The sixth annual London Schools and the Black Child conference took place in central London on Saturday 7th February 2009 and was deemed a great success by parents, teachers and children who attended. The focus of the conference was on exclusions from school.
We had inspiring speeches from comedians Steven K Amos and Little Miss Jocelyn as well as Mayor of London Boris Johnson and children and young people’s minister Baroness Morgan. But the star speaker of this year's conference was the 2008 London Schools and the Academic Achievement Award winner Shardae Smith who thanked her parents for all the support they had given her on her road to success.
The title of this year's conference was "Educational Opportunity for all - Without Exclusion" in reference to the continuing differences between black children and their white counterparts in educational achievements and to the disproportionate level of exclusions of black boys from school. For many years Hackney parents have come to see me, worried because their child has been excluded from school and they don't know what to do to get them back on track. It is a subject that has also come up at a lot of the past LSBC conferences. The conference provided a brilliant opportunity for parents to talk to each other about the problems they face.
Workshop themes at this year's conference were: -
- Time For Action – Equipping Young People For The Future
- Educating Excluded Young People : Improving Pupil Referral Units
- Research Report: Tackling Exclusion - The Successes and the Failures
- Including The Excluded – Young People’s Perspectives On School Exclusions
- School Exclusion and Youth Crime
- Teachers and Communities: Working Together To Achieve Results
- Sharing Responsibility I: Becoming A School Governor
- Sharing Responsibility II: Creating An Effective Partnership With Your Child
- Sharing Responsibility III: Role Models and the REACH programme
- Supplementary Schools and Maintained Schools – Working Together To Raise Educational Performance
- Achieving A Representative Teaching Workforce In London
- Creating Solutions Through Mentoring
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