Educational Equality Conference - National Practitioner Day

Room SB213, Sentamu Building, Bowerham Road, LA1 3JD Lancaster


The Educational Inequality conferences are focused on cutting edge research and innovation to support young people educationally.

The Educational Inequality conferences are focused on cutting edge research and innovation in the pedagogy of youth work, social work, education, further education and higher education in statutory, private and charitable sectors. The conferences are grounded in a shared passion and commitment to provide an equitable education for everyone ensuring all children, young people, pupils and students thrive and an intolerance for ‘dropout’, ‘NEET’, bullying, exclusion, educational failure and other such phenomenon. As such they adopt a critical pedagogical stance towards education and are focused on understanding the issues and moving to action to resolve them.

The events provide a professional development and research capacity building opportunity for teachers, social workers, youth workers, lecturers and leaders and managers. The first conference is focussed exclusively at practitioners, hoping to enable changes at the front lie of education, youth work and social work practice. The second conferences is an open academic conference bringing together expert audiences who are committed to developing research-informed practice to tackle educational inequality. In addition to two provocative keynotes there is a choice of sessions on a wide range of research-informed practice in education as well as workshops to support wider discussion and dialogue. The conferences are part funded by Erasmus+ and are part of the three year Marginalisation and Co-created Education (MaCE) project.

National Practitioner Conference Agenda

09.30 Welcome and networking

09.45 Welcome to the conference and to the University of Cumbria (Vice Chancellor Julie Mennell / Pro-Vice Chancellor Brian Webster-Henderson)

10.00 Overview of the MaCE Project – MaCE-Coordinator Professor Mette Bunting, USN

10.15 Equalities Literacy Framework- Professor Kaz Stuart, UoC.

10.40 Social Reproduction and Social Inclusion in Education – Associate Professor David Thore Gravesen, VIA

11.00 The Indirect Approach in Research and Learning – Associate Professor Geir H. Moshuus, USN and Peter Hornbæk Frostholm

11.20 Coffee

11.45 What we learned from these youth voices for education and social services – Assistant Professor Kathrine Bordevich, USN and Steve Walker, UoC.

12.15 What we learned from co-researching with students for higher education – Sidse Hølvig Mikkelse, VIA and Dr Paul Cammack, UoC.

12.45 Buffet lunch and networking

13.45 Student voices – how our co-researchers found the project - Debbie Terras (UK), Marie Møller Skau (N) and Josefine Raunkjær (DK) (To be confirmed)

14.15 Keynote Professor Carolyn Jackson – Title TBC.

15.00 Drawing out learning and pledges to change – world café

15.45 Close

You are welcome to attend this event if you are a practitioner, leader, manager or commissioner in any sector supporting children and young people.

**Places are limited**

There are 35 free places for each day, and a further 35 fee paid places for each day (£50 per day).

Places allocated on a first come first served basis.


Call for International Conference Contributions

Your proposed contribution should relate to the overall conference theme Practical Solutions to Educational Inequality. Reducing the symptoms of Early School Leaving, Drop Out, NEET, Exclusion, Absence, Truancy and ‘Failure’, and should address one or more of these aims:

In submitting your proposed contribution you will need to provide a concise title (140 characters maximum) and a 250 word abstract. All proposals must consist of innovative practice or research to understand or address educational inequality and include up to six key references to signal delegates to the underpinning theory and research. There are four different formats to choose from. Proposed contributions are peer-reviewed by at least two committee members. In some cases you may be given an opportunity to amend your proposal and you may be asked to switch formats depending on the programme requirements. 

To find out more and submit a paper please complete the online form.  Closing date for contributions 2nd March 2020.



Room SB213, Sentamu Building, Bowerham Road, LA1 3JD Lancaster

MACE and Erasmus Plus