Dr Elly Barnes MBE FCCT was voted No: 1 in The Independent on Sundays Rainbow List 2011 for her commitment to LGBT+ in education and awarded a 'highly commended' by the TES 'Teacher of the Year' 2012 and DIVA Activist of the Year 2018 and more recently became a Fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching. 

As an experienced educationalist, Elly began LGBT+ inclusive work in 2005, setting up their own school as a Diversity Training Centre in 2010, offering LGBT+ training, CPD and resources to schools and organisations nationally.

This whole school approach was recognised by Ofsted as 'best practice' for successfully tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in 2011 and described as innovative and visionary in 2016.

Elly developed her Educate & Celebrate PRIDE in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award Programme by drawing on her research and experiences of implementing the most effective strategies. There are now 100's of organisations accessing Educate & Celebrate services nationally and internationally. 

In 2015, they spearheaded the Educate & Celebrate Programme as part of the pilot Anti-HBT bullying project with the Department for Education for which they received an MBE for the contribution to Equality and Diversity in Education. This was followed by an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Aberdeen.

Throughout the development, Elly partnered with Goldsmiths University of London and together with Dr Anna Carlile wrote a book of research of best practice released in March 2018 called How to Transform Your School into an LGBT+Friendly Place: A Practical Guide for nursery, primary and secondary teachers.

In 2022, Elly became part of the team who created a gloriously colourful and educational children's picture book to celebrate 50 years of PRIDE in London called ABC Pride.

Elly is a regular keynote speaker, consultant, researcher, writer and presenter who speaks at numerous events globally. They are regularly interviewed in the media regarding perspectives on sexual orientation and gender identity. Elly is an energetic, ebullient and inspirational speaker.

'Mesmerising! Such a great public speaker'

'Best Training on ANY topic I've had in years!'

'..just 10 minutes of E&C's training and the way I communicate about diversity has changed forever: So damn good'

Dr EWlly Barnes MBE FCCT, CEO & Founder of Educate & Celebrate

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Dr Elly Barnes MBE FCCT is an experienced educationalist, founder and CEO of Educate & Celebrate, a charity that empowers and supports Leadership Teams, Boards, Governors, schools, young people and businesses to build a future of inclusion and social justice.

Beginning in the UK in 2005 and spearheading the Department for Education HBT anti-bullying project, Elly went on to be voted No: 1 in The Independent on Sunday's Rainbow List 2011 for her commitment to LGBT+ in education and DIVA Activist of the Year 2018. Throughout the development of the pioneering E&C PRIDE in EDI Award Programme, Elly and Dr Anna Carlile wrote How to Transform Your School into an LGBT+ Friendly Place: A Practical Guide for nursery, primary and secondary teachers. In 2022, Elly became part of team who created a gloriously colourful and educational picture book to celebrate 50 years of PRIDE in London called ABC Pride.