Inclusion Expert Award of Excellence
Five schools have already achieved the Inclusion Expert Award of Excellence. These schools all show a proven record in Inclusion. The Pupil Premium Handbook was used in part in some of these schools; in others, existing ways of working are well entrenched; in one – an independent school, where the Pupil Premium policy doesn’t apply – we noted a deep commitment to Inclusion at the local and international levels. These five schools received their awards at The House of Commons on Wednesday 21 May 2014.
Following discussions with these schools, the Pupil Premium Handbook was reviewed and amended, in order to build on best practice and real life success stories. All five schools have said that, had it been available, the Handbook would have certainly formed the basis for their improvement plans and systems. Some of their positive views about the Pupil Premium Handbook are featured later in this section.
For your school to achieve the Inclusion Expert Award of Excellence, your organisation must produce a portfolio of evidence that is made up of a specific summary relating to the Inclusion Expert Pupil Premium Framework and a self-assessment referenced to the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959). The portfolio will refer to specific policies and procedures, with examples of how individuals or groups are Included in all ways in the life of the organisation:
- The first section of the portfolio follows each of the seven chapters of the Framework. It is an opportunity to reflect on the issues raised through action points, summaries and evaluation.
- The second section involves cross-referencing to the level of Inclusion achieved in relation to the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Examples from your Framework activity can be used. All details must be signposted.
- Here you will read an exemplar of how one school achieved the Inclusion Expert Award.
- The completion of the submission for the Award can be discussed with someone with knowledge of the process and experience of moderation at any stage of the process.
- Upon submission the organisation will receive within 10 working days an evaluation, either requesting further details or examples, or a formal notice of successful completion.
- On successfully gaining the Award, we will make further contact to consider ways of celebrating the achievement, both within the school and through local media to the wider community.
- In addition we will show how individuals within the organisation may use their achievements to contribute towards points of accreditation for a higher degree with the University of East London (UEL).