Education & Social Exclusion: Closing the Achievement Gap
19 February, 2003

Business Design Centre, London N1, Tuesday 4 March 2003 with
Stephen Twigg MP, Minister for Schools, DfES

Despite a steady overall improvement in educational standards, the gap in performance continues to widen with particular groups of children and young people being left behind. What should modern local authorities and their partners be doing to confront these failures, and what differences can the recent Education Act make?

Hosted by the New Local Government Network (NLGN), and with a keynote address from DfES Minister Stephen Twigg, this one day conference will address how collaboration and new service delivery partnerships can better support schools in meeting the needs of those pupils at risk of becoming socially excluded.

Conference plenary sessions include:

  • Community leadership – integrating services for children
  • Working with self-managing schools to tackle underachievement
  • Social partnerships
  • Making the right connections
  • The role of inspection in tackling exclusion

These will be followed by a series of parallel workshops on:

  • What do young people want from education?

  • New Deal for Communities – the Tower Hamlets experience
  • How can schools act as community champions?
  • Schooling children in public care – lessons from Ealing

Other speakers include:

Cllr Jane Roberts, LB Camden; Ray Evans, DfES and Coventry Education Service; Michael Peters, Tribal Group plc; Liz Britton, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion; Steve Morrison, Kingsdale School, LB Southwark; Linda Thompson, DfES and LB Ealing; Janet Leigh, Dormers Well High School, LB Ealing; Dan Corry, Executive Director, NLGN; and Liz Allen, Independent Schools Analyst and co-author of recent NLGN/IDeA report Governing Education for Regeneration.*

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Notes: NLGN is an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.

*Copies of Governing Education for Regeneration by Liz Allen and Jane Martin are available from York Publishing Services Ltd. £20.00 (£1.25 p&p) Tel: 01904 431213. Fax: 01904 430868. Email: