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Highlights and press coverage: Creating Positive Futures for Boys and Young Men

On November 19th, the Men and Boys Coalition held our inaugral annual conference ‘Creating Positive Futures for Boys and Young Men’, with a focus on the critical issue of boys’ academic, emotional and relationships education – an area of public policy that has long since been ignored.

The event was an extraordinary success, with gripping speakers in a packed room, engaging with an enthralled audience. Key speakers at the conference at Mary Sumner House in Westminster included:

  • Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee and former Minister of State at the Department for Education.
  • 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

Below are short clips of some of the speakers which give a flavour of the expertise and breadth of content covered by the event.

Extensive press overage of the day are linked to at the end of this post.

A huge thank you to all of our speakers and delegates who made the conference such a success.

Men and Boys Coalition Steering Committee

Sonia Shaljean, founder and Director of Lads Need Dads

Natasha Devon MBE, mental health campaigner and author

Dr Mahamed Hashi, co-founder Brixton Soup Kitchen

Press coverage

Sally Weale: (The Guardian)  – https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/nov/19/education-experts-call-for-take-your-son-into-university-day-attainment-gap-england-female-male-students?CMP=share_btn_tw

Mary Curnock Cook OBE: (WonkHe) – https://wonkhe.com/blogs/men-boys-and-educational-attainment/

Study International: https://studyinternational.com/news/will-this-new-plan-fix-the-gender-gap-in-uk-higher-education/

Robert Halfon MP: (Conservative Home and based on his conference speech) –https://www.conservativehome.com/thecolumnists/2018/11/robert-halfon-why-are-white-working-class-boys-underachieving.html

Natasha Devon MBE: (TES) – https://www.tes.com/news/boys-are-disadvantaged-education-and-mental-health