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ABOUT

HeARTful Learning Conference: Creating equality in society through education

The HeARTful Learning Conference, lasting a full day, is free to attend and of particular interest to anyone wanting to create substantive equality in society: from school leaders and teachers, to organisations and individuals working in arts and education. Our focus is on Early Years and primary education.


This event presents inspiring speakers, creative workshops and an opportunity for those working in the arts and education to share insights, questions and learning around gender equality. We want to give participants a toolkit and the inspiration to transform our society into a gender equal experience for all, as well as tackle the widespread issues of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and poor mental health for boys and men.


Join us as we share innovative approaches and articulate both practice and research into how education and the arts, together, can and should be a vehicle for creating greater gender equality in society. 

This conference includes:

  • Key note speeches from Graham Andre (a primary teacher most recently seen in the BAFTA nominated BBC documentary ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free’), Helen Griffin (primary teacher, trainer and author of ‘Gender Equality in Primary Schools – A Guide for Teachers’), and Tatiana Chemi (Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark; exploring the outcomes of gender equal arts-based learning in education.)

  • Learn new ways to integrate gender equality into education and the arts with a range of workshops delivered by experienced practitioners in the field. 

  • Inspire each other through creative conversations during the day about the ways you can help transform our society into a fully inclusive one for people identifying as any gender.



Book your free place now using the link below:

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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GRAHAM ANDRE

Graham Andre is a primary school teacher working on the Isle of Wight. Most recently Graham was seen working with his class on the (now BAFTA nominated) BBC2 documentary ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free’. Through this documentary he has been invited to speak on national TV and live events to talk about its impact. He has always worked in the education sector, starting as a teaching assistant and having various roles before doing a part-time degree and completing his GTP six years ago.

HELEN GRIFFIN

Helen Griffin is a primary teacher, trainer and author of ‘Gender Equality in Primary Schools – A Guide for Teachers’.  Her book sets out advice on how to implement gender equality and respect in the curriculum, and in all areas of school life. Drawing on the 'Gender Respect Project', it provides a framework for a gender equality approach in the classroom, and empowers children to think critically about gender and to respect themselves and others.

TATIANA CHEMI

Tatiana Chemi is an author and Associate Professor in the Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University, Denmark. She works in the fields of artistic learning and creative processes, drama and performance, theatre laboratory and art as activism. Her work and research explores the outcomes of arts-based learning in education pedagogy and museum learning, and her key note will explore the role of gender in creative learning within the arts.

 

AGENDA

Join us

Take a look below to learn about the schedule for HeARTful Learning Conference. If you have any questions about specific activities or event timing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch - we’ll be happy to help.

The kind of conversation I’m interested in is one which you start with a willingness to emerge a slightly different person. It is always an experiment, [the] results are never guaranteed. It involves risk. It’s an adventure in which we agree to cook the world together and make it taste less bitter.”

- Theodore Zeldin

REGISTRATION (8.45AM)

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

KEYNOTE 1 - HELEN GRIFFITHS

KEYNOTE 2 - TATIANA CHEMI

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GROUP WORKSHOP

LUNCH

KEYNOTE 3 - GRAY ANDRE

WORKSHOPS

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WORKSHOPS

CLOSING REFLECTIONS & INTERACTIVE FEEDBACK

 

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS

The HeARTful Learning Conference, lasting a full day, will be an opportunity to share innovative approaches and articulate both practice and research into how education and the arts together can and should be a vehicle for creating greater gender equality in society. It will also explore how to tackle the widespread issues of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and poor mental health for boys and men.

The Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning at The University of Chester warmly invites individuals and organisations to submit proposals for conference workshops for attendees, delivered in an engaging, experiential, practical format and lasting 45 minutes. Proposals should be linked to your own work or experience, and should support how to develop and deliver gender equal Early Years and Primary education.

We have a particular interest in proposals around the following themes:

  • Moving from knowing to acting in relation to gender equality 

  • Proactively changing culture and embedding gender equality consciously through the curriculum, culture and beyond the school gates

  • Ways in which the arts and creativity promote and develop gender equality

  • The link between current educational culture of partial masculinity and femininity, which feeds VAWG and poor mental health for boys and men

  • Power - how to help children navigate all facets of power so they can act from “power within”, rather than “power over”

  • Creating clearer awareness and acceptance of non-binary gender identities 

Click the button below to download a Workshop Proposal Form

(The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm, Sunday 20th October)

 

GET IN TOUCH

The Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning at the University of Chester explores creativity and engagement with the arts across the full course of people’s lives.

The Centre has been established in response to two main factors: the squeeze of creativity to the edges of the education system and the potential for greater use of the arts within health and social care. We support the development of a ‘broad and balanced’ education, and a health and social care sector keen to navigate greater involvement with the arts.

We hope you're able to attend the HeARTful Learning Conference. If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out.