The UK education system is struggling to meet the needs of at least one in five children and young people: the disadvantaged, vulnerable and underachieving - 20% of children who are unprepared for their lives post-16, whether in education, training or employment.
The Every Child Included in Education campaign exists to make social mobility real for all children and their families and to improve the lives of disadvantaged, vulnerable and underachieving children and young people in England.
Every Child Included in Education is seeking all stakeholders including ministers, commissioners, senior government officials, business, public and third sector leaders to increase collaboration, support and training for all providers and services across the country.
Working collectively, Every Child Included in Education will deliver against five co-developed priorities outlined in its manifesto including:
Promote kindness and wellbeing in education, business and third sector settings, where every child and young person is included every day. We need to address mental health, character, and resilience through culture and mutuality, celebrating tolerance, patience, friendship, creativity and problem solving.
Further investment across all phases of education, beginning with the early years. This should result in a socially and culturally relevant curriculum, increasing attainment in reading, writing and maths, enhancing life chances and culminating in a meaningful destination for every child.
Greater focus on teachers as professional learners through recruitment, retention, and CPD that includes an enhanced understanding of the way disadvantaged and vulnerable children learn.
Reduce children and young people being excluded in education and close the gap for SEND - too often the marginalised and forgotten group. This includes increasing responsibility for children at risk of exclusion through cross-agency collaboration.
Increased recognition of parents, carers and wider communities. Parents and carers should be valued as crucial partners in the improvement of learning and life chances for every child.
The manifesto was launched in March 2018 at a milestone event at the House of Lords, sponsored by Lord Jim Knight of Weybridge.
Every Child Included in Education 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.
Every Child Included in Education is collaborating with leaders from business, education (state and independent across all phases and type, including Regional School Commissioners, Opportunity Area Boards, Teaching Schools Alliances and Research Schools), public and third sectors, parents, carers, children and young people.
To register your interest in becoming a supporter, please email Laura.Smith@afaeducation.org
Click here to read the full manifesto.
Read the launch press release here.