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Yorkshire schools come together at Red Kite Day Conference

Posted 23rd June 2022

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The sixth Red Kite Day conference promises to be the biggest one yet, bringing together trustees, school leaders and teaching staff from across Red Kite Alliance.

Held at Harrogate Convention Centre on Friday 1 July, the event is both a celebration of recent achievements and a forward-looking focus on Inclusion, Collaboration and Community.

Keynote speakers at the conference are poet, author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay OBE and award-winning disability blogger Chloe Tear. Sissay will reflect on his years growing up in the care system and how this influenced his life and career. Tear will share her experiences of a disabled young person navigating the paths of education and employment.

Taking place for the first time in 4 years, the event embraces the theme of schools reconnecting after Covid. The Alliance is celebrating everything that has been achieved during and beyond the pandemic, when schools pulled together in a time of huge uncertainty and emerged stronger. Red Kite Day also looks at collaboration and the immense benefits schools gain from working in partnership. This includes building solid networks to troubleshoot and provide solutions to challenges faced in education.

Inclusion within the schools is another key focus on the day. Red Kite Alliance recently launched the RED Award, a framework for schools to review, strengthen and celebrate their provision in terms of equality, diversity, respect for individuals and community cohesion.

Neil Renton, Headteacher at Harrogate Grammar School, said,

“The strength of the Red Kite Alliance is that it unites a wide cross-section of schools.

From city centre to rural, there is a rich mix of local authority, single academy and multi-academy schools. Harrogate Grammar School is proud to be part of the Alliance, to learn from each other and work together to achieve our common goals. Being part of this community means that schools can look beyond their own boundaries and seek different perspectives. This event brings us all together in our continued mission to be truly inclusive, to champion the diversity of the communities we work in and the students we support.

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