Scheme to help schools become more inclusive heading to Coventry - The Coventry Observer

Scheme to help schools become more inclusive heading to Coventry

Coventry Editorial 4th Jun, 2022   0

THE inaugural Inclusive Learning Environments Show, a national conference helping schools to become more inclusive spaces for pupils is coming to Coventry.

The event will be held at Coventry Building Society Arena between June 14 and 15.

Studies show over 350,000 young people under 18 benefit from some form of extra support in this country, but 90 per cent of children with special education needs and disability (SEND) attend non-specialist schools.

The show will help schools, colleges and universities to create learning environments to better support the development of people with SEND.

It will feature over 35 exhibitors including manufacturers, distributors, and service providers and is expected to attract headteachers, directors of education and special educational needs coordinators.

A conference programme will be running alongside the event that has been shaped by the Department of Education, The Society of British and International Design, and Scottish Futures Trust among others.

HLM Architects director Philip Watson and Springwell Leeds Academy’s associate principal Shona Crichton will be showing how schools can work with architects to create spaces that help teachers to create better outcomes for students.

The show has been organised through a partnership between Step Connect 2 and the Department of Education.

Step Connect 2 managing director James Lee said: “The show will introduce delegates to products, ideas, companies and opportunities that will help them take the next steps to creating inclusive environments.

“At our 2019 Education Estates event, we had conversations with several key stakeholders in the SEND built environment sector, and it became clear that there was scope to hold an event entirely devoted to inclusive learning environments.

“That need has only increased throughout the pandemic, and it is increasingly vital that schools, colleges and universities have the appropriate, well-equipped space to cater for the requirements of children and young people with SEND.”

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