FI Training: Dad Factor mini-conferences for schools

13 September 2010

Sample template for a Dad Factor mini-conference

A strategic event for up to 50 delegates: including head teachers, teaching staff, learning mentors, extended services and family learning practitioners.

The event will consider a whole school approach to engaging fathers, the impact on children’s attainment and present the resources for undertaking it.

9.30 – 10.00 Coffee and Graffiti Wall to collect issues from the local schools/local authority.

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and Introduction – Chaired by FI

10:10 – 10:40 Warm up session setting out the agenda using information from a pre-conference consultation and from the graffiti wall about local issues and challenges.

10:40 – 11:00 A best practice case study introduced and facilitated by the chair, showcasing outstanding father-inclusive practice in an education setting.

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee

11:15 – 12:15 Workshop in cabaret style: The session will present the research and evidence base and consider the benefits and challenges of engaging fathers in children’s learning and education. The session will also present six key elements of an effective whole-school strategy for engaging fathers:

  • Leadership
  • Team
  • Environment
  • Marketing
  • Recruiting Fathers
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

12:15 – 12:30 Question and answer session: The session will provide solutions to some of the questions raised in the workshop and will present FI resources and publications which can enable schools to develop their work with fathers.

Cost: £2,100 (plus VAT) for up to 50 delegates.

To find out more contact our National Practice Development Manager Jeszemma Garratt on tel 0791 7864130 or email

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