Reflecting Realities: British Values in Children’s Literature Conference

1st March, 2017 - 09:30 am to 16:00 pm
Price: £220.00


Reading Writing

British Values in Children’s Literature 1 March 2017. This conference is now past.

This timely and important conference will consider the role that children’s literature has to play in helping us make sense of the world around us and our place within it. Delegates will explore why we need to ensure that children from all backgrounds and experiences are represented in the books they encounter. They will investigate how high quality children's literature can be used to raise self-esteem, encourage empathy and develop social cohesion; creating a foundation upon which our pupils can grow to be resilient, articulate, confident and literate individuals. 


Delegates will hear from legends in the field of children’s literature sharing the wealth of their experience and how this has informed and continues to shape the landscape.

Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE

 Actress, broadcaster and author of Coming to England

Elizabeth Laird

Author of The Garbage King and Welcome to Nowhere

Miranda McKearney OBE

The Empathy Lab

Find out more about Floella Benjamin, Elizabeth Laird and The Empathy Lab.

Writers Workshops

The workshops will focus on how renowned authors in the field develop their work, where they find inspiration as well as insights into their process and how we can draw on this to inform how we support children in finding their own authorial voice.

Workshop 1

Candy Gourlay

Rosy Cheeks and White Picket Fences; Writing What You Know

Workshop 2

Catherine Johnson

Re-framing Black History Month; Finding Ourselves in the Pages of Time

Workshop 3  

Anthony Anaxagorou

Out-Spoken; Helping Children Find their Voice

Conference details

The conference will feature a pop up bookshop from Letterbox Library who will be selling a selection of high quality, relevant texts on the day. Delegates will have the opportunity to get their books signed by the authors. They will each receive a delegate bag with associated teaching resources. Photography takes place at some of our events. If you have any concerns please email [email protected] or talk to a member of CLPE staff.

Places for this conference are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment. 

"It’s not merely the ability to read that matters. It’s how and what and why we read. Literature allows us to lock minds with other people from every age and background, helping us understand not just what they think, but how they feel."

Sue Palmer