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Consultation on the Dudley Wider Inclusion Strategy

The Wider Inclusion Strategy has the core aim of reducing the level of ‘exclusions’ and ‘off rolling’ (taking pupils off the school register) in Dudley schools. Pupils currently facing exclusion will be supported through effective pathways to remain in mainstream education successfully, access high quality alternative provision or receive better support for their special educational needs or disabilities [SEND]. Success for the strategy will be measured against pupil outcomes including progress, attendance and post 16 destinations e.g. education, employment or training

The main principles behind the strategy were shared at a school conference on February 26th 2019 and since then there have been preliminary discussions with headteachers, governors, parents, officers and other interested parties.

The strategy needs to work effectively alongside other Council support to develop partnership working between schools, the local authority and local organisations. Other complimentary support activities include special educational needs, early help (support provided by partners to work with families and young people, the virtual school (the system that oversees the education of children in care), services for pupils missing from education, education psychology and youth offending. The Council is also looking to develop a School Readiness Strategy to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds before they move into Year 1.

The Consultation Process

The consultation is based on a number of key questions and draft proposals in order for all stakeholders to provide formal feedback. There will also be a second conference on the 26th June at Saltwells EDC from 8.30am to 12.30pm to hear the views of headteachers and chairs of governance.

The deadline for responses will be Friday 19th July 2019.

The Proposals and Sharing Your View

The document below outlines our proposals and the questions we would like you to consider. After having read the document you can provide your feedback by either:

Using this feedback, a draft strategy will be drawn up and shared with headteachers, other partners and stakeholders early in September before it is finalised and launched. However, some elements of the strategy may be introduced earlier where there is a clear need and universal support.