Our final Equal Play webinar: Child's Play: Fun beyond stereotypes took place online on Tuesday 28 November.

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How do stereotypes impact Children's ability to play and have fun in the way they want to?

With an expert panel of speakers, Child's Play will explore issues relating to gender and racial stereotypes in sports, toys and books. Together we will look at what equal play looks like in practice, with tops tips, advice and lived experience to help practitioners and parents best support children to enjoy and embrace play, beyond the barriers of stereotypes.

     Below is a list of useful resources for teachers and care givers shared by our speakers and delegates at the live event 

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    Chair: Lesley Nelson- Addy

    Lesley is currently completing her PhD in Education at the University of Oxford and is an Education Manager at The Runnymede Trust.

    Prior to this, Lesley was a PGCE English Curriculum Tutor at the University of Oxford for 4 years and a secondary English teacher at two state schools in Oxfordshire for 5 years. 

    Lit in Colour is the most recent research project Lesley has worked on - she co-authored the report, is an advisory board member and is heavily involved with the strategic and creative direction of Penguin’s campaign to diversify the authors taught in primary and secondary English.

    Kate Dale 

    Kate is Director of Marketing at Sport England where they were responsible for the delivery of This Girl Can, a multi-award-winning campaign changing the way millions of people think about exercise and physical activity that has inspired more than 2.9 million women and girls.

    Kate is invested in speaking on the gender gap in sport, including women and girls' experience of sport and physical activity and exploring issues such as fathers and daughters' engagement in sport, girls' sports kits and the impact of gender stereotyping in physical education. 

    Kate is a former journalist, trustee for Find Your Voice CIC and a member of the Women's Sport Collective Advisory Panel.

    Olivia Dickinson 

    Let Toys Be Toys is an award-winning campaign asking the toy and publishing industries to stop limiting children's interests by promoting some toys and books as suitable for girls and others only for boys. The Let Toys Be Toys campaign challenges gender stereotypes in childhood, especially in toy marketing, publishing, education and the media.
    Olivia has over 20 years of experience working in children's media across CBeebies, Sky Kids, Moonbug, Discovery Education, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and Outright Games. She has extensive expertise in how to challenge inequalities in childhood, as a key member of the Let Toys Be Toys campaign. She freelances as a digital consultant, and also offers consultancy for children's media on how to ensure programmes and digital products for children are inclusive, often through a 'gender lens'.

    Olivia leads the Inclusivity Working Group at CMC, is a member of the executive group responsible for Diversity and Inclusion at The Children’s Media Foundation, was Deputy Chair for the DfE advisory panel on apps for home learning in 2019, is juror for the BAFTA Children's and Young People Awards and she has an MA in Early Childhood Studies. 

    Charlotte, Girlguiding Advocate

    The Girlguiding advocate panel gives girls a platform to use their voices and seek change at the highest levels. The advocates are a group of Girlguiding young members aged 14 to 25 that lead the direction of Girlguiding's advocacy and research.

    Charlotte has been a member of Girlguiding for 17 years. She started as a Rainbow and has progressed through the programme to become a Guide Leader in Liverpool.

    She joined the advocate panel because she was motivated by the opportunity to raise awareness of neurodiversity, She is passionate about encouraging girls to persue their dreams regardless of whether the career is stereotyped.

    Charlotte is 22, has graduated from the University of Liverpool with a law degree and is currently studying for her solicitors qualifying exam.

    • Read our Unlimited Potential report and find out how Fawcett worked closely with Ofsted to change the Early Years handbook to now include challenging stereotypes as a requirement to receive level ‘Good’ at inspections.

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