Controversial charity Educate and Celebrate is shutting down

Feb 12, 2024 by

by Chris Matthews, Mailonline:

A controversial education charity that encouraged three-year-old toddlers to question their gender has mysteriously shut down, MailOnline can reveal.

LGBTQ+ charity Educate and Celebrate was founded by Dr Elly Barnes, a teacher who received an MBE for her contribution to equality and diversity in education but has since seen her charity and herself rocked by scandal.

When it was running, Educate and Celebrate said it hoped to ’embed gender, gender identity and sexual orientation into the fabric’ of organisations including primary schools.

However, after a series of controversies – from encouraging three-year-olds to question their gender to pushing to replace  ‘Sir’ and ‘Miss’ with gender-neutral terms – the charity has shut down.

Its latest accounts reveal a deficit between expenditure and income of more than £30,000.

The charity formally asked to close itself down on January 3. It will now be removed as a registered charity on the Government website in three months.

When approached by MailOnline, the charity wouldn’t confirm the exact reason it had shut down but suggested its work was not finished.

The chair of trustees Julie Bremner – who was a civil servant for 31 years – said: ‘It was our decision to close the charity.

‘We are all long serving teachers, school leaders and academics who have dedicated our careers to inclusion in education.

‘We will continue our much-needed work through new projects.’

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