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Exploring gender equality through the arts and education

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A CONFERENCE exploring gender equality through the arts and education is to be held at the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester.

The HeARTful Learning Conference is open to anyone wanting to create substantive equality in society: from school leaders and teachers through to organisations and individuals working in arts and education, with a particular focus on Early Years and primary education.

The event, which takes place on Friday, November 8 from 8.45am to 4.30pm, includes inspiring speakers and creative workshops and is an opportunity for those working in the arts and education to share insights, questions and learning around gender equality.

It aims to give participants a toolkit and the inspiration to transform society into a gender equal experience for all, as well as tackle the widespread issues of violence against women and girls and poor mental health for boys and men.
The conference includes a creative drama-led session delivered by Professor Allan Owens, Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of Chester.

There will also be 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.

Attendees will also learn new ways to integrate gender equality into education and the arts with a range of workshops delivered by experienced practitioners in the field and inspire each other through creative conversations during the day about the ways we can help transform our society into a fully inclusive one for people identifying as any gender.
The event is organised by the Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning at the University of Chester, which aims to explore 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. The centre supports the development of a broad and balanced education and a health and social care sector keen to navigate greater involvement with the arts.
To book a place for this free event visit https://www.heartfullearningconference.com/

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