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 Foundation (EEF) and a number of leading headteachers.

The conference will bring together those committed to supporting and delivering change in early years, school and post 16settings, to ensure that no childis 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:

  1. Prioritising kindness and wellbeing in education, business and third sector settings

  2. Ensuring education results in a meaningful destination for every child, beginning with the early years

  3. Greater focus on teachers as professional learners through recruitment, retention and CPD

  4. Reducing exclusion in education and closing the gap for those with SEND

  5. Recognition of parents, carers and wider communities in education

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:

  • Focused CPD,particularly related to working with disadvantaged, vulnerable and underachieving children and young people

  • Up-to-date informationon current policy related to education, social mobility and disadvantage

  • Strategies to support school, setting and college improvementaround the key areas of leadership, teaching and learning, parents and carer engagement and wider opportunities

  • Practical advice on effective partnershipsbetween schools, settings, parents and the wider community

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.”

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 or Jessica Bull on lchurch@consiliumcommunications.co.uk/ jbull@consiliumcommunications.co.ukor call 07467 945661 / 07841 763833

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%

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