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28 October 2018


Following the success of the IMAS project on IMproving ASsistance in inclusive educational settings, a follow-up project IMAS II (2018-1-AT01-KA202-039302) has also secured funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The new project was launched at the end of last week at the University of Graz, Austria, home of the lead partner, and is due to run for two years. CSIE was among eight more project partners from six European countries that were represented at the launch meeting.

Building on the recommendations of the first IMAS project, IMAS II aims to support and strengthen the development of learning support assistants' competencies for inclusive practice.

Collectively, the partners will develop five online “knowledge boxes” and further explore how best to support those who support the learning and development of disabled pupils in schools, in ways which are consistent with the requirements of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). For more information please see the press release.

Nearly 20 years on from CSIE’s national conferences in London and Manchester focusing on the role of learning supporters in inclusion, we are delighted to be part of this project and look forward to making a positive contribution to the way pupil support is organised in schools.

EU Funded

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Black History Month offer

01 October 2018

This October marks 30 years of Black History Month UK, an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate people and events paving the way for race equality. This is not to say that Black History is different, or separate, from our shared history taught in schools, or that it should only be acknowledged in October. Far from it, Black History Month offers dedicated time to highlight and celebrate Black History as an integral part of our shared history. It also serves as an annual reminder to take a careful look at everything that goes on in schools (from curriculum and lesson plans to resources, displays, events and more) and make sure that Black History is honoured and Great Black British Achievers are celebrated throughout the year.

With this in mind, CSIE has teamed up with Black History Month UK to offer two great resources at one discounted price. During October, take advantage of our combined offer and get the Black History Month Schools Resource Pack and CSIE’s toolkit Equality: Making It Happen together, saving over £10. The Black History Month Schools Resource Pack contains posters, assembly notes, lesson plans for key stages 1, 2 and 3 and more. Equality: Making It Happen includes equality audit tools, key information, practical advice, examples of good practice with regard to all equality strands, and more. Get both resources for only £60 and be well on the way to promoting equality in your school. For more information and to place your order please visit our resources pages.

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Happy Birthday CSIE!

28 June 2018

On this day CSIE celebrates 36 years of remarkable achievements! Founded on 28 June 1982 as the Centre for Studies on Integration in Education, CSIE took on its current name in the 1990s. The Centre has continued to evolve, has expanded its remit to cover all aspects of equality in education, and has remained at the forefront of developments in inclusive education. On its 36th birthday, CSIE has many reasons to celebrate:

Our award-winning equality guide for schools continues to attract positive feedback, including an independent review in the March issue of Nasen’s magazine Connect, where the reviewer concluded that "Equality: Making It Happen" is “an extremely accessible and valuable resource for any educational provider” which “should be on every school's bookshelf”!

We have recently received a National Lottery grant to set up, in collaboration with primary and secondary schools, an online equality hub to be made freely available to all schools. Many teachers have told us that the multitude of resources available is overwhelming and that a single space from which to navigate through available resources would be extremely helpful. In the words of one head teacher: “The idea of an online equality hub being freely available to all schools is essential. When these issues arise for different schools, they don’t know where to look. To have something central, quickly and easily accessible, is brilliant.”

Earlier this year we completed our research on experiences of disabled students at the University of Bristol and expect to launch the report soon. Funding permitting, we are ready to begin work, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Exeter, on the next issue in the series of Trends reports, exploring the proportion of children placed in special schools or other separate settings by each local authority in England.

During the past year we saw the successful conclusion of three international projects we had been involved in: the European Literacy and Citizenship project (ELICIT-plus), the Improving Assistance in Inclusive Educational Settings project (IMAS) and the Beit project. We are honoured to have been invited to contribute to four new projects: a national research project on children’s experiences of inclusion and three international projects: a follow-up on the IMAS project, a new Erasmus+ project on Enhancing Practices of Inclusive Teaching in European Countries (EPITEC) and a new project creating a Sustainable Transformation on Educational Practices Initiative Network (STEP-IN).

Additional ways in which CSIE offers support for schools continue to be taken up by schools and local authorities throughout the country. We recently started offering support to schools carrying out an equality audit and have continued delivering equality workshops for staff and governors or for school leaders; equality workshops have recently been delivered in Brighton, Derby and Preston, attracting extremely positive feedback in each location. Our disability awareness workshops for pupils are becoming increasingly popular with primary and secondary schools; in two days of workshops at Eastlea Community School last month, 94% of pupils said on anonymous feedback slips that they have found the workshop helpful. Some of the reasons pupils gave were:

“It showed us how we are all similar and it does not matter if we look different.”

“It taught me that if you see a disabled person alone help and play with them.”

“There is an autistic person who keeps chasing me and now I know I shouldn’t run away from him.”

“I know more about disability and not to judge people.”

Happy Birthday CSIE, we all wish that you keep going from strength to strength and continue to be valued for achievements at the cutting edge of educational change!

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SEND Inquiry

15 June 2018

CSIE has responded to the Education Committee’s inquiry into special educational needs and disabilities. In its response, CSIE provided details of the multiple agencies which have recently emphasised the need to develop a more inclusive education system, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. CSIE also emphasised that recent law reforms do not fully embrace other relevant legislation, including the Equality Act 2010. Finally, CSIE’s submission referred to ongoing barriers to equality of opportunity: a) the chicken-and-egg relationship between parental choice and the context in which it takes place stressing that, until schools in every part of the country are willing and able to include the full diversity of learners, the promise of parental choice remains hollow; and b) inflexible ideas about how teaching and learning are organised in schools, leading to widespread belief that some disabled children cannot be included in ordinary schools.

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Clearance sale

12 June 2018

In a once-in-a-lifetime sale, we are offering up to 90% off our resources, for a limited period only and while stocks last. We are preparing to relocate our stockroom and need to reduce our stock of printed resources. During June only, we are selling off all our current resources for £5 or £10 each, and most titles in our bargain corner for an unbelievable £1 each!

Whether you are looking for a whole school equality guide, the Index for Inclusion for early years or information on local authority school placement trends, there has never been a better time to get great resources at fantastic discounts!

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Awards for All

05 June 2018

We are delighted to announce that CSIE has received funding from the National Lottery Awards for All programme to set up an online equality hub! The grant will enable us to work with schools to create this new resource, and make it freely available to all schools.

We expect to draw from our collaboratively-created, award-winning guide "Equality: Making It Happen – a guide to help schools ensure everyone is safe, included and learning” enhanced with up-to-date information and enriched with current examples of good practice. Teachers tell us that the multitude of resources available is overwhelming and agree that a single space from which to navigate through available resources would be extremely helpful. In the words of one head teacher: “The idea of an online equality hub being freely available to all schools is essential. When these issues arise for different schools, they don’t know where to look. To have something central, quickly and easily accessible, is brilliant!”

We are exploring the possibility that the new equality hub will be hosted on a long-established website popular with teachers, and trust we will soon be able to confirm further details about this exciting project.

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Beit project update

16 March 2018

CSIE is proud to have been the UK partner for the Beit Project since 2016 and to have contributed to recent talks about the continuation of the project.

The Beit Project Association was created in 2010 by an interdisciplinary group dedicated to citizenship education and heritage. It seeks to transform heritage sites into educational platforms for dialogue and debate linking History and contemporary issues. The project’s focus is on encountering the city, the people who live there, the buildings, the history, and the issues these raise which are still relevant today. ‘Encountering the other’, is made possible through the various stages of the project.

In 2016-2018, the project has been co-funded by the European Union in the frame of the Europe for Citizens programme of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. It has been realized in 8 cities (London, Lodz, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Marseille, Sofia and Skopje) of 7 European countries (United-Kingdom, Poland, France, Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) with the support of the local partners (Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, Centrum Dialogu, Maison de l’Europe à Paris, Archives de la Ville de Bruxelles, Shalom and Euro Baljan Institute) and the energy of the local teams. Thanks to them, more than 3000 European citizens have been touched by the project during this period. More information is available on the Beit Project website; an English translation will be added here as soon as it becomes available.

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Praise for our equality guide

07 March 2018

Nasen Review

CSIE is delighted to hear that our award-winning guide Equality: Making It Happen – A guide to help schools ensure everyone is safe, included and learning, is reviewed in the March issue of nasen Connect. This time the independent reviewer is Ruth Harlow, Primary School Inclusion Leader, who has written a true accolade for our resource, praising its versatility and user-friendliness among other things. Her review opens by saying that “‘Equality: Making It Happen’ is an extremely accessible and valuable resource for any educational provider”, and closes by suggesting that it “should be on every school’s bookshelf”. At £30 a copy if bought directly from CSIE, we certainly hope that schools will choose to take up her recommendation!

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New strategic partnership

07 March 2018

CSIE is honoured to have been invited to become a strategic partner of the Essex & Thames Primary SCITT and looks forward to a long and constructive collaboration. This partnership arises out of an increasingly strong association between the two organisations and CSIE’s long-standing involvement in school-centred initial teacher education in Essex, including a keynote address in the Essex Inclusion Conference of two years ago. The partnership opens up exciting possibilities and CSIE looks forward to sharing its expertise and existing resources, or collaboratively creating new tailor-made resources, in the coming weeks, months and years.

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Free Workshops

16 February 2018

CSIE is delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Goodall Foundation to support our work promoting equality in schools in Brighton & Hove. We are planning, in close collaboration with Brighton & Hove City Council, to run two equality workshops next month. The workshops will be of interest to senior leaders of primary and secondary schools, will address key issues of equality in education and provide simple and practical ideas to help schools raise achievement, address prejudice and reduce bullying through attending to equality holistically. For more information and to book through the Council’s online portal please see www.beem.org.uk/Event/65349 for the morning workshop (11:30-1:30 on 20 March) and www.beem.org.uk/Event/66413 for the twilight session (4:00-6:00 pm on 20 March).

We remain grateful to the Goodall Foundation and Brighton & Hove City Council for their financial and practical support respectively, to enable these equality workshops to go ahead and to be offered to participants free of charge. The workshops are framed around our award-winning guide Equality: Making It Happen of which all participants will receive a complimentary copy.

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Snapshots of equality

05 February 2018

During LGBT History Month, we are available to carry out equality surveys in primary and secondary schools, providing each school with clear information and practical recommendations.

Based on questionnaires from our award-winning guide “Equality: Making It Happen”, this is a rare opportunity to engage the whole school community and address all protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.

Here is what you can expect from us. We will:

Special offer for orders placed by 28 February 2018: £500 +vat

To place an order, please complete this online order form.

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