School Diversity Week masterclasses

What are the masterclasses?

Our masterclasses are a unique educational opportunity to learn about exciting topics from the experts. 

Our experts will be hosting short workshops which will spark your interest and develop your understanding in a range of subjects - anything from film-making to creating a campaign.

You'll also have the chance to ask your questions. We'll ask for these before the masterclass so keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels.

We'll follow up each masterclass with an activity so you'll get a chance to try your hand at using your new skills and knowledge.

Who are the masterclasses for?

We have workshops suitable for all ages from primary to secondary. We'll clearly outline the target age group for each workshop, and parents and carers are welcome to watch along with your young people.

How can I watch the masterclasses?

Our workshops will be broadcast on our Facebook page at the times below. There'll be no limit on the numbers of viewers.

We're still confirming some information, so keep checking back to see the updated timetable.

Masterclass timetable and our experts

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Travis Alabanza

26/06/2020 at 12:00

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Travis Alabanza is an award winning theatre maker, writer and performer. Their work has featured in the BBC, Guardian, Independent, Metro and more - and their recent theatre show Burgerz won the Total Theatre Fringe award 2019.

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Dr Ranj

22/06/2020 at 14:30

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Dr. Ranj is a NHS Paediatrician, TV presenter and author. He’s been on the front line during the pandemic and seen first hand the impact coronavirus has had, and what we can all do to stop it. He also supports the work of several LGBT+ charities and organisations, including Just Like Us, to improve the lives of LGBT+ young people. 

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Lady Phyll

22/06/2020 at 12:00

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Fox and Owl

Date and time TBC

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Fox and Owl will delve into the world of filmmaking.

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Olly Pike

23/06/2020 at 14:30

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Olly Pike is the director of Pop'n'Olly -a LGBTQ+ 'Edutainment' resource for children, parents, carers and primary teachers. Olly has written and illustrated six inclusive children's books which, along with his YouTube videos, are being used in primary schools across the UK and beyond, to help teach about equality and diversity. Olly's goal is to combat LGBTQ+ prejudice before it can even begin and aims to build a more accepting society for future generations. His #KennyLives campaign aims to put a copy of his latest book in every single UK primary school.​

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Linda Riley

23/06/2020 at 15:30

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Linda​ will speak about the history of DIVA magazine, why she put it together and why trans inclusion is important to her. 

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Sabah Choudrey 

22/06/2020 at 15:30

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Reluctant activist on most things trans, brown and hairy. Co-founder of Trans Pride Brighton in 2013, and proud trans youth worker since 2014. Public speaker, shy writer and psychotherapist in training. Top three passions right now: carving out spaces for queer and trans people of colour, making friends with cats, and taking selfies from bad angles.

Sabah's session will talk about gender diversity.

Dan Vo

24/06/2020 at 14:30

25/06/2020 at 12:00

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Dan's session for primary is titled 'Love in art' while for secondary it is 'What art history can tell us about ourselves'. Both will look at art history through a LGBT+ perspective.

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Emily Lavinia

24/06/2020 at 15:30

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Influencer and blogger Emily Lavinia  explores what it's like to navigate online spaces as an LGBT person, how to build your presence and be true to yourself, without putting yourself at risk. The online world gives us an opportunity to hear voices that have previously been harder to find. This session will discuss how we tell our stories while staying safe online.

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Sacha Coward

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24/06/2020 at 12:00

26/06/2020 at 14:30

Sacha has been working with museums for around 10 years now. He is passionate about LGBTQ+ history, and has given talks and tours on subjects such as the queer backstory to The Little Mermaid and LGBTQ+ characters in videogames. He is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in history, art and heritage. 

Sacha's sessions will look at 'myths and legends' for primary and 'Gender and sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome' for secondary. 

Cedric Tan

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25/06/2020 at 15:30

Cedric is a lecturer in biology at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford. His passion for the arts and education drives his constant pursuit of novel and exciting ways of mixing science and arts both to engage people with science.

His session is titled the evolution of same-sex behaviour in animals.

...and more to come!

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