Living Room Series 2: Integration through Education

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A series of three linked webinars focusing on integration through education.

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Integration through Education Session One: school linking across difference

The co-director of the Linking Network and former senior school leader Meg Henry along with Azam Ali, an RE teacher in Bradford and Secondary Advisory Teacher for the Linking Network, discuss how the charity works with schools to build integration in local areas, facilitating school linking and supporting schools and teachers in incorporating identity, diversity, community and equality into their curriculum. The Network currently has Schools Linking Programmes in 28 Local Authority Areas, with 30.000 pupils taking part this academic year. What are the key challenges The Linking Network has faced in this work and how have they overcome them? All sessions will have a Q&A where participants can ask further questions.

Speakers: Meg Henry & Azam Ali from The Linking Network

Wednesday 11th March 1300-1400

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Integration through Education Session Two: school merging –an innovative case study to overcoming segregation

Alison Taylor, vice principal of Waterhead Academy in Manchester, explores the school’s innovative approach to overcoming ethnic segregation. Formerly two schools which served south Asian and white British communities, Waterhead Academy was formed in 2010 as a merger of both schools. Alison will discuss key ingredients to the success of the merger, and how the school managed the challenges of this complex and sensitive project.

Speaker: Alison Taylor, Vice Principal of Waterhead Academy

Wednesday 18th March Time 1430-1530

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Integration through Education Session Three: empowering young people through effective school partnerships

For this final webinar we will hear from the charity Youth Sports Trust a children’s charity which works with around 20,000 schools in the UK, harnessing the power of sport, physical activity and PE to improve well-being and promote inclusion and integration. Julie Robbins, Head of Inclusion at Youth Sport Trust will discuss how the charity has work closely with schools and community partners in local areas to encourage integration, exploring the different ways in which they have designed programmes that aim to empower young people to lead change in their communities and the challenges they have faced along the way.

Speaker: Julie Robbins, Head of Inclusion for Youth Sports Trust

Wednesday 25th March 13:00-14:00

Chatham House rules will apply. Standard and Advanced Belong members can sign up to the series for free as part of their membership package however there will be a fee charged for Associates and non-members. For a Standard or Advanced members free access code, contact membership@belongnetwork.co.uk. It is not possible to purchase tickets for individual webinars.

Deadline for series sign up is March 5th 2020.

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