Event Summary



Date and Time

Friday 27 November 2020 (10:00 - 13:00)


Free (Free non-members)

This timely and important event hones in on how we can support and enable staff and students to overcome feelings of isolation and exclusion so that they are able to feel welcomed and confident in their abilities to learn and to progress. Following an initial opening address, each input will feature hands-on ideas and approaches for educators to take away and to use in their own practice.  Featuring co-design by those who have a ‘lived experience of the theme’, we are excited to mention that some will have active student involvement.

Inclusion is at the heart of Derby College Group’s culture, with the organisation being one of only three national SEND centres for excellence.  The college is also delighted to have been successful in their application for the 'College of Sanctuary' award for asylum seekers and refugee students.  In its promotion of online learning, the college is also a Microsoft EdTech demonstrator for schools and colleges across the UK. We are therefore delighted to offer a variety of inputs from DCG staff, and to confirm the following content:

We are delighted to be able to offer a variety of inputs at the event, and we are now able to confirm the following content:

What Do Our Students Think? A student and staff panel to allow students to describe their lived experiences of college life will be facilitated by Marcus Gayle (Student Experience and Progression Coordinator, Derby College Group) who leads the Pastoral Support function at the technical and vocational Roundhouse campus.

Enhancing Inclusive Practice in Covid Times: five generic inclusive teaching tips for teachers of all subjects - Sarah Le Good (Director of Inclusion), Ben Walkerdine (Inclusion Digital Transformation Lead) and Pete Benyon (Team Manager for Student Engagement,) , DCG will review the 5 most impactful inclusive teaching, learning and assessment tips, underpinned by the social model of disability. They will share their approach in driving these through Group Profiles to inform and support practitioners in classroom, workshop and remote delivery.

Assistive Technologies and the Importance of Humour - Ben Walkerdine (Inclusion Digital Transformation Lead, DCG) will explore the assistive elements of Microsoft packages.  Accessibility features and provision of assistive tech is key to supporting independence in learning and developing work readiness - all of which can be done with a smile and a few laughs along the way!

Head, Heart and Hands: the change in your classroom by adopting a social pedagogical approach - Seraya Cliff (Character Education and Tutorial Lead, DCG) will lead a session on exploring social pedagogical principles: The Common Third; the Diamond Model (we aren’t always shiny and new); the Head, Hearts and Hands approach; and the difference between sympathy and empathy to enhance relationships with students. The emphasis will be on developing understanding and sharing practical strategies.

Promoting Positive and Inclusive Learning Behaviours: starting with teaching professionals? - Pete Benyon (Team Manager for Student Engagement, DCG) will consider what we mean by ‘behaviour’. How do we respond to unwanted behaviours, and why?  What can we do to understand our own behaviours and their impact? And why is this important in our professional education roles?

Successful Strategies for Enabling Looked After Young People to be Successful in their Education - Aaron Denton (Head of Behaviour for Learning, DCG) will dip a toe into strategies to progress Looked After Young People. You will be invited to consider what ‘a cup of tea moment’ could be for a student in your setting.

Strategies for 'Mainstreaming' Students for whom English is an Additional Language – Diana Smith (Advanced Practitioner Cross-College ESOL and Adult Learning, DCG) will give an overview of the approach to offering support and a culture of welcome for EAL learners in terms of curriculum design, progression opportunities and projects focusing on integration.



  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.