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An award-winning education charity is calling for new thinking and collaboration at their national conference, which will see voices across education and industry put social justice into action as they work together to build a system where every child achieves.
The Achievement for All Every Child Included in Education conference is back and due to be more impactful than ever as schools, colleges, early years settings, parents, carers, businesses and sector leaders share what an education system that leaves no child behind can look like in practice, and the life-changing affect that a fresh approach to exclusions, parental engagement and wellbeing can have on today’s children, young people and their families.
The conference will be held on Wednesday 17th October 2018 at Newbury Racecourse and will feature a wide range of speakers who will take delegates through the journey of a child’s education from early years to post 16 (and beyond).
Speakers include Joan Deslandes, headteacher of Kingsford Community School and Chartered College of Teaching founding trustee; Brian Lamb OBE, SEND adviser and Chair of the Lamb Inquiry; Thelma Walker MP, Member of the Education Select Committee as well as representatives from the Department for Education, Education Endowment Trust and a number of leading headteachers.
The conference will bring together those committed to supporting and delivering change in early years, school and post 16 settings, to ensure that no child is left behind. The conference will encourage delegates to explore the five priorities outlined in Achievement for All’s Every Child Included in Education campaign manifesto:
Keynote speaker contributions will be interlinked with breakout sessions to demonstrate key issues and opportunities faced at core phases and stages in education.
Senior government representatives, businesses, public and third sector leaders, schools (state and independent), early years, post-16 and youth justice settings, organisations, children’s services, local authority leads and commissioners as well as parents, carers, children and young people will come together to discuss and debate ways to increase collaboration and embed inclusive practice.
Those attending the conference will receive:
The conference forms a central pillar of the Every Child Included in Education campaign, which is backed by a wide range of organisations, schools and individuals including the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL), Academies Enterprise Trust, Best Practice Network, Enabling Enterprise, Fair Education Alliance, Teach First, Place2Be, British Science Association, CPDBee, The Good Schools Guide, Lord Lucas, Teacher Development Trust, Parentkind, NatSIP, The Earl of Listowel and The Nurture Group Network.
The campaign follows the publication of Born to Fail? Social Mobility: A Working Class View, which argues that a radical re-think to the country’s approach to social mobility is needed to avoid millions of children continuing to be lost within the education system, impacting on their work and life chances.
Expanding on this, CEO of Achievement for All, and author of Born To Fail?
Professor Sonia Blandford, said:
“Today’s education system is struggling to support at least one in five children, their parents and carers, leaders and teachers, and potential employers. The current system and its multiple layers are causing significant barriers to ensuring each and every child and young person is included in education – collaboration is the way to overcome this.
“The Every Child Included in Education conference is designed to facilitate this collaboration and bring together the expertise in education and social mobility from across the sectors. Leaders, educators, children, families and practitioners - who are working to overcome inequality every day – will share best practice and practical strategies in a collective ambition to enhance life chances and provide choices for every child regardless of their background, challenge or need.”
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