Introductory advocacy training session covering school exclusions
Communities Empowerment Network’s advocacy training gives the opportunity to learn more about the school exclusion process in education and what measures parents, carers and advocates can take to represent children and young people experiencing problems in education.
Who should attend?
- Parents who want to gain the essential skills and knowledge to empower themselves and other parents that have children at risk of school exclusion or who have been excluded.
- Community members, educators, special educational needs teachers, law students and practitioners who would like to develop their understanding of advocacy and school exclusions.
- Anyone interested in becoming a Volunteer Advocate for Communities Empowerment Network helping us to meet the huge demand for our services.
What will I get out of the workshop?
- Understand the parent’s and child’s perspective.
- Understand the school environment and types of exclusion that schools enforce.
- Identify when children are more likely to be at risk at of exclusion and the strategies to put in place to avoid exclusion.
- Increase your knowledge about the legal aspects of exclusion.
- Understand the importance of recording information and how to ask critical questions to prepare an effective case.
- Opportunity to become a CEN Volunteer Advocate or Empowerment Volunteer.
We have a huge demand for our training and we are only able to hold a few of these workshops each year. For past attendees, the content is roughly the same as the previous Advocacy Training days we have held with some extra material relating to exclusions prevention and early intervention.
Who is providing this Advocacy Training?
Communities Empowerment Network (CEN) is an organisation based in London that is specifically funded to provide free independent expert advice, support and representation to parents and carers of children who are at risk of exclusion or have been excluded. Since 1999 CEN has worked and campaigned for equality and justice in education.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is free parking around the local area. It is also a four minute walk from Loughborough Junction station or a ten minute brisk walk from Brixton station. A number of buses go from outside Brixton station, you have to cross to the other side of the road from Brixton tube. You can take buses 35, 345 45 or P4). It takes 5 minutes and you need to get out at the Shakespeare Road stop on Coldharbour Lane.
The entrance to Shakespeare Business Centre is on Shakespeare Road, here it intersects with Coldharbour Lane. You will see a railway bridge going over the road if you are coming from Brixton, the Business Centre is right by it. When you enter the courtyard of the Business Centre, walk to the far right hand end corner (West Wing) and enter the purple doors and come up to the first floor where you will find our office.
Is lunch provided?
CEN provide refreshments throughout the day (tea, biscuits, fruit etc). Participants either bring their own lunch, visit the supermarket across the road or go to the local shops and cafés around Brixton market.
Who can I contact with any questions?
Deuan on 020 7733 0297 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the ticket transferable?
No, the name on the registration ticket must match the attendee. Please ensure the correct name is on each ticket as keeping accurate records is a requirement of our funding.
How much is this training session?
The session is fully funded by the Big Lottery and free of charge.