09:00 – 09:45

Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:45 – 10:00

Chair’s introduction and welcome

Lorrin Campbell, Improvement Foundation

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote 1

Closing the gap: tackling the barriers to raising boys’ achievement

Sue Hackman, Chief Adviser on School Standards, DCSF

10:30 – 11:00

Keynote 2

Fighting the anti education culture amongst boys

Chris Keen, Deputy Headteacher, Firth Park Secondary School

11.00 – 11.10


11:10 – 11:40

Morning refreshments and exhibition

11:40 – 12:40

Streamed sessions





Early intervention: working with feeder schools to ensure boys’ underachievement is tackled early

Peter Winter

Assistant Head, Parkview School Barrow in Furness

Challenging peer pressure: motivating students to take an active interest in their education

Rob Batho

Schools Standards Adviser Gender, DCSF

Taking the success of extended schools activities back into the curriculum by using sport in literacy and numeracy lessons

Scott Cohen – Arsenal Double Club Coordinator/Rex Hall Associate responsible for Double Club

Engaging with parents to tackle the problem of boys’ underachievement at school and at home

Kendra Quinn

Teacher, Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College

12:40 – 13:40

Lunch and exhibition

13:40 – 14:10

Keynote 3

Understanding and overcoming socio-economic causes for boys’ underachievement

Dr Steve Strand Associate Professor (Reader) , Institute of Education, University of Warwick

14:10 – 15:10

Streamed sessions





Coordinating teaching staff to ensure raising boys’ achievement is a priority across the curriculum

Dr Máiréad Dunne

Senior Lecturer, School of Education

University of Sussex


Raising boys’ self esteem and confidence to trigger a rise in attainment

Lorrin Campbell and Elizabeth Mynott, Improvement Foundation

Implementing a peer mentoring policy to raise achievement in individual boys

Pre-16 Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator, 

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation

Managing boys’ achievement in year 7 to avoid the key stage 3 transitional dip in attainment

Diane Montgomery

Emeritus Professor, Middlesex University

15:10 – 15:30

Afternoon refreshments and exhibition

15.30 – 16.30

Streamed sessions





Develop an emotionally literate culture to engage and motivate boys

Debbie Morrison

Head Teacher, Coundon Court School

Analysing data to evaluate current progress and creating strategies to tackle boys’ underachievement

Alyson Littlewood

Deputy headteacher, Werneth School

Raising boys’ achievement in action: an urban case study

Nicola Walter, Deputy Headteacher and Les Pearce, Assistant Headteacher, Wood Green High School

Raising boys’ achievement in action: a rural case study


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