SexYOUality

Main aims and activities

Our vision is that young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are fully included in society, with equal access to opportunities, living without fear of prejudice, discrimination and harassment. That young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people are able to make successful and healthy transitions into adulthood and achieve the best of their hopes and potential

SexYOUality offers support and friendship for young people discovering their sexuality and gender in Cambridgeshire.  We deliver a range of different services including drop-in groups across the County where young people questioning their sexuality and gender can meet other young people in a safe and supported environment with professional youth workers. We also offer a service where we meet with young people on a 1:1 basis.

Our experienced staff and volunteer teams can offer a range of services to support schools in tackling homophobia and transphobia,supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered pupils including workshops, assemblies, teacher training, specific campaigns and 1:1 support of young LGB & T people.

Services and prices

We offer a range of bespoke services to suit your school's needs.

PSHE workshops:

Our workshops are interactive and experiential and enable your pupils to:

  • Explore stereotypes, prejudices, attitudes and values in an age- appropriate manner
  • Develop understanding of the impact of homophobia and transphobia on young people’s well-being
  • Better understand the issues that affect the lives of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people
  • Develop skills to challenge homophobic and/or transphobic language and behaviour
  • Take part in active discussion and debate
  • Hear the testimonials of young LGB & T people
  • Understand current law and information on the rights of LGB & T people

Price: £450 full day; £300 half day; £150 per workshop

Workshops and training for staff:

Our training is interactive and experiential and supports staff to:

  • Explore stereotypes, attitudes and values
  • Better understand the challenges for LGB pupils
  • Develop awareness of the incidence and impact of homophobia and transphobia
  • Handle questions and discussions around sexual orientation and gender openly and appropriately
  • Develop means of identifying and challenging bullying and discrimination
  • Develop their understanding of schools’ legal obligations
  • Develop and support pupil awareness at all key stages in line with the requirements of the national curriculum

Price: £450 full day; £300 half day; £150 for a 1.5 hour training session

SexYOUality Gold schools package:

Schools subscribe to a year’s tailor made package and pick from a menu of activities which can include:

  • PSHE workshops
  • Teacher and staff training
  • Governor training
  • 1-2-1 support for LGB & T pupils
  • Specific campaigns and projects within the school
  • Support to develop cross curricular work within the school;
  • Literacy projects
  • Assemblies
  • Policy support
  • Access to a range of educational materials
  • Support in setting up LGBT groups or alliances

Price: £1500 per school for a year

Previous experience of working in schools

We work on an on-going basis with Impington Village College and St Ivo school, both of whom have signed up to the Gold package for the third year running.

We also work with the following schools on an annual basis delivering workshops challenging homophobia:

Linton Village College
Cottenham Village College
Cromwell, Chatteris
Comberton Village College
St.Matthews Primary School
Perse School for Girls

In 2012, we have also delivered workshops looking specifically at relationships and equality issues in:

Manor School
Thomas Clarkson (Wisbech)
Chesterton
Castle School (SEN)
Coleridge

We work with over 2000 pupils a year in Cambridgeshire.

Our work in primary schools has been recognised as best practice within Stonewalls Education guides and our work is mentioned in OFSTED guidance.

Links into the PSHE framework

Stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice
Anti-bullying
Self-esteem
Sexuality
Homophobia & Racism
Dealing with pressure and persuasion
Relationships
Sexuality and sexual orientation

Quality assurance rating

Values standard fully met

Training & development standard fully met

Planning & evaluation standard fully met

Safeguarding standard fully met

Delivery competence standard fully met

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SexYOUality

Contact details

Contact name:
Lara Jaffey – Chief Executive

Email:
office@syacambs.org

Web:
http://www.syacambs.org

Tel:
01223 369508

Opening times:
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

Locations covered

All of Cambridgeshire

Ages worked with

All ages

Quotes from teachers

Thank you for arranging for such a relevant, vibrant and inspiring speaker to talk to our students! (Mrs Di Akers - Teacher of Art and Year 13 tutor)

My form were really impressed by the assembly. It provoked some fascinating discussion about the difficulties of coming out at school. (Miss Fleur McLennan - Teacher of English and Year 12 tutor)

We felt the assembly tackled the issues in a very positive way. (Miss Clare Sherwood - Head of Year 10)

SexYOUality were superb. Their manner in dealing with our pupils was excellent: they tolerated no poor behaviour or attitude and encouraged open and frank discussion, with appropriate levels of humour. They dealt with the subject matter in a sensitive but highly informative manner, and engendered a very positive response from the pupils. I genuinely think we'd be hard pressed to find any other group who could improve upon the way SexYOUality dealt with this subject matter. (Year 9 teacher - Comberton School)