Suffolk Rainbow Conference 2018

Free Suffolk Rainbow Conference 2018 at University of Suffolk on Monday 2 July 2018 for people who work with children and young people.

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On Monday 2 July 2018 at University of Suffolk

  • Free
  • 9.30am to 3.45pm
  • At The Atrium, Northern Campus, 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ

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For professionals who work with children or young people including:

  • teachers
  • headteachers
  • governors
  • support workers

Assistant Head at Parkfield Community School
Author of, “No Outsiders in our school: Teaching the Equality Act in Primary Schools".

Andrew MoffatThe No Outsiders scheme enables children to confidently defend LGBT equality alongside equality for all sections of the community, using the Equality Act and British values as a foundation.

In May 2016 when Parkfield School achieved ‘Outstanding’ status, No Outsiders was highlighted as a key strength.

In 2017 Andrew was awarded an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education. Andrew’s new book, “Reclaiming radical ideas in schools: Preparing young children for life in modern Britain” uses No Outsiders parent workshops to foster community cohesion and reduce potential for radicalisation.

Keynote: No Outsiders in our school: Teaching LGBT equality in context

The No Outsiders ethos is used in primary schools across the UK to teach children about diversity, difference and belonging.

Using picture books as stimulus, Andrew has written a scheme of work for EYFS- Y6 classes which explores identity based on the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act: Race, Religion, Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Age, Disabilities.

Andrew’s work on teaching LGBT equality has evolved over the last ten years and he is open about getting it wrong in the past and finding a way to get it right today.

The session will demonstrate how schools can achieve an ethos where every child and family feels welcome.

Find out more

Pick the workshops you wish to attend on the day.

Workshop 1: Andrew Moffat

(After his keynote speech); Andrew’s workshop will demonstrate practical strategies, lesson plans and school assemblies that can be used to teach LGBT equality in context, as part of a whole school No Outsiders ethos. 

Workshop 2: LGBT Norfolk

"Take a Walk in Our Shoes" aims to raise the awareness faced by LGBT+ individuals either in schools, work or in their everyday private lives. 

Participants are invited to take part in the activities as well as a group discussion where we welcome any questions around LGBT+ awareness.

Workshop 3: Manwar Ali

The founder and Chief Executive of Muslim educational charity JIMAS will be discussing and exploring Suffolk County Council's Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) award winning "Teaching Controversial Issues Toolkit".

The toolkit seeks to promote the growth of mutual understanding between those of different religious beliefs, by giving confidence and offering practical guidance to local teachers with facing the nuances and challenges of delivering sensitive and controversial issues in the classroom. 

Workshop 4: The New Wolsey Theatre

Join us to discover how you can bring creativity into your classroom.

Take part in a practical workshop which will include plenty of activities to motivate and challenge your students while developing interpersonal skills, confidence and team work alongside the exploration of difference, diversity and values.

  • Primary schools: we’ll be running games and exercises which can be implemented as part of your everyday teaching, and can support literacy and the creative delivery of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
  • Secondary schools: you’ll discover activities that are designed to raise students' aspirations and consider their place in the world, alongside building confidence for pathways beyond formal education.
Expect a fun and hands on 55 minutes…we recommend comfortable clothing!

Workshop 5: Improving outcomes for children in care - Suffolk Virtual School

This workshop:

  • provides an insight into the profile of children in care and how to develop inclusive practice to meet their needs within the classroom and the wider school setting
  • explores effective personal education planning and provision for children in care
  • demonstrates how to develop person centred meetings to effectively capture and respond to pupil voice
  • introduces new duties for children previously in care, which come into effect from September 2018.

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Visit: The Suffolk Virtual School

Workshop 6: The Colourbox Nurseries

colourboxSandra Copping, who was recently awarded the prestigious title of Montessorian of the Year by the Montessori Schools Association, will be discussing how she supports children with additional needs including those who have English as an additional language within her setting.

Sandra will be sharing her very practical ideas as well as hosting a stall so that you can purchase low cost items for your setting.


Workshop 7: Suffolk County Council's Mental Health Team

SuffolkEWHub Logo smallYoung people are experiencing more mental health distress than ever, whether that is anxiety, depression or some other problem.

This workshop will explore how we promote good mental health and emotional wellbeing and also make it easier for children, young people and their parents/carers to talk about concerns when they arise in an open, confident way.

Visit: The Emotional Wellbeing Hub

Workshop 8: County Inclusion Support Service (CISS)

Inclusion for students with Autistic Spectrum Conditions in mainstream secondary and primary schools and case studies of good practice from Special Eductional Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) at Mildenhall College Academy, Newmarket Academy and Forest Academy.

Presented by:

  • Louise Nelson CISS Teacher
  • Zowie Loomes CISS Specialist Inclusion Assistant
  • Becky Woods SENCo, Mildenhall College Academy
  • Nikki Johnston SENCo, Newmarket Academy
  • Zoe Huff SENCo, Forest and Elveden Academies

Visit: The CISS

Workshop 9: Supporting pupils with SEND in the areas of social understanding and sex education, Priory School

A practical approach to designing visual/kinaesthetic approaches to sensitive areas of learning. There'll be an emphasis on accessibility and skills transfer; and time to discuss issues and ask for advice. 

Visit: The Priory School

Workshop 10: Welfare through Inclusion at Roman Hill Primary School

One of the Pupil Welfare Managers and the Assistant Headteacher responsible for Welfare and SEND from the school will be sharing how the whole school inclusive ethos demands that provision continues to evolve with each individual that joins the school.

They will be sharing the work that has been carried out within school and how they work with families and outside agencies to provide an inclusive, nurturing and restorative community with the key belief that when the Adults smile – we all smile.

Visit: Roman Hill Primary School

Will refreshments be provided?

Yes, refreshments will be provided during the day with a buffet lunch.

If you have any special dietary requirements email after you have booked your place.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The University of Suffolk have provided free parking for this event held at The Atrium, Northern Campus, 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ

How accessible is the venue?

The University of Suffolk's Atrium building is fully accessible with ramps and lifts; and the main room is in a theatre layout, with space at the front for wheelchair access. 

If you have any specific questions regarding the accessibility of The Atrium contact The University of Suffolk Events and Conferencing Team at or on 01473 338658 or 01473 338653.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email or call 01473 263985.

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