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Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices


Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel - 30th January 2019

This is the conference of the book and it promises to be just as challenging, practical and inspiring for all those working with children in poverty who need us all to offer them something better.

Featuring keynotes and workshops from some of the books many contributors, we are also joined on the day by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham along with young people from the children's charity based RECLAIM, empowering young people from working class backgrounds to find - and use- their own voice.

NB Profits from the event will go to help support RECLAIM'S important work.


8.30: Registration accompanied by the Wardle Academy Brass Band

9.15: Introduction to the day - Hywel Roberts

9.20: Why this book was compiled and why it matters - Ian Gilbert

9.40: Olivia Clarke and Nia Mac, young voices from RECLAIM 

10.00: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

10.15: Poverty, Disadvantage and Education. The potential - and limitations - of schools to transform lives. Panel led by Debra Kidd and featuring Andy Burnham, RECLAIM, Ian Gilbert

10.45: Comfort Break

11.00: Workshop One - choice of Nina Jackson or RECLAIM'S creative education campaign

11.45: Jaz Ampaw-Farr

12.30: Lunch with opportunity to view sponsor stands and network. Live music plus opportunity to meet with other contributors to the book.

13.15: Dave Whitaker

13.45: Workshop Two - choice of Hywel Roberts or RECLAIM'S Nia Mac, Olivia Clarke and Cara Kennedy on the journey to college and the impact on the community

14.30 Workshop Three - choice of Debra Kidd or RECLAIM'S Terry Manyeh, founder of Educating All programme discussing barriers and benefits for working class people at university. 

15.15: Connect and commit session with Hywel Roberts

15.30: Ian Gilbert concludes the event

15.45: Close


This event promises to be challenging and inspiring in equal measure with plenty of practical ideas and insights to take away. Places are just £199 +VAT and are limited so please book early to guarantee your place.

Click here to see the list of speakers.

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester - we promise it will be a day worthy of such an important book.

Make a booking, ask a question or just say hello.

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