Suffolk Rainbow Conference 2017

Free Suffolk Rainbow Conference 2017 at University of Suffolk on Monday 3 July 2017 for people who work with children and young people.

Suffolk Rainbow Conference logo

On Monday 3 July 2017 at University of Suffolk

  • Free
  • 9.30am to 3.45pm
  • At The Atrium, Northern Campus, 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ

For professionals who work with children or young people including:

  • teachers
  • headteachers
  • governors
  • support workers



Olga Hopper (workshop)

Elizabeth Harris, Tollgate Primary School

Email if you've any questions
Outreach Youth
Suffolk One
Tina Stagg

Iain Owens, Bungay Primary School

Email if you've any questions

Tollgate school logoElizabeth works at the outstanding Tollgate Primary School in Newham, London as a deputy headteacher. Tollgate is a Teaching School, an Initial Teacher Training Centre and part of the Boleyn Academy Trust. 

Initially a psychology graduate, Elizabeth fell in love with teaching whilst working as a teaching assistant. She specialises in inclusion and has worked with staff at Tollgate to achieve accreditation from the National Autistic Society, the Inclusion Quality Mark and Stonewall School Champions.

Find out more at Tollgate Primary School


Boost Felixstowe logoJosh trained in Youth Work and Ministry through Oasis College and went on to complete an MA in Pastoral Ministry.

He has experience in church, para-church and school environments and has been Chaplain to Felixstowe Academy since July 2014.

Josh specialises in Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) and also leads the academy House Structure and Rewards System.

Find out more at Boost Felixstowe

You can sign up the workshops on the day.

Workshop 1: Radical Inclusion, by Joshua Hunt from Felixstowe Academy

Josh is a 27 year old school chaplain working at Felixstowe Academy.

He is one of the UK's first chaplains to work in a school with 'no religious character', and regularly speaks locally and nationally about faith and education.

Hear about how spirituality can become part of the everyday conversation of a school community, and explore how young people are really engaging with faith today.


 Workshop 2: Helping Young LGBT*Q+ People Out by Outreach Youth and Andy Fell

Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning from Outreach youth will share their experiences of growing up as LGBT*Q+ people in Suffolk. 

With some quizzes, activities and laughter - hear their lived life stories and how we can support other young LGBT*Q+ people together.


Workshop 3: LGBT+ at One by Sam Hanley, Chris Fenner and students

This workshop will explore how staff at One created and implemented a new LGBT offer which included things like a weekly club providing a safe space for LGBT students, a noticeboard and forum.

They will explain how their strategy was created in co-operation with their students. This workshop will also allow you to hear from the students themselves about their experiences of this change of approach.


Workshop 4 by Iain Owens and Amy Chambers from Bungay Primary School 

Inclusive Primary Education: 6 steps to make a school more inclusive, safe and bully-resistant...(because that makes for better learners too!)

This workshop will explore how we strive to create an environment where pupils feel safe and valued and developed systems that support children to be heard, to be resilient, to thrive.

Nothing we do is rocket science and all of the 6 strategies we engage with can be adapted or tailored to fit a variety of settings that seek to support young people to make them feel they belong.

All our ideas are stolen, 'magpied', borrowed and reinvented from other schools, settings, experts, practitioners and trailblazers alike...maybe there's something you could take away and adapt to support the young people you work with?


Workshop 5: Children with EAL - how to improve your school's provision, assessing EAL learners by Olga Hopper at Ranelagh Primary School.

This workshop demonstrates effective provision for pupils who are learning English as an additional language and whose progress may be causing concern.

The workshop explores appropriate assessment procedures and provision. It provides step by step guidance on dealing with new arrivals in the classroom.

The workshop will give you the skills and confidence to successfully integrate these pupils into the classroom, ensuring pupil progress and improved classroom practice for children with EAL.


Workshop 6: Jan Sampson from Mermaids

This workshop will cover:

  • Mermaids, who are we and what do we do.
  • Terminology, a brief overview.
  • Increase in numbers of Transgender children and teens.
  • Supported vs unsupported, the statistics.
  • The impact of supported versus unsupported children and teens.
  • Getting names and pronouns right.
  • Making facilities appropriate for all.

There will be the opportunity to ask questions.


Workshop 7: Inclusion - Pure and Simple by Tina Stagg, SENDCO at Cedars Park Primary School

This workshop aims to do exactly as it says on the tin. With budgets getting tighter and the time available getting shorter, this session will focus on how you can establish simple, cost-effective and efficient inclusive practice in your school.

Focusing on transition, pupil passports, ways to ascertain pupil voice and ways to gain that the all important parent engagement, hopefully you will come away with ideas that can be easily and quickly implemented in your own school.

In the words of the song, I hope you are "going to be there!"