Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education

supporting inclusion, challenging exclusion

supporting inclusive development through talks and training

Equality workshops for staff and governors

CSIE is offering equality workshops for staff and governors in schools,tailored to each particular school's needs. Over and above helping schools fulfil their legal duties, these are practical, "hands on" workshops designed to be engaging and constructive.

About the workshops:

Equality Workshop 2017

These workshops are framed around CSIE’s go-to guide "Equality: Making It Happen", a succinct and user-friendly set of reference cards to help schools reduce bullying, address prejudice and promote equality holistically. The guide offers simple and practical advice, as well as links to sources of further information and support. We know of no other initiative addressing all aspects of equality in schools in such an effective and user-friendly way. It will take a long time for our guide to make an impact on the lives of all pupils in all schools, but for those that it reaches the effect can be decisive.

Each workshop will explore how schools can best respond to their legal equality duties and ensure that all protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010 are reflected positively in the curriculum and in everyday school life.

The workshops will:

Who should attend:

The workshops have been designed for primary and secondary school teachers,learning supporters, inclusion managers, pastoral support leaders, senior leaders and governors who care about equality and want to reduce all forms of prejudice-based bulling and discrimination in school. Workshops will also be of interest to equality champions outside schools, for example academy chain or local authority officers and voluntary sector organisations working to promote equality in education.

Feedback from previous CSIE equality workshops:

Very knowledgeable presenter.

Clear and concise. Able to tailor to our needs.

Very though provoking.

Clear, compassionate presentation.

Very useful - thank you!

Cost:

Special offer for bookings confirmed by 30 November 2017:
£400+vat plus expenses (usual CSIE price: £500+vat plus expenses)

To request a booking, please fill in this booking form and email admin@csie.org.uk Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you!


Disability awareness workshops for pupils

A whole day of workshops for groups of pupils throughout your school, delivered by a dedicated ally of disabled people. Engaging and thought-provoking, these workshops are a must for schools that want to challenge prejudice and promote disability equality.

Disability Awareness Workshop 2017

Workshops will help pupils to:

Disability Awareness Workshop 2017

95-100% of participants say that they found our workshop helpful

Some of the reasons pupils have given for finding the workshop helpful are:

FAQs:

Cost:

Special offer for bookings confirmed by 30 November 2017:
£500+vat plus expenses (usual CSIE price: £800+vat)

Optional extras:

a) written responses to pupils’ anonymous questions (£50+vat)

b) transcript of pupils’ feedback, as evidence of impact (£50+vat)

To request a booking, please fill in this booking form and email admin@csie.org.uk Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you!


Equality workshops in Bristol and Manchester

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, CSIE is offering two free workshops on equality: in Bristol on 25 June and Manchester on 26 June. We remain grateful to everyone who backed our crowdfunding campaign and helped make these workshops a reality.

The workshops are for primary and secondary school teachers, inclusion managers and other senior leaders who want to build on understanding and addressing all aspects of equality in school. More than simply helping schools fulfil their legal duties or do well in an Ofsted inspection, these are practical, "hands on" workshops designed to be engaging and constructive.

Both events are free to attend but places are limited and advance booking is recommended. To book one or more places on the Bristol workshop please visit https://making-it-happen-bristol.eventbrite.co.uk and for places on the Manchester workshop please visit https://making-it-happen-manchester.eventbrite.co.uk.

The workshops are framed around CSIE’s new go-to guide "Equality: Making It Happen", a succinct and user-friendly set of reference cards to help schools address equality holistically. The guide offers simple and practical advice, as well as links to sources of further information and support. The workshops will explore how schools can best respond to their legal equality duties and ensure that all protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010 are reflected positively in the curriculum and in everyday school life.

In addition to these workshops, CSIE offers bespoke equality training for school staff and governors. To find out more or to make a booking please contact training@csie.org.uk.


Equality workshops in summer 2015

CSIE is planning a series of free workshops to help schools better understand and address all aspects of equality. The workshops will also show how Equality: Making It Happen can enable schools to ensure everyone is safe, included and learning, ultimately benefitting those at risk of bullying or discrimination. We know of no other initiative addressing all aspects of equality in schools in such an effective and user-friendly way. It will take a long time for our new guide to make an impact on the lives of all pupils in all schools, but for those that it reaches the effect can be decisive.

he number of workshops we run will depend on funding available. We have launched a crowdfunding campaign with a view to running at least two, and as many as ten, workshops. We invite everyone interested in advancing equality in schools to give generously and help us help schools make equality real. Thank you!

In addition to these free workshops, CSIE is offering bespoke equality training for school staff and governors. To find out more or to make a booking please contact us at 0117 353 3150 or admin@csie.org.uk.


Series of workshops in spring and summer 2014

All children belong: negotiating your child’s right to a mainstream education

About the workshops:

These workshops have been designed to help parents negotiate a good education for their child in an ordinary local school. They will explain in clear and simple terms what children are entitled to by law, and what parents can do to help their child’s rights be upheld in the school of their choice. The information given will refer to the current law, as well as the changes expected with the introduction of the Children and Families Bill in autumn 2014. The workshops will also help parents to identify sources of support as appropriate, and co-ordinate efforts for developing more inclusive education locally and nationally.

Who should attend:

The workshops have been specifically designed for parents of disabled children, or those identified as having “special educational needs”. Education practitioners with a personal or professional interest in school placement issues may also attend.

Aims

This workshop aims to:

Cost

These workshops are offered by the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE), in collaboration with Parents for Inclusion (PI). All workshops have been subsidised by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and are offered to parents free of charge.

Education practitioners or others interested in school placement issues may also attend; such places are strictly limited and cost £35.00 each.

Dates and Venues

London

Thursday 27 March 2014, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Resource for London, 365 Holloway Road

London, N7 6PA


Bristol

Tuesday 1 April 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Park Centre, Daventry Road

Bristol, BS4 1DQ


Winchester

Wednesday 2 April 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

St John's House, The Broadway, High Street

Winchester, SO23 9SE


Swaffham, Norfolk

Monday 28 April 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way

Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7HT


Nottingham

Tuesday 29 April 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Nottingham Gateway Hotel, Nuthall Road

Nottingham, NG8 6AZ


Newcastle

Thursday 15 May 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Street West

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AX


Leeds

Monday 23 June 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Oxford Place Centre, Oxford Place

Leeds, LS1 3AX


Manchester

Monday 23 June 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street

Manchester, M2 5NS


Birmingham

Tuesday 24 June 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Britannia Hotel, 6 Union Passage, New Street

Birmingham, B2 4RX


Feedback from previous CSIE workshops:

This course is a must for all working in schools.

Excellent. All very clear, interesting and varied.

All excellent - thought provoking, clear presentation, useful materials.

Excellent – Presenters clear and deep knowledge of subject area – excellent materials to support.


CSIE workshop in summer 2013

Anti-bullying strategies for a rich and positive learning environment

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About the workshop:

Do all pupils and staff feel welcome, visible and respected in your school? Do lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pupils and staff feel safe at school? Can disabled pupils and staff, current or prospective, fully participate in every aspect of school life? Ofsted’s report No place for bullying” (June 2012) said that LGBT and disabled pupils bear the brunt of bullying in schools. Do all staff at your school feel well-equipped to tackle homophobic and disablist bullying? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, this workshop is for you.

This workshop is designed to help staff in primary and secondary schools to promote equality and eliminate discrimination. It aims to do more than simply help schools fulfil their legal duties or do well in an Ofsted inspection. It is a practical, “hands on” workshop designed to be engaging and constructive. It highlights equality issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and disabled members of the school community, explores proactive and reactive approaches to bullying and offers a clear framework for advancing equality in schools. It encourages participants to consider experiences of discrimination from a range of perspectives and to take practical steps towards generating rich and positive learning environments from which everyone can benefit.

Who should attend:

Aims

This workshop aims to:

Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

Cost

£90 + vat (total - £108)

HALF PRICE offer: Places available at £45 +VAT (total £54) to delegates who participate in a 30-minute focus group discussion. This will take place straight after the workshop, to explore further ways in which CSIE can help schools promote equality.


Date & Venues

London

Wednesday 19 June 2013, 1:30 – 4:00 pm

National Children’s Bureau (NCB), 8 Wakley Street

London, EC1V 7QE


Sheffield

Thursday 20 June 2013, 1:30 am– 4:00 pm

Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street

Sheffield, S1 2EW

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Trans Equality workshop

Recent workshop exploring issues of trans equality within the UK and India

Trans Equality workshop 2013

CSIE campaigner Em Williams facilitated a workshop exploring issues of trans equality on 25 January 2013, as part of the two-week study visit from a delegation from India which CSIE facilitated . The aim of the session was to familiarise participants with UK equalities legislation, in particular looking at gender reassignment, while also serving as a chance for participants to reflect upon what occurs within their own regions, and India more broadly.

Through using a range of examples of trans inclusion, as well as highlighting some of the ways in which trans young people may experience discrimination within the UK it was hoped that participants would begin to consider the ways in which they might meaningful include and involve trans people within their own settings and planning for teacher education.

The group had little prior understanding around these issues and began the session feeling that they lacked any language to describe trans identities. No one knew what was meant by the terms transgender or transsexual, having no literal equivalent in Hindi, Telugu or Gujarati.

The group were helped to unpick the differences and overlaps between sex, gender and sexual orientation. This was a theme that was carried through-out all of the session’s activities. By the end of the workshop some members of the group were correcting others when they used the terms incorrectly.

An activity was carried out looking at acceptable and unacceptable language when describing trans identities, both within the UK and within their own regions in India. Participants initially said they had no language for any respectful terms used to describe trans identities and very quickly came up with a list of terms they felt to be derogatory. However, during discussion it soon became apparent that there were terms that all agreed to be acceptable. Em spoke to the group about the importance of consulting with people from the trans community in their regions in order to ensure that they were using respectful language at all times.

A continuum exercise asked participants to place examples of possibly discriminatory scenarios along an axis from acceptable to unacceptable. One scenario that was given to the group was “Is it ok to say ‘Don’t be ridiculous, child X is not trans – he is just clearly gay’?” when referring to a very ‘effeminate’ ‘boy.’ One participant felt this was an acceptable thing to say but after discussion with the wider group realised he had not fully grasped the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity. After clarifying how these are different aspects of an identity he revised his opinion and felt it was unacceptable. Discussion also included talking about the way in which context and tone may impact upon whether something is discriminatory, while some examples were seen as being entirely unacceptable in all scenarios.

The Equality Act 2010 was explored with particular attention being given to what is meant by the term ‘gender reassignment’ as a protected characteristic, as well as thinking about which trans people this legislation protects and who might be excluded. The way in which gender reassignment may be linked to the experiences of British school pupils, as well as staff, was explained and the group were encouraged to think about whether legal protection was afforded to people within India who may identify as trans. The group felt legislation did not exist and recognised that this made trans people more vulnerable to abuse. Em encouraged the group to use this knowledge to try and meaningfully include, value and celebrate trans people within their schools.

Participants were given a copy of CSIE’s “Frequently asked questions on schooling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and young people” and areas that were highlighted included the ways in which LGBT History Month might be used to support and kick start trans inclusion. Having met with Sue Sanders, one of LGBT History Month’s co-founder’s and CSIE trustee, earlier in the week as part of their visit, Em suggested that group members could begin something similar in India, if they wished before explaining how such an initiative might help foster good relations, a key part of the Equality Act, 2010.

Feedback from the session included:

The best part for me was clarity of the terminology.

Acceptable and unacceptable language was explained very well and terminology is very good. The best part was [learning about] gender reassignment and terminology.

I have shared our cultural and social orientation towards trans equality issues.

Though it is new to us so it takes time to understand.

The best part for me was that the session was interactive and participative. I felt I was part of the session.

The language and skills of the trainer was very comprehensive.


Bespoke training

In addition to training events listed above, we are always pleased to offer bespoke training tailored to the particular requirements of schools, clusters of schools, other educational settings and/or local authorities. Please contact us on 0117 3533150 or email training@csie.org.uk to see how we can help.

Benefits of CSIE training

CSIE staff and our associate trainers are knowledgeable and experienced in delivering talks and facilitating training for teachers, learning supporters, local authority officers, other professionals involved in young people’s education, parents and students. Our training is routinely praised for the level of interest and engagement it evokes, its positive and constructive impact, the clarity with which even complex issues are presented and the supportive manner in which participants are encouraged to examine their own beliefs and assumptions. CSIE training is competitively priced and offers excellent value for money.

How CSIE can help your setting

We can support the work of:

CSIE is a registered charity heavily reliant on income generated from selling our resources and services. Our current rates for the above activities are:

All rates are subject to VAT; travel and subsistence expenses may also be charged. Special rates may be offered to smaller or voluntary sector organisations; please contact the CSIE office.

Whether you want someone to talk to children and young people, to conference delegates or government officials, please email us at admin@csie.org.uk or use this online form to make an initial enquiry. Someone from CSIE will contact you within five working days to discuss how we can best respond to your request. Thank you for your interest in inclusive education and in CSIE.

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