Jacqui Newton – (Co Headteacher – Seely Primary School, Nottingham) and Colin Newton of Inclusive Solutions spent last Tuesday in Brighton with the team at Downs Infants school creating a MAP.
Q and A with Heidi Evans – Acting Lead Educational Psychologist/Uwch Seicolegydd AddysgHaverfordwest / HwlfforddPembrokeshire / Sir BenfroWe asked Heidi three questions about the impact of person centred planning training from Inclusive Solutions in Pembrokeshire and really appreciated her responses …· What impact has person-centred planning training and Inclusion Facilitation had on the ability of your staff to enable Disabled young people to be involved in decision making in their lives and to have more choice & control ?The person centred planning training was inspirational. It reminded education professionals about the reason they wanted to work with children in the first place and therefore ignited a renewed enthusiasm for their work in general. It also gave them a a new set of skills to enable them to channel this enthusiasm and work with pupils in a way which feels much more pupil centred.· What support/additional support might your staff need to ensure they have the skills and confidence to take a person-centred planning approach with all the Disabled young people and their families with whom they work?In Pembrokeshire we ensured that we had a team of Champions who could sustain the enthusiasm and provide our school with direct support in implementing PCP and becoming more person centred in their general approaches. Our next vision is to create Person Centred Schools so may need some help and support around that in the future…· What person centred planning are you offering families in your LA and what impact is this approach having on families?We are using PCP as the underpinning of the statutory reform so are encouraging schools and families to engage in developing Individual Development Plans which by their =very nature are Person Centred and in order to develop one a person centred planning/review meeting has to take place. Currently we are using the PATH and supporting schools in developing their usual review meetings with ones that follow a person centred approach.
Tara Flood – (Director Alliance for Inclusion) and Colin Newton of Inclusive Solutions spent last Saturday in Dunblane with the Scottish Partners in Policy Making – a group of disabled self advocates and parents of disabled children – teaching them about the Keys to Inclusion
NOTTINGHAM COMMUNITY CIRCLE
The Nottingham Community Circle is from 7:45pm for 8pm start till 9:15pm
Come and join us!!
Second Wednesday in every month…
This week Wednesday – 10th December 2018!
New Year Special!!
St Judes Church hall
405 Woodborough Rd, Nottingham NG3 5HE
‘Emotional Well-being’ and ‘Chairing Meetings’…
…brought to you by the innovative and unique Inclusive Solutions together with Inclusive learning North
The venues/dates are:
Halifax @ Tower House Hotel HX2 7EW Tuesday 16th January
Wakefield @ Waterton Park Hotel WF2 6PW Tuesday 23rd January
Rochdale @ Norton Grange Hotel OL11 2XZ Wednesday 24th January
Salford @ Worsley Marriott Hotel M28 2QT Tuesday 6th February
Chester @ Abbots Well Hotel, Christleton CH3 5QL Wednesday 7th February*
Hull @ Grange Park Hotel, Willerby HU10 6EA Tuesday 27th February
Formby @ Formby Hall Hotel L37 0AB Wednesday 28th February
Warrington @ Urban Village Hotel WA1 1QA Tuesday 20th March
Sandbach @ Chimney House Hotel CW11 4ST Wednesday 21st March*
‘Develop a deeper understanding of children’s emotional needs’
Delivered by Colin Newton and Marnie Aston from Inclusive Solutions
together with Zena Martin from Inclusive Learning North
This workshop gives an opportunity to focus on the emotional needs of children and young people and how to meet these. We lift the lid on an emerging urgent inclusion issue, meeting the emotional well-being of all children. We need to find ways to allow children to unclench their hearts and learn to experience, process, communicate and manage their own emotional lives for their own and for the good of the wider community.
Inclusive Solutions with their unique and innovative style promise to…..“never bore you on our training events!”
As human beings we are wonderfully diverse and creative – capable of so much love and self-sacrifice. Yet, so easily, we can be divided, abusive or even worse. Prejudice, fear and poverty push so many people to the edges of our community: disabled people, refugees, those who are oppressed because of their race, sexuality or beliefs are marginalised and disconnected from each other. Even those who seem to have the power or the money seem to be living lives that are so shallow: cut off from their neighbours, not involved in their communities and detached from a democratic systems that seem farcically removed from real life.
Often we have confronted these challenges with a call to civil rights, demanding the inclusion of the excluded and calling on the principles of justice. This is right, but insufficient. The changes we need are just about inclusion in the mainstream, they also demand the transformation of the mainstream. We don’t want people to just fit into society; we want to live in the kind of welcoming communities where everyone already fits, where gifts are valued, where contribution is expected and supported.
The ideal of inclusion offers us one way of thinking about the kinds of communities we need. But for inclusion to be real then the people in those communities, all of us, need to act differently. We need to be different people – or perhaps better – we need to learn how to act differently. Communities are just another word for us.
Traditions of thought and religion around the world vary and there are different words to describe how we should live together in community. But in the Western tradition one word stands out above all the others – citizenship.
Being a true citizen has nothing to do with having a passport; it means living your life as if you are a member of the community and as if you share in the responsibility for ensuring that others are welcomed into it. As John O’Brien puts it:
Citizens are people who can say “I belong to this place and it’s people and I am willing to act from responsibility for my belonging.” (Citizenship and Person-Centred Work p. 110)
Let us spend a day sharing three levels of team problem solving with you!
Solution Circles – thats 20 minutes
Insight and Solution Circles – well thats going to take 45 minutes
Circle of Adults – now we are going really deep – 1 hour 30 minutes
Call us now to book a day for your team….
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Fresh One is a one-day training course for people who have a family member, or work with someone, with autism
Friday 2nd February 2018
10.00 AM – 4.00 PM
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT? – It is fundamentally important that we are clear about how the IF approach to support and planning differs from our more usual approaches. Making this distinction is not totally straightforward despite the fact that IF is a very different way of working with young people. A very large part of the challenge here has to do with moving from a needs or deficit model of disability to a human rights focussed and person centred model of disability. A perceived failure to make this shift is what was behind the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Committee’s strong criticisms, in August 2017, of the lack of progress being made towards greater inclusion within UK educational settings. This particular observation relates to Article 24 of the Convention that sees access to inclusive education as one of the supporting pillars of a good life for disabled people.