:


"The Pride Youth Network is a student led social action group which tackles prejudice, bullying and discrimination whilst promoting community cohesion and equality. The group wanted to raise awareness of who they are in their local community so created this video so that if any student feels they may need an extra friend they know who to go to. This has also coincided with their work for LGBT History Month at Ormiston Rivers Academy. "


In this brilliant short video created by the pupils at ORA, we hear about how being active members of the Pride Youth Network has helped the school community to promote education and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community - both in the academy and externally, and how this will feed into their overall #iwill project moving forward.





 Brilliant work ORA - we can’t wait to see what comes next in your #iwill journey!




For more on LGBT History Month please click here 

For more on Pride Youth Network please click here

For more on #iwill and our commitment to youth social action, please click here


The amazing #will work taking place in our academies takes place as a result of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) securing £2 million of funding from the #iwill fund and national charity Ormiston Trust to help young people become involved in youth social action. For more on the #iwillfund click here.


*Mission Statement reproduced from the LGBT History Month website, with kind thanks.