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Creating Positive Futures for Boys and Young Men

Do you want to be part of a ground-breaking event that can help us improve the lives of boys and young men in the UK?

Then why not reserve your place at ‘Creating Positive Futures for Boys and Young Men’ — a landmark and solution-focused conference taking place in London on November 19th that will focus on the critical issue of boys’ academic, emotional and relationships education.

Date and time: 09:00 to 17:30, Monday November 19th 2018

Location: Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton St, Westminster, London, SW1P 3RB

To see the schedule and line-up of presentations and speakers for the day, click here:

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To buy tickets, visit our Eventbrite page here:


Boys’ academic achievement is an “orphan issue” — no organisation in the UK is raising this on a holistic basis, despite the fact that the education attainment gap between girls and boys has been growing for 30 years.

In 2017, 65,000 fewer men went to university than women — over the past ten years this figure is 520,000 — and every year this gap continues to expand.

Who’s it for?

The conference will be of interest to teachers, universities, educationalists, youth workers, policy makers, academics, health care professionals and anyone who has a commitment to improving the well-being of boys and young men in the UK.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers who will cover issues ranging from academic attainment, boys’ reading and access to university; to mentoring and fatherhood, interpersonal relationships, mental health and narratives around masculinity.

Many of the speakers we are proud to count as members of the Coalition and all of them are leading experts and campaigners in their fields.

Speakers include:

  • Keynote: Robert Halfon MP, Chair, Education Select Committee
  • Former head of UCAS and leading advocate for addressing boys’ educational underachievement, Mary Curnock Cook OBE
  • Writer, campaigner and former Government children’s mental health champion, Natasha Devon MBE
  • David Wright, a qualified early years teacher, leading advocate for more men in early years teaching and an adviser to the Government on gender diversity in the workforce
  • International expert on the global issues facing boys’ education, Prof Gijsbert Stoet
  • Colour Blind Awareness, the country’s leading charity advocating for the 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women who experience this little-recognised special educational need
  • Award-winning boys’ and young men’s mentoring charity, Lads Need Dads
  • National male sexual abuse survivor support charity, Survivors Manchester
  • LGBT youth sexual and mental health charity, Metro
  • The Ulster University Taking Boys Seriously long-term education research project
  • Phosphoros Theatre,  a London-based company that makes political performance starring refugee and asylum-seeking actors — how do stereotypes about race and masculinity impact on the experiences of young male refugees?

Why get involved?

By taking part in this landmark event, together we can take action to improve boys’ education and well-being.

By attending this conference you can:

  • Hear the latest expert views on boys’ education in the UK
  • Hear best-practice on removing the barriers to boys’ academic attainment access to university
  • Network and meet others who share your interest in improving boys’ education and well-being
  • Hear from young men themselves on the issues they face and the support they need
  • Share your knowledge and experience with others
  • Contribute to our future work advocating boys

To a large extent, the life outcomes of people of any age are directly affected by the quality of education, both academic and personal, that they received as children — education has a direct impact on numerous other disadvantages facing men and boys, such as homelessness, imprisonment and unemployment.

Whether your interest is specifically in improving boys’ educational outcomes, or on the wider issues that disproportionately affect men and boys, the day will offer fascinating insights and discussions that we hope will be a springboard for concrete action.

We would love for you to be a part of this vital conversation. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Reserve your place here: