Helping Boys Cope, SEP'16

Helping Boys Cope with a Rapidly Changing World

27 September 2016
Eton College, Windsor, UK

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Preparing boys to be successful students and citizens requires them to be aware of the rapid changes that are happening in society; it also requires schools and educators to be sensitive to the impact of these changes on boys of all ages. This conference will examine the crucial issues of gender identity, mental well-being, and adolescent development. As we contemplate this shifting landscape of boys’ development, we'll finish the day with a session that explores ways schools can create more effective models of pastoral care.


Vibrant keynote speakers will offer insight into the impact our changing world has on boys. Gain timely advice from:

  • Author, TV/radio pundit, mental health champion, and leader of the Self Esteem Team, Natasha Devon MBE, who is an expert on self-esteem, body image, and mental health (review Ms Devon's List of Resources for Teachers and Parents);
  • Award-winning writer, activist, and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, who promotes gender equality;
  • Ian Morris, leader of the Well-being programme at Wellington College, Berkshire (review Mr Morris' conference presentation); and
  • Eton Lower Master (Deputy Head) Dr. Bob Stephenson, who collaborates with the Oxford University Centre for Emotion and Affective Neuroscience and the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge, to research cognitive bias modification and risk-taking behaviour in adolescence.

Featured conference speakers are Natasha Devon MBE, Laura Bates, Ian Morris, and Dr. Bob Stephenson, each of whom brings unique perspective to issues of gender identity, psychological health, and adolescent development. Consult conference speakers for full details.


Complete your online registration here. Payment may be made via credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or bank wire transfer. Registration officially closes on Friday, 23 September 2016.

  • IBSC Member Rate is approximately £95/person ($125 USD)
  • Nonmember Rate is approximately £128/person ($170 USD)

Timings and Venues

All speaker talks will take place in Jafar Hall; coffee and registration will be in the Masters’ Common Room in Bekynton; and parking will be down South Meadow Lane next to the Orderly Room. All venues, including parking, will be fully signposted. Review the complete program schedule here.