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Croydon Schools and the Black Child

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In 2003 the Croydon Schools and the Black Child conference was jointly organised with London Borough of Croydon who were keen to get Croydon parents and young people involved in the LSBC initiative. Croydon has a high number of African Caribbean families and many of the same problems around crime and education as inner London Boroughs have. The Council are dedicated to improving educational outcomes for African-Caribbean young people.

The Conference took place at the Hilton Hotel in Croydon and was attended by hundreds of parents, teachers and other educators and young people. Speakers at the conference included Dr David Sands, Director of Education at Croydon Council; Floyd Millen, Director of Race on the Agenda and Michelle Stewart, Inclusion Development Worker at Croydon Council. Attendees had the opportunity to question the speakers at length and take advantage of their experience in the field.

The Archbishop Tennison Gospel Choir sang for the audience and the training and advice organisation Connexions kindly showed a film of young Black people talking about their education and growing up experiences.

During the conference there were a number of seminars designed to explore the issues in more detail. The titles of the seminars were: -
* School Governors
* Maxismising the Parent and Teacher Relationships
* Community Involvement
* Focus on Fathers
* Aiming High - For Practitioners

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