ONLINE - Thursday 18th March 2021

Breaking the barriers for working class, ethnic minority, disability and neuro-diverse students

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WHAT IS InclusiveEd?

The InclusiveEd Online Conference is an international event for all those invested in inclusion and equity within schools and colleges: Race, Class, Disability & Neurodiversity. Attend and discover new ideas and practical strategies to implement inclusion initiatives within your own institution that bring about lasting change and level up the playing field.

Join senior leaders and policy makers in education, diversity and inclusion professionals, disability and student services practitioners, SENCos and Local Authority Advisors by booking to attend.

The event also marks the launch of The Inclusion Journal in conjunction with Achievement for All.


Listen to and engage with thought leaders who will share their ideas and experience on inclusion initiatives.



Achievement for All


School Principal

State School in Rome



The Centre for Education & Youth


Associate FIE Trainer

Feuerstein Institute (International Centre for the Enhancement of Learning Potential)


Head of Research

The Centre for Education and Youth


Head Teacher

Rimrose Hope CofE Primary School


Principal & Chief Executive

Newham College of Further Education



Do-IT Solutions


Trainee Associate

The Centre for Education and Youth





Director of Teaching Schools

St Martins Secondary Special School and St Andrews School


Supported Internship & Project Manager

Newham College


Product Evangelist

Claro Software


Principal Psychologist and Research Tutor

Psychological Services GB Ltd and Tavistock Portman NHS Trust



InclusiveEd will be an immersive and invaluable experience made up of engaging keynote presentations and workshops from some of the brightest minds in inclusion for education.

9.15-9.45am - Welcome

Howard Sharron, the CEO of TeachingTimes will welcome delegates and start the conference with the exciting launch of The Inclusion Journal and explain how it will carry forward the themes of the day - to challenge the explicit and hidden barriers to inclusion that exist in education and society.

There Is An Alternative Way To Address Social Mobility

Professor Sonia Blandford is speaking out about the urgent need to change our way of thinking to address social mobility; to include, value and improve outcomes for children and young people experiencing challenge, needs and disadvantage. 

Social Mobility is about aspiration, access and achievement; it is about changing the way people think, act and engage, to understand that there is an alternative way to live, that everyone can succeed.  

At Achievement for All we have been demonstrating how this can be done. Over the past ten years we have worked in 5,000 schools and settings, directly helping over 200,000 children and young people that have faced challenges, disadvantage and those experiencing special needs. Through our early years, schools and colleges programmes we have reached 3.86-million children and young people, their families and teaching professionals, changing thinking and improving outcomes in reading, writing, maths, behaviour and attendance. Developing self-belief, self-respect and a sense of ‘can do’.  

Professor Sonia Blandford.

9.45-10.10am - Keynote #1

Italy's Total Inclusion : Lessons and Issues

After having discussed the difference between inclusion and integration within the Italian and the international contexts, the talk will address the challenges that Italian schools and teachers are facing to respond to the requirements of all students, including those identified as having disabilities and special educational needs. Drawing on examples taken from school practices and recently enacted educational policies, the talk will investigate what factors and actions could possibly lead to the development of more inclusive settings and practice. 

Simona D'Alessio.

10.10-10.20am - Break

10.20-11.00am - Workshop #1

Cultural Capital: Tackling the Word Gap

92% of teachers believe the ‘word gap’ – where children have a vocabulary below age-related expectations – has widened further following school closures brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to recent research from The Centre for Education and Youth with Oxford University Press. In this session we will explore how school leaders, teachers and parents can work together to support young people to boost their language learning as they move through the education system.

Alix Robertson, Donna Lewis and Lauren Frame.

11.05-11.45am - Workshop #2

Cognitive Capital :  Going Beyond Differentiation with Instrumental Enrichment

Differentiation is a defensive strategy, reflecting  the functioning level of the child rather than seeking to improve the child's capacity  to think and learn at any deep level. This workshop looks at the ideas of Professor Reuven Feuerstein who believed that the under-performance of children was a product of cultural deprivation (often caused by poverty or war) that robbed them of a normal acquisition of cognitive skills through their families. Feuerstein - who was one of the fathers of the thinking-skills movement - believed that these cognitive skills can be instrumentally recovered by teachers through his concept of Mediated Learning and tools called Instrumental Enrichment (IE).

Howard Sharron introduces former headteacher Billy O'Neill who trains teachers and parents in Mediated Learning and IE, and current Liverpool headteacher Lawrence Crilly, who uses IE throughout his school 

Billy O'Neill and Lawrence Crilly.

11.45-12.30pm - Lunch

12.30-12.55pm - Keynote #2

Making vocational education and the job market more inclusive

East London is characterised by lower qualification levels, lower employment rates, and lower salary levels than other parts of the capital. Paul Stephen, Principal & Chief Executive of Newham College will share practical tips and experience of creating a culture of high aspiration amongst both students seeking pathways into well paid employment, and employers seeking to attract diversified talent into the labour market.

Paul Stephen.

1.00-1.40pm - Sponsors Workshop - Claro Software

Breaking down the barriers of reading and writing using ClaroRead

Most people need to read and write in their everyday lives, so if it’s something that you find hard it creates a massive barrier to learning and productivity. We make assistive technology to help you on whatever device you use. Have any text read to you, tint the screen and lots more. Join Mary to find out how ClaroRead makes the world of difference and provides equal opportunities to access learning.

Mary Wilcox.

1.40-1.50pm - Break

1.50-2.30pm - Workshop #3

Neurodiversity is us all - how to think of wellbeing, equity and belonging in our recovery curriculums

Moving from 'survive' to 'revive and thrive' will require a recovery curriculum. Amanda will talk about the intersection of neurodiversity and wellbeing in both staff and learners. Missed, missing, and misdiagnosed - how can we be sure we meet the needs of all neurodivergent learners, and what happens when we don't.  She will describe the rationale for taking an equitable person-centered approach and the impact and evidence when we don't.

Professor Amanda Kirby.

2.35-3.15pm - Workshop #4

Avoiding Failure: Targeting the Most Vulnerable Students  Through Risk Factor Analysis

An international research study has found that the factors leading to children dropping out or failing to thrive in education can be very localised, and analysis can lead to accurate predictions of which children/students are most at risk. They are far from always being the usual suspects! The approach allows resources to more closely be targeted, significantly  reducing drop-outs from education and FE/HE and under-performance in schools. In the covid-era, this analysis is more important than ever.

Internationally renowned Educational Psychologist Dr. Chris Arnold explains the research and how the system works.

Dr Christopher Arnold.

3.15-3.25pm - Break

3.25-4.05pm - Workshop #5

Racism, education and “unconscious bias”

This session will discuss key research findings which give insight into how racism impacts education at various levels and what actions the sector could take to become more inclusive. They will then raise some questions about the term ‘unconscious bias’, inviting an open discussion.

Vanessa Joshua and Ellie Mulcahy.

4.10-4.50pm - Workshop #6

Employment, Inclusion, Aspiration - A Whole School Approach

The session will explore a whole school approach to raising aspiration around employment and supporting students into positive, meaningful long term outcomes.

Through curriculum development, community engagement, student & family voice and a supported internship programme with Project Search, St Martine School, Derby hopes to flip the narrative on some dreadful statistics around SEND and employment.

The session will share the highs (and lows!) of our journey including uplifting and inspiring contributions from our students.

Alistair Crawford.

Newham Supported Internship Programme

The focus of Supported Internships is to give young people with all types of disabilities, including mental health needs, real-life work opportunities to develop work-related and job specific skills, including English and Maths. Throughout the course of a one-year placement at a Newham Host Business, our interns complete 3 job rotations with Tutor and Job Coach support, to help them acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills and to enable them to apply for a related employment position as well as build communication, teamwork and problem solving skills.

This session is an opportunity to explore this collaborative venture led by the London Borough of Newham, Generate and Newham College in partnership with key local employers.

Angie Hincks.

Chaired by Paul Stephen.

4.50pm - Closing Remarks and Prize Draw

5.10pm - Close of Conference

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