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1 NATT+ Residential Conference 19-20 March 2009 “Mainstreaming not Erosion!” Summary

2 “Questions answered - Questions still to be asked” (1) What was the menu like? What was the menu like? Impressive, up-to-date, relevant and with inspiring high points Impressive, up-to-date, relevant and with inspiring high points What sort of organisation is NATT+? What sort of organisation is NATT+? “A very important and excellent organisation” (Sarah McCarthy-Fry) “A very important and excellent organisation” (Sarah McCarthy-Fry) Is there DCSF commitment to narrowing the gaps? Is there DCSF commitment to narrowing the gaps? Yes – plugging the gaps!!! Research/EHE/Ascription/new targets and “My Department is proud to support and endorse the GRTHM” Yes – plugging the gaps!!! Research/EHE/Ascription/new targets and “My Department is proud to support and endorse the GRTHM”

3 “Questions answered - Questions still to be asked” (2) How deep is that commitment? How deep is that commitment? Evidence of successful pilot projects being scaled up for national implementation – ELamp and NS Evidence of successful pilot projects being scaled up for national implementation – ELamp and NS But what about the children? But what about the children? Minister – “Every child must be safe and respected – but just one child (outside this protective boundary) is one too many” Minister – “Every child must be safe and respected – but just one child (outside this protective boundary) is one too many”

4 “Questions answered - Questions still to be asked” (3) Are there sufficient resources and trust going into the empowerment of the GRT communities to take constructive action for themselves? Are there sufficient resources and trust going into the empowerment of the GRT communities to take constructive action for themselves? Perhaps not enough when we see what can be achieved by the excellent work of DGLG and others. Perhaps not enough when we see what can be achieved by the excellent work of DGLG and others. Are GRT a ‘hard to reach’ community? Are GRT a ‘hard to reach’ community? ‘Depends on how hard you are looking!’ ‘Depends on how hard you are looking!’

5 “Questions answered - Questions still to be asked” (4) Is community cohesion important? Is community cohesion important? Well, of course it is if one wants to avoid social breakdown and damaged lives. Well, of course it is if one wants to avoid social breakdown and damaged lives. But is the promotion of ‘British’ community cohesion just another example of ‘gang- making’? But is the promotion of ‘British’ community cohesion just another example of ‘gang- making’? May be, if it is without intense human rights education and a more robust control of the media. May be, if it is without intense human rights education and a more robust control of the media.

6 “Questions answered – Questions still to be asked” (5) Are we convinced that those who are responsible for ITT/EPD/CPD and all other professional trainers are fully cognisant of the size and complexity of the GRT issues? Are we convinced that those who are responsible for ITT/EPD/CPD and all other professional trainers are fully cognisant of the size and complexity of the GRT issues? I leave you to make your judgement on this matter! I leave you to make your judgement on this matter! Are we convinced NQ doctors should learn on the job? Are we convinced NQ doctors should learn on the job? Is it inappropriate to put diversity/equality/GRT issues in ITT? Is it inappropriate to put diversity/equality/GRT issues in ITT? Chris and Claire gave us a definitive and stunning answer to that stupid question! Chris and Claire gave us a definitive and stunning answer to that stupid question! Are GRT really a key part of your LA? (Ian’s pertinent question) Are GRT really a key part of your LA? (Ian’s pertinent question) Only you can answer that – but it is sadly unlikely given the political context in too many local authorities. Only you can answer that – but it is sadly unlikely given the political context in too many local authorities.

7 “Questions answered – Questions still to be asked” (6) So what do we take away from this conference? So what do we take away from this conference? A sense of indebtedness to Anthea, ‘the team’ and all the presenters in plenary and workshop sessions. THANK YOU A sense of indebtedness to Anthea, ‘the team’ and all the presenters in plenary and workshop sessions. THANK YOU An acute awareness of the importance of sharing as the real food of professional development. An acute awareness of the importance of sharing as the real food of professional development. An acute awareness of our ability to remain innovative and creative and the powerful contribution this makes to education generally. An acute awareness of our ability to remain innovative and creative and the powerful contribution this makes to education generally.

8 “Questions answered – Questions still to be asked” (6) The mutually beneficial synergy and close working relationship with the DCSF officials – thanks to Geoff and Andrea The mutually beneficial synergy and close working relationship with the DCSF officials – thanks to Geoff and Andrea We are also reminded of NATT+ member’s ability to stand up for GRT communities and their own professional self-respect when occasions demand!!! We are also reminded of NATT+ member’s ability to stand up for GRT communities and their own professional self-respect when occasions demand!!! The ability of ‘hardened’ professionals to be REALLY moved by story and testimony linked to family tragedy and the dignity of our Diana Award recipient. The ability of ‘hardened’ professionals to be REALLY moved by story and testimony linked to family tragedy and the dignity of our Diana Award recipient. The importance of community empowerment and self advocacy – a tool to address ‘erosion’. The importance of community empowerment and self advocacy – a tool to address ‘erosion’. Recognising when individuals and groups have had a great time as we all have over these two days! Recognising when individuals and groups have had a great time as we all have over these two days!

9 Thank you for listening Have a safe journey home, a great weekend and a really good year. Have a safe journey home, a great weekend and a really good year. A.Ivatts@ukgateway.net A.Ivatts@ukgateway.net A.Ivatts@ukgateway.net


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