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Year of the Dad - Festival of Talent: Conference and Family Fun Day

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As part of the first ever Year of the Dad, Midlothian Sure Start is hosting a Festival of Talent: Conference and Family Fun Day at Lawfield Primary School on Saturday 28 May.

The conference will provide a chance to find out about the ‘Lawfield Dads Inclusion Project’ in an inclusive and enquiring environment.

The purpose of the research was to evaluate the impact of strategies deigned to create more father-friendly schools. Gathering evidence and the views from the school community, school staff, pupils and fathers themselves to help us learn what works for Lawfield.

There will be creative and engaging presentations about strategies for creating more father-inclusive services and the story of making Lawfield Primary more dad-friendly. The floor will then be thrown open to those who have been part of the work from teachers, practitioners, children, dads and families to hear their stories first hand and discuss the project and the development of dad inclusive services.

Storytelling has played a big part in this inclusion and so it is fitting that the day closes with the children, dads and teachers involved in the project showcasing their talent performing ‘Robin Hood and the Merry Dads of Lawfield’.

The Family Fun day will run in parallel with the conference so there will be lots family entertainment and fun activities including cool creatures, outdoor play, storytelling, messy play, magic, craft as well as a free crèche. There will also be stalls and opportunities to meet and network with other organisations.


Outline Agenda

09:30 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Welcome

(by: Chair)

10:15 Opening address

(by: Dr Gary Clapton – Senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, Author of ‘Where’s Dad?’ a ground-breaking report into the lack of representation of fathers in children and family services publicity.)

10:30 Making Lawfield School dad-friendly - Our Story So Far

(by: Jessica Moran – Researcher, Tim Porteus – Dads Co-ordinator Midlothian Sure Start, involved in the delivery of the Lawfield Dads Inclusion Project / Alison Cameron and Chris Wilson of Prestonpans Infant School)

11:00 Whats Your Story? - An opportunity for practitioners, children, dads and families to share their experiences, and discuss the research. Then talk about the relevance of father inclusion within services, particularly education and the potential for development.

(Facilitated by Alison Cameron and Chris Wilson – Prestonpans Infant School, Kevin Young – Dads Work, Sam Pringle and Jessica Moran – Fathers Network Scotland, Tim Porteus – Midlothian Sure Start)

11:45 Lunch

12:45 Robin Hood and the Merry Dads of Lawfield – A family show exploring the themes of dad inclusion with music and laughter

13:45 Final Remarks

(by a guest speaker)

14:00 Close


To register for the event please click here.

May 28, 2016 at 9:30am - 3pm
Lawfield Primay School
26 Lawfield Rd
Dalkeith, Midlothian EH22 5BB
United Kingdom
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Gina McKay · · 0131 654 0489