Educational Equality Conference - National Practitioner Day

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


An international research conference seeking practical solutions to support young people to succeed 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.

International Conference Agenda

08.30 Coffee and networking

09.00 Opening and Welcome to the University of Cumbria (Vice Chancellor Julie Mennell or Pro-Vice Chancellor Brian Webster-Henderson).

09.10 Welcome and overview of MaCE, key findings, and learning from the National Practitioner Conference – Professor Kaz Stuart, UoC, Professor Mette Bunting, USN, Associate Professor David Thore Gravesen, VIA

09.40 Keynote: Professor Diane Reay – Miseducation

10.10 Coffee

10.45 Parallel session one

12.15 Lunch

12.45 Poster session

13.15 Parallel session two

14.45 Coffee

15.15 Parallel session three

16.45 Bringing it together – closing comments.

You are welcome to attend this event if you are a practitioner, leader, manager, commissioner, student, researcher or academic.

There are 35 free places, allocated on a first come first served basis. Later places are booked for a fee of £50 per day.

If you wish to present at the conference, please email for an abstract submission form.

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:

Developing critical understandings of the structures and contexts that create inequality

Understanding the lived experience of educational inequality for young people and practitioners

Developing solutions that support young people, practitioners, organisations and policy towards equity

Developing equitable pedagogy in higher education

Empowering and innovative research methods

Practitioner, student and scholar activism – achieving social change through research.

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.

Submission guidelines

There are four different formats available for the Educational Inequality conference, each with particular advantages. All sessions at conference are chaired and we keep everyone to time to enable maximum opportunities for dialogue. In making your submission you should choose one of the following.

‘Research or practice exchange presentations’ are particularly suitable if you are reporting on a current well-developed research or innovative practice project in educational inequality and action research. Up to 15 minutes presentation with 15 minutes minimum of discussion.

‘Poster & Pitch presentations’ are great for networking because you will be in a group based on a specific theme with a five minute presentation to accompany your portrait style A0 poster and if you wish you may provide a hard copy handout. You will then have around twenty minutes discussion with members of the audience interested in your poster. Poster and pitch contributions may be on innovative practice or research.

‘Round table presentations’ again are great for networking because placed in a themed group you will be sharing your project with interested colleagues through a five minute informal presentation which you may support with a hand copy handout. The themed discussion goes around the table picking up on relevant aspects of your project.

‘Micro presentations’ are tightly timed with just five minutes then five minutes for discussion but in effect it is a ‘micro keynote’ because you get the full attention of the whole conference audience. Delegates will know who you are and will want to discuss further during networking opportunities built into the programme. Micro presentation proposed contributions may be on innovative practice or research.

For all formats we welcome work within particular educational contexts, programmes and curriculum subject areas but it is important that you identify points of interest and implications for a wider range of practitioners and educators.

The proposed contributions are evaluated against the following criteria:

The conference is linked to an open access journal – “The Journal of Youth Voices in Education: Methods, Theory, Practice” to which you are cordially invited to submit a paper. All papers will be peer reviewed by the editorial team.

The purposes of ‘The journal of Youth Voices in Education: Methods, Theory, Practice’ are:

If you would like to publish in this journal please contact David Thore Gravesen at: dtg@via.

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