15/11/22Festival of Inclusion On Monday 14th November 2022, some of our student had the opportunity to take part in the ‘Festival of Inclusion’ at the university of East London. During the day our students were able to go on a tour of the universities Stratford campus. The Stratford Campus is home to the School of Education and Communities and the Centre for Clinical Education in Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. The students enjoyed experiencing the atmosphere of a typical day at university. In the afternoon, our students presented their feelings on special needs inclusion to a cohort of 200 trainee teachers. Our students were joined by students from two other schools. One who spoke about ethnicity and religion being represented correctly in the curriculum and the other discussing how to stretch more able students. All the presentations were well received by the trainee teachers and provided vital feedback from the students about how to best teach them. After the presentations the trainee teachers were able to meet with the students in the gallery for informal conversations, during this time students were able to confidently discuss their school experiences. In a response to the student presentations the trainee teachers were each ask to make a small visual tile which represented what they had learnt from the visiting children. The tiles will be combined into a piece of commissioned 3D art, which will be displayed in the campus grounds as a permanent reminder of the ‘festival of Inclusion’. We can’t wait to go back to see the piece of art, which we inspired!