Andrew MoffatNo Outsiders
Andrew Moffat has been a teacher for 24 years and currently leads on Personal Development for Excelsior Trust. He is the author of “No Outsiders in our school: teaching the Equality Act in Primary Schools” and a new resource released in March 2020, “No Outsiders: Everyone different, everyone equal”.
Andrew was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to equality and diversity in education and in 2019 he was listed as a top 10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. In January 2019 as protests emerged at Andrew’s school about the inclusion of LGBT equality in No Outsiders, his work became a focus for the debate around teaching of relationships and different families in primary schools. In May 2029 Andrew led Birmingham Pride with LGBT Muslims. Later in the year Andrew received a number of awards for his work including “Role model of the year” from Pink News and “Hero of the year” from the European Equality and Diversity Awards. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Worcester.
No Outsiders: educating for community cohesion in 2020
No Outsiders is a primary school resource that prepares children for life in modern Britain by teaching about the different, diverse communities we live in. The central message is that everyone is welcome in our school; using the protected characteristics in the Equality act 2010 as a base, children are taught that whoever you are you belong. There are no outsiders in our school because no one is left out.
If we are to teach children about equality, we cannot leave certain groups of people out. In the past year there has been tension from some groups about the inclusion of LGBT equality in the resource. No Outsiders remains a resource that is taught in hundreds of schools across the UK and continues to grow.