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NATIONAL LAUNCH OF SCHOOLS INCLUSION STANDARD

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Manchester's trailblazing Inclusion Standard which is awarded to schools and demonstrates agreed standards of inclu...
Manchester's trailblazing Inclusion Standard which is awarded to schools and demonstrates agreed standards of inclusion for all pupils, is set to be rolled out to other local education authorities (LEAs) around the country in November.

The city council is hosting a conference on 15 November to launch the Manchester Inclusion Standard to other LEAs from around the country.

Keynote speakers on the day will include Mick Waters, Manchester's chief education officer, and Mel Ainscow, professor of education at the University of Manchester. There will also be presentations from headteachers, experiences from pupils and workshops exploring different aspects of the Manchester Inclusion Standard.

Manchester City Council's education department developed the Standard in collaboration with Manchester University and schools across the city. Twenty two schools have been involved in a pilot project to develop the Standard over the last academic year - 15 primary, four secondary and three special schools. Of these, 12 primary and four secondary schools have now achieved the Manchester Inclusion Standard. A further 45 schools will be working towards achieving the Standard in 2004/5.

Mr Waters said: 'The Manchester Inclusion Standard is one of the most important steps forward in education in the city for some time. Our schools are all working hard to achieve real inclusion for all pupils whatever their needs and talents. Manchester University is world renowned for its work on inclusion and it has been directly involved with the education department and schools in developing and piloting this pioneering standard for Inclusion. We now want to share our experience with other LEAs and schools across the country.'

The assessment for the Standard looks at whether pupils are present in school, in the classroom and at extracurricular activities; if they participate actively in school, in lessons and in other activities; and if pupils achieve academically and in the broader sense.

Attendance charge per delegate is£150 which includes a copy of the Manchester Inclusion Standard. Reduced price of£200 for two delegates from the same organisation. For an application form call the Manchester Education Partnership on 0161 610 3333.

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