In conversation with Andrew Moffat, MBE and Matt Hawksworth, Young People’s Producer PDSW

As Pride Month was coming to an end, we marked the moment with recorded live chat and Q&A with Andrew and Matt to discuss the importance of kindness & inclusivity in the current climate & the role of the arts and dance theatre in supporting diversity conversations.

“Kindness & Inclusivity in 2020”. Watch this very special event and hear one of the UK’s leading educational specialists in diversity & inclusion share his insights and experience on how we can best support our children & young people as they discover their place in the world and also how we might better educate ourselves in the essential areas of kindness & inclusivity.  

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Have a read about all the inclusivity work that Andrew and Matt are involved in.

Andrew Moffat has been a teacher for 25 years and is currently Personal Development Lead for Excelsior Mat Trust, which oversees four primary schools in Birmingham.

He is the author of “No Outsiders: Everyone different, everyone welcome” which fosters a sense of belonging in children and promotes community cohesion. The ethos teaches children that there are no outsiders in school because everyone is welcome.

In 2017 Andrew was awarded a MBE for his work on equality and diversity in education and in 2019 he was listed in the Top 10 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

In February 2019 protests emerged at Andrew’s school against the inclusion of LGBT equality within relationship education and No Outsiders hit national headlines becoming a focus for equality education in schools. In June Andrew led the Birmingham Pride parade, arm in arm (for the first time in Birmingham Pride history) with LGBT Muslims; he was listed in the Attitude Pride awards 2019, awarded Pink News ‘Role model of the year’ and “Hero of the year” in the European. Diversity awards 2019.

Andrew was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Worcester in November and in 2020 was appointed a visiting Professor for the University of Sunderland.

No Outsiders is now a registered charity. Andrew regularly delivers equality and resilience training across the UK and provides free No Outsiders resources for schools on his website www.no-outsiders.com

Twitter: @moffat_andrew

Matt Hawksworth is our Young People’s Producer & has worked across many educational settings throughout the UK, teaching in schools, universities & leading higher education vocational training institutions for over 12 years.

He is very proud to have been part of the team that opened the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre in 2018 in Cambridge at the Perse School, where he was Theatre Director in Residence.

Last summer he directed & choreographed the first home-grown youth production, West Side Story, for the main-stage at Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the 120th anniversary celebrations.

He is also an Associate Choreographer & proud alumni of the National Youth Music Theatre. As an actor & dancer, Matt has performed in theatre, dance & opera at venues including Birmingham Rep, Glyndebourne, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Albert Hall, Opera Lille, Kilworth House Theatre & Riverside Studios.

He has a BA(Hons) in German & Italian from UCL & an MA from Mountview, where he was the recipient of the Sir John Mills Scholarship.

Matt is proud that his work champions diversity, inclusion & the importance of emotional wellbeing. If you would like more information about our work with children & young people, please contact Matt at: matthewh@pdsw.org.uk 

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