Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) has started working with scores of Primary Schools in the Liverpool area to help them achieve the Inclusive School Award. This follows a very successful workshop held in the City where IQM were able to bring their powerful message of the importance of inclusion to Headteachers from across Liverpool.
The workshop was organsied after Liverpool Local Authority (LA) committed to financially supporting its schools to achieve formal recognition for their inclusive practices. To support the schools along the way, the LA in conjunction with the Liverpool Primary Headteachers’ Association (LPHA), has pledged to cover the registration cost and the assessment costs for each of its schools. It is the first Local Authority in the UK to provide this exciting opportunity to all of its primary schools.
So far 101 of the schools eligible in the Liverpool LA have registered their interest and are on their way to securing the nationally recognised Inclusive School Award. Many of them will progress even further on this journey to achieve an IQM Centre of Excellence award.
Speaking on behalf of IQM, Joe McCann, CEO said the company is delighted to be working with the LA and the LPHA to bring this exciting opportunity to Liverpool schools.
He explained, “Liverpool is the first local authority in the UK to cover both the registration and assessment costs for its school. It should be applauded for giving this level of support to its schools to recognise their inclusive practices. It’s vitally important for the life chances of pupils that their schools strive to be inclusive. The Inclusive School Award gives schools recognition of their inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing this further in education.
“We look forward to more LAs following Liverpool’s example and committing to recognising inclusion in this way.”
David Delaney the Headteacher of Christ the King Catholic Primary School was one of the speakers at the event. An IQM Flagship school he spoke about the benefits his school have gained by investing in inclusion. Watch some of his message below.
Find out more about the IQM Inclusive School Award
If your school is interested in obtaining the IQM Inclusive School Award or you wish to talk to a member of the IQM team please telephone:
028 7127 7857 (9.00 am to 5.00 pm)
or email: [email protected] for further details.
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