Department for Education Roundtable – 7th January 2019


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Officials from the Department for Education are visiting Blackburn Central High School to promote their upcoming roundtable discussions on integration.

As part of our Embracing Diversity conference on integrated communities, taking place on Monday 7th January 2019, the Department for Education will provide an overview of their department’s work on integration.

This will include their work since the publication of the government’s ‘Integrated Communities Strategy’ Green Paper to establish an integration team, and new integration objectives.

Another purpose of the DfE’s visit is to promote their upcoming roundtable discussions with stakeholders in Blackburn, from late January onward.

There will an opportunity to participate in a discussion with the DfE at 1:30pm on Monday 7th January 2019, at BCHS with Crosshill.

This discussion is open to all local stakeholders, including parents, school staff, key partners, and members of the Blackburn community. It’s aimed at understanding local integration issues, how education can promote integration, and how the DfE and partners can create opportunities for integration in Blackburn.

The first session on Monday 7th January 2019, will last an hour, and provide an outline of what they hope to achieve from the discussions. It will also provide an opportunity for you to voice what areas and stakeholders would be the most valuable focal points for the roundtable discussions.

The roundtables will provide opportunities to look at what works, and will also provide opportunities to raise challenges experienced in Blackburn. This is also a chance to consider ways of supporting greater integration through school linking programmes.

If you are interested in participating, please confirm by 4th January 2019.

To confirm your interest or for more information, please email Mrs Shanaz Hussain, Associate Headteacher, at

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