Key Points
  • School Exclusions: Tackling the reasons behind the rise of school exclusions , when do headteachers decide to exclude and what is the role of governors in this process
  • The Importance of Early Intervention Strategies and Preventing Off-Rolling: Sharing best practice on early intervention strategies to prevent escalation of behavioural issues
  • The Role of Local Authorities: Establishing robust partnerships, ensuring effective reintegration and working with Elective Home Educators
  • Exploring Ofsteds New Framework and its Compatibility with AP: How does the new framework align with Alternative Providers of Education and exploring alternative models of inspection, factoring in the different challenges that Alternative Providers face
  • Exploring the Opportunities around the UK Innovation Fund: Updates on the work of PRUsAP
  • Ensuring a Person Centred Approach to Supporting Vulnerable Students: How to ensure a person-centred approach to children inside and outside of mainstream education


Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • (Chair) Jules Daulby, Writer, Researcher and Inclusion Specialist, Advisor to the Department for Education (DfE)
  • Sarah Dove, President, PRUsAP
  • Bobbie Kelly, Head of CE Academy (Ofsted Outstanding)
  • Wendy Smith, Teacher in Charge, The Buckinghamshire Primary Pupil Referral Unit - Woodlands PRU (Ofsted Outstanding)
  • David Bishop, Head of Service: Alternative Provision, Attendance and Independent Schools, Birmingham City Council
  • Elspeth Bunker, Special Needs Officer, SEN Consultant & School Improvement Executive, West Sussex County Council
  • Julian Scholefield, Chief Executive Officer, Esteem Multi-Academy Trust
  • Ron St Louis, Inclusion Specialist, Advisory Board, Arco Academy
  • Dr Tony Lloyd, CEO, ADHD Foundation
  • Matthew Dodd, Principal Officer, National Children’s Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children
  • Dean Johnstone, CEO, Minds Ahead
  • James Fornara, Principal, WAC Arts College

The number of children permanently excluded from state primary, secondary and special schools in England increased by about 1,000 between 2016 and 2017*.

Last year, the DfE set out a ‘roadmap’ for transforming Alternative Provision and are currently undertaking a review into School Exclusions. Questions around how to assess and maximise the short and long-term value of alternative provision need to be set within this context.

Westminster Insight’s Annual Conference on Alternative Provision: Sharing Best Practice and Improving Outcomes, will bring together leading voices in the world of AP together to share best practice, discuss new policy developments, and establish partnerships.

Setting the tone as our Keynote and Chair for the day is Jules Daulby; writer, researcher and Inclusion specialist. You will also hear from a range of Headteachers, Ofsted Inspectors and Local Authority representatives from AP and mainstream settings.

Our conference will allow delegates from a variety of backgrounds; including Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Academies, PRU’s, Hospital Schools, Local Authorities and more, to consult on and discuss the best ways to overcome the challenges that AP faces. You will explore these issues in an unbiased and open forum, collaborating and sharing best practice with others.

*https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-exclusions


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration and Refreshments

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Jules Daulby

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09:05 - 09:30
Keynote Address: School Exclusions

 
  • When do headteachers decide to exclude and what is the role of governors in this process 
  • Identifying effective approaches which improve outcomes 
  • What pupils/demographics were more likely to be excluded than others, and solutions to curbing disproportionality in AP settings 
  • Analysing the variation in exclusion rates between schools with a similar intake and geographical area

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Jules Daulby

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09:30 - 10:15
The Importance of Early Intervention Strategies and Preventing ‘Off-Rolling’

 
  • Identifying the reasons behind the rise of school exclusions and exploring solutions
  • Sharing best practice on early intervention strategies to prevent escalation of behavioural issues 
  • Engaging with parents and carers of vulnerable children

Speakers

Matthew Dodd Principal Officer at the National Children’s Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children.

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Catherine Murray Programme Lead, Alternative Provision, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)

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Dr Tony Lloyd CEO, ADHD Foundation

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Ron St Louis Inclusion Specialist, Advisory Board, Arco Academy

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10:15 - 10:45
The Role of Local Authorities: Establishing robust partnerships, ensuring effective reintegration and working with Elective Home Educators

 
  • What tools are needed for developing a sustainable offer? 
  • Exploring access to funding, being creative budgets, while maintaining high quality provision 
  • Exploring the functions of LA's in response to rising academisation 
  • Assessing the rise of Elective Home Education and identifying trends          
  • Establishing partnerships with Home Educators by providng support and training

Speakers

David Bishop Head of Service: Alternative Provision, Attendance and Independent Schools, Birmingham City Council

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10:45 - 11:15
Networking Break

 

11:15 - 12:30
Ofsted Inspections and Exploring Ofsted’s New Framework

 
  • The Ofsted Inspection: before, on the day and after 
  • How compatible is Ofsted's new framework with PRU's?
  • Ensuring the personalisation of learning in AP settings
  • Exploring alternative models of inspection, factoring in the different challenges that Alternative Providers face 
  • What are the varying methods for measuring impact such as academic outcomes? 
  • Sharing best practice on student profiling in AP settings 
  • Focusing on non-academic outcomes, such as pastoral and personal development of the child 
  • How to translate his approach when dealing with external scrutiny and demonstrating value for money in terms of the impact when commissioning places 

11:15-11:35
Case Study 1: Bobbie Kelly, Head of CE Academy 

11:35-11:55
Case study 2: James Fornara, Principal of WAC Arts College 

11:55-12:15
Case Study 3: Wendy Smith, Teacher in Charge, Buckinghamshire Primary PRU

12:15-12:30
Joint Q&A

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Wendy Smith Teacher in Charge, The Buckinghamshire Primary Pupil Referral Unit - Woodlands PRU

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James Fornara Principal of Wac Arts College

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Bobbie Kelly Head of CE Academy

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12:30 - 13:30
Networking Lunch

 

13:30 - 14:10
Exploring the Opportunities around the UK Innovation Fund

 
  • Updates on the work of PRUsAP 
  • Reviewing the possibility of AV1, which would enable the children to virtually attend school, socialise with classmates and remain connected to their home schools and communities

Speakers

Sarah Dove Strategic Education Consultant, Phoenix Education Consultancy

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14:10 - 14:55
(Panel Session) Ensuring a Person Centred Approach to Supporting Vulnerable Students

 
  • What bespoke support can APs offer for every child 
  • How to ensure a person-centred approach to children inside and outside of mainstream education 
  • Where next for the 'whole school approach to mental health?’ 
  • The move towards school mental health as an emerging branch of leadership and public health
  • Exploring the Education and Health Care Plans, new SEND Code of Practice and Person Centred Planning

Speakers

Elspeth Bunker Special Needs Officer, SEN Consultant & School Improvement Executive, West Sussex County Council

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Dean Johnstone CEO, Minds Ahead

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14:55 - 15:05
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Jules Daulby

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End

Speakers

David Bishop Head of Service: Alternative Provision, Attendance and Independent Schools, Birmingham City Council

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Elspeth Bunker Special Needs Officer, SEN Consultant & School Improvement Executive, West Sussex County Council

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Jules Daulby

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Matthew Dodd Principal Officer at the National Children’s Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children.

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Sarah Dove Strategic Education Consultant, Phoenix Education Consultancy

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James Fornara Principal of Wac Arts College

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Dean Johnstone CEO, Minds Ahead

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Bobbie Kelly Head of CE Academy

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Dr Tony Lloyd CEO, ADHD Foundation

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Catherine Murray Programme Lead, Alternative Provision, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)

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Wendy Smith Teacher in Charge, The Buckinghamshire Primary Pupil Referral Unit - Woodlands PRU

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Ron St Louis Inclusion Specialist, Advisory Board, Arco Academy

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Venue details

Central London


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