Achievement for All is inviting parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to have their say on their children’s education by attending a national conference.

The Every Child Included conference, being run in association with Oxford University Press, is taking place at Newbury Racecourse on 14 June. Parents and carers can attend for free and will join teachers, head teachers, early years staff, home educators, international experts and UK education leaders.

The conference will explore a number of key themes including:

  • How we can collectively transform the lives of children and young people through inclusion in the classroom and beyond
  • How we can improve the resilience, outcomes and employability for all children and young people
  • How schools can better support children and young people in care; those living with foster parents and those at home with their parents under the supervision of social services or in residential children's homes.

Leading voices in education will be at the event, including: Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation; Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching; Gary Wilson, author and education expert; Andy Cope, The Art of Brilliance and Ollie Forsyth, young entrepreneur.

Representatives from the Department for Education and international speakers from the USA, Scandinavia and the Baltics, will also be attending.

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO and Founder of Achievement for All, said:

“Parents and carers play vital roles in supporting their child’s education at every age and stage. We want to empower parents and carers of children and young people with SEND and vulnerable learners to have their say about what works for their children’s learning and progress at school and where improvements need to be made.

“The Achievement for All programme in schools is underpinned by ensuring strong and collaborative links between teachers and parents and carers to continue learning from home to the classroom and vice versa. We support schools to get the very best out of each and every child. We do this by recognising how we can tap into their interests for learning and making sure there is a strong understanding of any child’s barriers to learning.

‘We are very much looking forward to the conference and hope parents and carers can come along to share their thoughts on how we can all work together to ensure that every child is included and no child falls behind.”

In the last five years, Achievement for All has worked with 3,700 early years settings, schools and colleges in England and Wales. Over 170,000 children and young people have directly benefited from the programmes.

Achievement for All offers schools and early years settings a two-year, coach-led programme which supports teachers in closing the attainment gap, strengthening leadership and creating capacity, enhancing relationships with parents and developing pupil behaviour, good attendance and well-being.

Parents and carers of children and young people with SEND can attend the conference for free by emailing enquiries@afaeducation.org

Further information on the conference can be found at here