The Gender Assembly

Introducing The Gender Assembly


The Gender Assembly is a one day conference bringing together a vibrant, energised and expert community of educators committed to addressing gender inequality in education.

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Because growing your tools to understand and challenge the ways in which gender inequality causes pervasive problems in schools is the most sustainable way of improving learning outcomes and life chances for pupils and transforming whole school cultures

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The Gender Assembly is primarily targeted at senior leaders and equalities professionals within secondary schools. Join us if you’re committed to driving meaningful and sustainable action to address inequality.

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Professor Becky Francis

Professor Becky Francis

Director of UCL Institute of Education
Founder & CEO, Fearless Futures

Hanna Naima McCloskey

Founder & CEO, Fearless Futures
Chief Executive, Plan International UK

Tanya Barron

Chief Executive, Plan International UK
Executive Director, The GREAT Initiative

Rebecca Collins

Exec Director, The GREAT Initiative

Afua Hirsch

Author, Journalist & Broadcaster


The Gender Assembly Schedule
08:30 - 09:00

Coffee & Registration

Introductions and housekeeping

Led By: Rebecca Collins, Executive Director at The GREAT Initiative
Executive Director, The GREAT Initiative
Rebecca Collins

Welcome Address

Led By: Tanya Barron, Chief Executive at Plan International UK
Chief Executive, Plan International UK
Tanya Barron

Interactive Panel: “Why should we be talking about gender equality in schools?”

Expert panellists discuss the scale of the problem, the biggest challenges, and the barriers to progress.

Moderator: Afua Hirsch, journalist and broadcaster


  • Ros McNeil, NUT Head of Education & Equalities

Afua Hirsch
10:50 - 11:00

Tea & Coffee Break

Interactive Workshop: “Exploring The Issues”

Exploring and mapping the key issues, reflecting on the ways in which inequalities manifest, and contextualising the problems - both hidden and visible - that young people face in our schools.

Led By: Dr Victoria Showunmi, UCL Institute of Education Lecturer

12:15 - 13:00


Keynote speaker: Professor Becky Francis, Director of UCL Institute of Education

Followed by Q&A moderated by: Kerry Smith, Head Girls Rights & Youth Team at Plan UK
Professor Becky Francis
Professor Becky Francis

BREAKOUT 1: Sexual violence and sexual harassment

Understanding sexual violence and sexual harassment in schools and developing a practical toolkit prevention and responses

Breakout 2: Masculinities

Providing participants with a lens to viewing the behaviours of young men in their schools - and to widen their understanding of how to engage with the ‘crisis of boys’ and the impact that constructions of masculinity have on boys themselves, girls and any young people who transgress traditional ‘binaries’
16:15 - 18:00

Closing Reception: Drinks & Networking

Wrap up and close

Summary and reflection led by: Hanna McCloskey, Founder & CEO Fearless Futures
Founder & CEO, Fearless Futures
Hanna Naima McCloskey



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Delivery Partners

The Gender Assembly 2017 is brought to you by a consortium of charitable partners committed to ending gender inequality across society. Click on our logos to find out more!
  • The GREAT Initiative is a gender equality charity based in London.
  • Fearless Futures – For tomorrow's game-changing women
  • A global children's charity.

Sponsors & Supporters

With thanks to all our supporters including: