Achievement for All, the charity that supports early years settings, schools and colleges, improving outcomes for all children and young people regardless of their background, challenge or needis bringing together leading voices and practitioners from across the education and third sector todiscuss ways to increase collaboration and embed inclusive practice to close the unacceptable attainment gap in today’s education system.

The Every Child Included in Education conference, taking place on Wednesday 17thOctober at Newbury Racecourse, will offer a stellar line up of keynote speakers and CPD-focused sessions providing delegates with practical advice on key issues from managing transitions in early years to understanding Children Looked After as well as a range of strategies to take back to the classroom. 

The conference will bring together 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 to ensure no child is left behind.

Delegates will be taken through the journey of a child’s education, moving from early years to post 16 and beyond. Speakers include: Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, Emma Lewell, Shadow Minister, Education – children and families; Joan Deslandes, headteacher of Kingsford Community School and Chartered College of Teaching founding trustee; Emran Mian, Director of Strategy and Social Mobility, DfEand Thelma Walker MP, Member of the Education Select Committee, amongst others.

Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England said: “Most children in England are doing well and thriving - yet sadly too many vulnerable children are failing to reach their full potential because they are missed by the agencies that should be giving them a helping hand.

“It is essential that we focus on the practical differences that can be made from a child’s earliest years, through to school and college, to transform the system from one that marginalises many vulnerable children, to one which helps them. I am looking forward to discussing how we can make some of those changes at the Every Child Included in Education conference.”

The CPD focused session topics will include:

  • Managing Transitions in Early Years

  • Supporting speech, language and communication

  • Behavioural policies and vulnerable children

  • Understanding Children Looked After: the impact of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences on academic achievement

  • Embedding positive mindsets in teaching staff and learners

  • Teacher Retention

  • Young offenders, alternative provision and exclusion 

Full list of keynote speakers and breakout sessions can be found here: www.afaeducation.org/2018-conference

“The Every Child Included in Education conference will provide an opportunity for us to collaborate, bring together cross-sector expertise, providing unrivalled professional development for education leaders and practitioners in all phases.

“Leading minds within education and social mobility will explore best practice and strategies to ensure all delegates return to the workplace with fresh thinking and a revived commitment to enhancing the life chances of the children and young people in their care.”

For further information on the conference or to book your place, visit www.afaeducation.org/2018-conference

Please note that parents, carers and young people are invited to the conference free of charge.

For further information about Achievement for All, visit https://afaeducation.org. 

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For more information or to speak to a member of the team, contact Lisa Church on lchurch@consiliumcommunications.co.uk/ 07467 945661

About Achievement for All

  • Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges, improving outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement, regardless of their background, challenge or need

  • Achievement for All empowers young people, as well as their teachers, parents and carers, by working to transform lives through personal coaching, professional support, and a leading network of educational experts

  • Achievement for All programmes have been used in almost 4,500 schools, colleges, and early years settings to date, and have so far had a profound and measurable impact on the lives of more than 100,000 children and young people to date as well as their families and the adults that support them

  • In 2016, an independent assessment conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that as a result of Achievement for All’s Achieving Schools programme, the progress of targeted children and young people in reading, writing and mathematics was raised to a standard above the national expected level by up to 50%

  • Achievement for All’s 2015 Interim Evaluation Report identified a reduction in exclusion in schools and settings by a factor of four (400%)

  • In further reports on Achievement for All’s Achieving Early programme, it was identified that 100% practitioners reported higher levels of confidence in working with parents, and that personal, social and emotional assessments at age-expected levels rose from 23% to 73%

  • To donate, get in touch, or for more information, visit afaeducation.org

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