Workshop: Owning up...exploring unconscious bias

This half day workshop aims to provide a space and an opportunity to explore issues relating to prejudice that we encounter today and to reflect on our personal responses and responsibility.

Using film, activities and discussion we will encounter and recognise biases that affect us all and from which we can explore the values of inclusion and equality which are integral to our roles as educators and colleagues.

We all have biases, some of which we are aware, others we may not recognise. Our biases can be harmful to our relationships in the workplace and beyond.

This workshop will help attendees:

  • understand bias;
  • express their own experiences with bias;
  • learn to recognise bias in themselves; and 
  • provide them with the tools to tackle their own bias and the bias they face from others. 

This is a reflective, discursive and participative workshop with various exercises and activities that you will be able to take back to your workplace for use in the classroom and with colleagues to support them through the same discovery.

Event Specifics:

  • Registration from 09.30 for a 10.00 start (workshop expected to end 13.30).
  • Refreshments available throughout (tea, coffee, fruit juice and light snacks).
  • All materials required will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring a note pad if they wish.
  • Accessible venue with free parking outside, lift to workshop room, accessible toilet and hearing loop available.
  • None of the activities will be physically demanding – this session is appropriate to all accessibility levels.
  • Session suitable for all education staff – in classroom or not.
  • Free for all Voice members.
  • Non-members welcome (£5 charge to cover refreshments costs). 



Val Ross 

Val, a member of Voice’s Council, Chair of EEC and a manager for the Anne Frank Trust UK is experienced at delivering unconscious bias and equality and dignity training. She has worked in education and training for more than 20 years prior to which she worked as a Policy Maker, Researcher and in community housing regeneration.

She has organised and delivered training programmes for volunteers, staff and learners in many settings successfully delivering cross sector and intra organisational opportunities to engage with inclusion, cultural awareness, citizenship and enrichment through workshops, speakers' programmes and exhibitions.

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Workshop: Owning up...exploring unconscious bias

Saturday 16th March
Voice HQ 2 St James' Court Friar Gate Derby DE1 1BT

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