Friday 30th September 2016
INCLUSION TRUST GIVES AWAY £120,000 FUNDING AS PART OF ITS LEGACY PROGRAMME ON CLOSURE
The Trustees of the Inclusion Trust charity today announced the distribution of its remaining assets to 7 projects as part of its closure and legacy programme.
Following a rigorous application and assessment process (which involved an independent chair and 2 specialist judges) the Trustees today approved distributing £120,000 to 7 projects working with ‘Pushed-Out’ Learners.
As well as projects delivering education in Durham, Blackpool, Bradford, London, Suffolk, and Essex, the Trust is making funding available to an important national research programme on the state of exclusion and a new initiative, Inclusive Classrooms, which targets the professional development of Teaching Assistants within mainstream schools.
Louise Thomas, Chair of Inclusion Trust Trustees says, “As the Inclusion Trust closes, I am delighted that we have been able to fund work that will leave a true legacy for pushed-out learners, and those who work with them. I am particularly proud that we have been able to support projects directly benefiting the vulnerable young people the Trust has existed to serve, as well as research initiatives of national significance and reach.
Stephen Carrick-Davies Interim CEO who managed the legacy programme says, “I am particularly pleased that instead of simply transferring our assets to just one organisation, we launched a national consultation and sought ideas as to what our remaining funding should be used for. This had the effect of both raising awareness of the pioneering work the Inclusion Trust did over the last 16 years, and helped us find a range of delivery partners – large and small – to help us leave a lasting legacy. The fund was understandably oversubscribed (6:1) but we were staggered at the quality of project bids, the fresh thinking and vision to develop sustainable programmes which both prevent exclusions within mainstream education and support the vital work being done within Alternative Provision.”
The Inclusion Trust Trustees decided to close the charity at the end of February 2016 because of a range of factors including changes in the funding and commissioning of services for excluded learners. Whilst it was sad that the charity had to close, there have been valuable lessons learnt in closing a charity positively so that a legacy can be established. To read more about the lessons learnt and the steps the charity went through you can read ‘Closing the door gently article’ written by Stephen Carrick-Davies HERE.
Anita Kerwin-Nye from the charity and education consultancy NotDeadFish which advised the Inclusion Trust on its legacy programme says, “The way that the Inclusion Trust used its closure as a springboard to kick-start a wider debate about pushed-out learners and asked practitioners working on the ground what work needed funding, is an imaginative model for others to follow. Both the range and quality of projects now being supported with the Trust’s remaining funds is testimony to this carefully planned programme and there are lessons to be shared here for other organisations considering the need to close.”
The Projects receiving funding from the Inclusion Trust Legacy fund include:
CHELMSFORD COMMUNITY RADIO – £9,000 for installation of an FM radio aerial.
This programme gives young excluded students a voice and the move from Internet radio to FM will amplify both the reach of the project but also the ability of team (of entirely volunteers) to attract external funding and expand their outreach to local schools. Michelle, one of the young volunteers on the projects says, “CCR is already doing some amazing thing and helps lots of young people, but this support from Inclusion Trust will open more doors and enable us to reach and support many young people who don’t get a voice.”
INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS – £30,000 for training Teaching Assistants.
Inclusive Classrooms is an exciting new initiative providing on-the-job training for the estimated 200,000 Teaching Assistants working in primary schools across England. All of Inclusive Classrooms’ programmes are rooted in research and provide evidence-based solutions to many of the current difficulties associated with TAs’ role in schools. Helen Saddler, the director of this organisation, says, “This funding will enable us to hugely expand the reach of our work in Durham and London and we feel that this support has the potential to stimulate a national reconceptualisation of the role of TAs, a vital influence in the educational experiences of many pushed out learners.”
EDUCATION DIVERSITY – £20,000 for prevention exclusions programme.
Educational Diversity runs the country’s largest PRU (over 300 pupils) and is working with Right to Succeed and 7 local secondary schools to help prevent exclusions and provide CPD to staff on behaviour management and interventions. Cllr Graham Cain, Cabinet Secretary for Blackpool Council, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with Right to Succeed to secure this money, which will help develop a pilot to allow us to understand how unmet learning, social, emotional and physical needs can lead to young children presenting more challenging behaviours as they grow up.”
FRESH START – £20,000 towards a national research project.
Building on from The Inclusion Trust’s ‘The Alternative Should not be inferior’ report, Kiran Gill the Director of this project says, ‘The funding that the Inclusion Trust has given will enable us to begin writing a landmark policy paper with think tank IPPR. The research will help gather new detail on the extent of the legal and illegal exclusion. The paper will also build the case for a new programme developing teachers’ inclusive practice, which aims to revolutionise attitudes to inclusion across the country’s schools.”
TLG CHARITY – £9,000 for online behaviour assessment and tracking resource.
The Inclusion Trust always sought to pioneer effective technology solutions so it is wonderful that we have provided a small grant to help the TLG charity which runs 14 AP centres across the country develop their successful assessment tools and share with others online. Dave Gilkerson Head of Teaching and Learning for the charity says, “This funding will allow us to develop an on-line tracking resource that we can use with our students. Many learners in alterative education settings make great progress in their Behaviour for learning and life long soft-skills which often can’t be assessed or measured and therefore highlighted or celebrated. This new tool will allow us to measure this “whole-person progress” and make this resource available to other schools.”
SUFFOLK ONLINE LEARNING – £5,000 towards mental health training and formation of local strategy
Suffolk Online Learning (previously Suffolk Notschool) was one of the many Not School Hubs through which the Inclusion Trust reached over 10,000 young people. It is therefore special that we can support the work of one of these remaining providers to help them secure professional training in supporting learners with mental health needs. Debbie Thomas one of the staff says “Increasingly we are aware of the complex mental health needs of our learners and we are so grateful for this small funding will make a huge difference in training all our staff and work directly with our users in developing a local mental health strategy.”
TRANSFORM UK – £28,000 to develop Facework employability resource in a new AP provision
Transform UK is a new Alternative Education provider with a vision for setting up a range of new AP Free schools with an emphasis on creativity, employability and community transformation. Led by Eddie Stride who established the City Gateway AP free school, this funding will go towards transferring the Facework Resources, which The Inclusion Trust co-designed with young people, into the new model for learning. Eddie Stride, CEO of Transform says, “As one charity closes, it’s amazing that the Trustees have agreed to support the establishment of a new one, and further develop the Facework resources. What a gift for us and a privilege to be able to work with Stephen and carry on the vision to ensure that alternative education provision really is innovative and creative and truly meets the changing needs of excluded YP.”
The Inclusion Trust ran from 2003 -2016. The Trust will closed on the 30th September 2016.
We are proud of the difference the Inclusion Trust has made for pushed-out young people and are grateful to all the pioneers who set up Not-School in the 1990s and for all the ex-staff and partners in Local Authorities who worked with excluded pupils. It has been a difficult decision as to stop, but we want to make a difference in the way we close the organisation. We hope you will help us to do that. Thank you for your continued support.
Stephen Carrick-Davies, Interim CEO and
Louise Thomas, Chair of Inclusion Trust Trustees