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An opportunity to drive positive change for young males in our city and beyond.

  • 03 February 2022
  • 3 min read

Working together to improve the attainment of young males in our city.

In 2021, we hosted a CPD event in partnership with Beyond Equality, focused specifically on boys’ educational experiences and the impact on attainment. The event highlighted an appetite for collective action to champion boys' educational experiences and take action to make positive change for the attainment of disadvantaged young males in our city.

Building a community of practice

We’d like to bring together like-minded practitioners from in and around Portsmouth, who have a drive to improve the attainment of disadvantaged boys in their school and beyond, and who wish to learn from and share with others.

The community of practice will provide space to collaborate, to draw on a variety of expertise and experiences, and support schools in developing plans to tackle the challenges faced by boys in their own educational settings and the wider community. 

CPD opportunities

As facilitators of the community of practice our aim is to support conversations, and shared learning as a group. To help provide opportunities for learning and discussion, we are working in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth and the University of Winchester to deliver a series of ‘Being a Boy’ CPD events for teachers and advisers. 

The series will showcase expert guest speakers, focusing on the educational challenges experienced by young, disadvantaged  males. Examining attainment-related issues, the series will cover themes such as the concept of masculinity, peer pressure and mental health. 

Online events coming up

The Weight of Inequality – 15 June 2022, 4.00pm–5.30pm

For the final ‘Being a Boy’ CPD session of the academic year, we will be exploring the implications of socio-economic inequality on the chances of boys’ educational ‘success’. The session will examine the complex intersections of masculinity, inequality and educational expectations which influence boys’ engagement in formal educational spaces.

Book your space


If you would like to know more about the community of practice, or wish to be part of the meetings. Please get in touch with Kim Skinner, Outreach Coordinator: kimberley.skinner@port.ac.uk