Inclusion Summit 2019
The 2nd Annual Inclusion Summit took place on 24th September at RBWM Town Hall
What does great Inclusion look like? This question was answered by the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Inclusion Summit hosted by Achieving for Children (AfC) and co-produced with the local parent carer forum (PaCiP), East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Information and Advice Service (IAS), RBWM Council and Berkshire NHS Healthcare. This provided a fantastic opportunity for professionals in education, health and the voluntary sector to come together with parents and carers to discuss working together to ensure children and young people (0 to 25 years) with special educational needs and disabilities are fully included in all aspects of their lives.
David Bartram, Head of Prescient Education the keynote speaker described a vision and then took the audience on a journey covering three areas – the future, engagement and how we need to deliver. The one theme connecting all of the various speakers was working together for a more inclusive future. Kelly Nash AfC's Area SENCo discussed the ways in which the community can successfully implement the Inclusion charter within education settings. She highlighted areas such as relationship building and staff training as ways in which we can improve inclusion throughout schools. This culminated in a presentation by the Girls Policy Forum which was established by AfC Youth Service to capture the voices of young females within RBWM. They highlighted that inclusion was not prominent enough in school life and with small changes the well-being of young people could easily be improved during their school day. A solution to this issue was given by Helen Huntley, AfC’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Consultant who plans to award schools in the future with an accreditation called “The Inclusion Mark”, based on schools demonstrating good practice of inclusion.
The event was hosted at the Desborough theatre in Maidenhead Town Hall and was attended by approximately 200 delegates ranging from Councillors, SENCo's, young people, parents, Headteachers, Health professionals, social workers, youth workers.
The event also showcased over 20 exhibitors giving delegates the opportunity to understand what partner organisations offered and a chance to learn and network to understand special educational needs and disabilities within the Borough. There were various exhibition stands on display, ranging from a diverse spectrum of fields such as mental health (Kooth), disability advice (Parallel), autism (The Autism Group) and the SEND Local Offer team who provided information about their website which showcases local services and support available for residents with SEND.
Notes to editors
Date of event: Tuesday 24th September
List of speakers and organisations:
David Bartram OBE| Head of Prescient Education - https://prescienteducation.co.uk/
Kevin McDaniel | Director of Children Services – achievingforchildren.org.uk
Liz Kelsall | PaCiP Volunteer Chair – pacip.org
Debbie Hartrick | Designated Clinical Officer CCG https://www.eastberkshireccg.nhs.uk/
Kelly Nash | Area SENCo – https://rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk
Girls Policy Forum https://rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/young_people
Steph James | Regeneration Officer – rbwm.gov.uk
Helen Huntley | SEND Consultant - achievingforchildren.org.uk
Fenella Reekie | Headteacher - https://www.cookhamdean.org/whos-who/
Interviews from the event