Birmingham Newman Education conference highlights inclusion, equality and diversity in schools 

28/06/2024 by Newman Staff

Birmingham Newman University’s Faculty of Education hosted its inaugural Summer Inclusion Conference, exploring themes related to supporting partner schools in promoting inclusion, equality, and diversity. 

Titled ‘Building Inclusive Communities for the 21st Century Learner’ the conference welcomed educators, practitioners, researchers, and academics. 

Dr Janet Rose, Principal of Norland College, delivered the opening keynote on the necessity of attachment and trauma-responsive practices for optimal learning. She discussed key theories and research on how unmet attachment needs and trauma impact a students’ learning capacity. 

The event featured various workshops and talks by professionals, including university staff.  Tina Coope, Education Lead for PANS PANDAS UK, together with Miranda Barker, Senior Lecturer in Education at Birmingham Newman, explored the role of teachers in identifying and supporting children and their families who are experiencing PANS PANDAS (Paediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) which encompasses PANDAS (Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disease Associated with Strep).   

Keith Bishop, Programme Leader for Working with Children, Young People and Families led a workshop on improving educational outcomes for children in care. Dr Ben Johnson, Senior Lecturer from Birmingham Newman University explored hopeful practices around equality, diversion, and inclusion (EDI) in schools. 

Additional workshops included ‘Inclusive School Improvement’ with Nic Crossley and ‘Zones of Regulation: Teaching Children to Manage Big Feelings Through Effective Social and Emotional Learning’ with Charlotte Moore. 

The final keynote was given by Sohail Khan, Senior Lecturer for Primary Initial Teacher Education at Birmingham Newman University on ‘Embedding the Anti-Racism Framework for Initial Teacher Education at Birmingham Newman University’. 

Jane Bradley, Associate Dean for Partnerships and Recruitment at Birmingham Newman University described the conference as a celebration: “The event delved into themes of inclusion, equality, and diversity, emphasising the university’s commitment to these values in its educational programmes. This conference aimed to enable our partnership to share best practices and prepare a confident workforce capable of meeting the needs of all learners.” 

The conference follows the news that Birmingham Newman University were recognised by Ofsted as a good provider of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) following its most recent inspection. 

The Ofsted inspection took place in March 2024 and found that in the Faculty of Education, Primary and Secondary ITE demonstrated a good outcome in all three inspected categories; overall effectiveness, quality of education and training, and leadership and management.