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EDIF Project Update

Well, it’s been over a month since the LGBT History month events at Morley College and we are pleased to say that there has been some really good publicity around LGBT HM and the Educate Out Prejudicedefinition project in the media! In this BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Gay Rights: Tying the Knot?’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yggdf listen to this interesting broadcast, and look out for a mention 35 minutes in.

The British Council had an International Live stream on LGBT and ESOLdefinition in which our project was also mentioned on 3 slides as an example of cross college integration, details on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkygkkowp60


Also, here are some related links to other publicity:

LGBT Information Day

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Eat Your Words

This short course encourages students to learn cake decorating skills whilst embracing and interrogating LGBT language in relation to names and labels.  The course is led by artist Lucille Power.


We are using the medium of cake decorating to explore perceptions, language and labels used to describe LGBT people and their lives.  As we learn different ways to decorate cakes, we discuss the power of words.  This will lead to us creating an art-work of cakes iced with words and images we have collected over this short course, which we will invite students and staff to share with us, encouraging people to eat their words.


Session 1 saw us working with glace icing, to create base-layers on cakes, and learning different methods of mixing colours into icing. 


After an initial introduction to and overview of icing types and uses for different design outcomes, we got practical, and created a lot of mess mixing icing, experimenting with colour and consistency, all crucial in the process of icing cakes.


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Good practice for embedding LGBT cross-college

Morley College was used as an example of good practice for embedding LGBT cross-college in the curriculum at the British Council seminar on Thursday 13th February in an international live stream.

In her talk Laila El-Metoui, who has been co-ordinating Educate Out Prejudicedefinition with Carole Powell, suggests that in order for the education provider to be truly inclusive, the institution needs to have:

•             Zero tolerance policy – policy needs to be enforced through lesson observation

•             Visibility (posters displayed in prominent locations, course guide inclusive of diversity of students, etc.)

•             Teacher Training  / staff training on how to tackle discrimination

•             Teaching resources  (including induction materials) inclusive of LGBT, easily accessible

•             Paperwork  (forms, incident records, policy, etc.) that reflect the range of gender identity and sexual orientation

•             Forum to raise issues / concerns (does the complaint form include homophobia and transphobia)

•             Inclusive data collection and monitoring

•             Support for learners ( access to services inside and outside of the institution

•             Support for staff

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Exploration of Equality and Diversity in the ESOL Classroom

Laila El-Metoui (Co-ordinator of the Educate Out Prejudicedefinition Project and ESOLdefinition tutor at Morley College) presented a discussion on Equalitydefinition and Diversity in the ESOL Classroom yesterday evening at the British Council. The talk was broadcasted live with a small international audience.

Here is the Youtube Link to the video:



You can see the slide about the Educate Out Prejudice Project at Morley College at around 45:00 mins.

We hope you enjoy the presentation and find it useful, please do leave some feedback or question on youtube, or email [email protected]


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Common Ground Exhibition Open & Rainbow Windows


The Common Ground Exhibition is now open in the Cardew Space at Morley College!


The Reception has been transformed to celebrate LGBT HM...

We are getting ready for the Information Fair this Thursday! Feel free to come along - Sue Sanders and local organisations will be speaking at Morley college, open to all! More Information here




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Confirmed LGBT History Month Events taking place at Morley College as part of the Educate Out Prejudice Project!

A series of events and courses at Morley College celbrating LGBT lives and achievements:

Common Ground 3-13 February 2014,Cardew Space. An interactive display exploring differences and commonalities.

Local and Historical Perspectives: LGBT Information Fair  6 February 2014, 11:00 - 15:00, Emma Cons Hall. An information fair providing practical information and advice with stalls and speakers. Talks include:11:00- 12:00 How we can Educate Out Prejudicedefinition: ‘Visibilising and Usualising’ Sue Sanders, founder of LGBT History Month, with introduction by Maggi Hambling;13:00 - 13:45 Reporting Hate Crime in Southwark LGBT Liaison Officers, London Metropolitan Police;14:00 - 14:45 Metro @30The Metro Centre;14:45 - 15:00 FamiliesTogether London: Supporting Your LGBT Child. Register here through Eventbrite

With One Voice  7 February 2014, 19:00 - 21:15, Emma Cons Hall. An evening of performances from Morley staff, students and groups within the community. The evening will include the Diversity Choir as special guests and a screening of Codebreaker, a short film about a choral commission commemorating British codebreaker Alan Turing, who was recently posthumously pardoned for his 1952 conviction for homosexuality. This event will be theofficial launch event for national LGBT History Month Celebrations. Register here through Eventbrite

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Get tweeting - LGBT History Month Events at Morley College

The digital buzz created by the hashtag #Edifund on Twtter, has really helped promote the Educate Out Prejudicedefinition project, and has also enabled us to reach interested organisations and individuals in the UK and
beyond. It's amazing to think how easily we are able find out through Twitter how #teachdifferent is getting on up in the North of the UK. We can also see that the Educate Out Prejudice project has the piqued the interest of teachers from the USA, Canada, Australia and Asia!  All of this without leaving our office on Westminster Bridge Road. We are using the hastag created by Niace #Edifund for the Educate Out Prejudice project,
so let us know how you are getting on, and follow us @morleycollege on Twitter.

LGBT History Month Events at Morley College

The college has set up a range of exciting events, as part of LGBT History Month.  Morley College is delighted to have secured a partnership with LGBT History Month and to be hosting the premier showing of their November Launch Show film at the LGBT History Month Music Showcase 2014 on Friday 7th February!

Details of our external events can be found here on the Morley College website: http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/news_and_events/events/filter/lgbt+history+month

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Eat your Words

New free course at Morley College as part of LGBT History Month starting on Wednesday 22nd January for 4 weeks.Feel free to refer your students.

This course aims to use a medium of cupcake decorating to explore perceptions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgenderdefinition (LGBT) people, and is a fun way to investigate the use of language and labels. The decorated cupcakes will be shared with other college students at a tea party at a final session of the course. Students would be able to learn basic cake decorating techniques and people will literally Eat their Words!

Full information and details about the course can be found on this link: http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/community_learning/3757-eat_your_words/14320

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From ESOL and Beyond!

Our ESOLdefinition Curriculum Pilot has now begun! We have had a good response and many eachers from ESOL and beyond have shown a keen interest in getting involved with the pilot.  Tuesday 7th January was our first teacher briefing.  Some staff expressed the needs to get support and training with embedding LGBT within their lessons and Morley college will be delivering a tailor made session on Tuesday 14th January.

The Pilot has attracted staff from ESOL,  English (Literacy and GSCE), Embedded vocational ( English and childcare) and Access, which is a great response. The team has done a some research on what is currently available (see below).

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News Update on Educate Out Prejudice at Morley College


The small team involved in the project has been very busy last term with setting up a range of initiatives and activities for this term, with a particular focus on an extensive programme of events for LGBT History Month in February 2014.

The project covers:

• Data Collection.

• Pilot of teaching resources for ESOLdefinition.

• Staff training.

• Extra Curricular events (LGBT History Month February 2014).

• Students and Staff focus group.

• The production of a film documenting the process.

So far, we have already had one meeting with staff and students; recruited a pool of teachers to design teaching resources and materials; identified staff development training opportunities; and finalised a programme of events for February 2014. A free Community Learning course, open to everyone, has also been set up: