When: 2nd October, 4pm-8pm and 3rd October, 9.15am-5.30pm
We are pleased to invite you to participate in a new type of workshop – Citizen Lab, a pilot programme with Wolverhampton City Council – which is looking at promoting inclusion and a culture of belonging in schools to reduce permanent exclusions. We would value your input into the workshop which will be split over 1.5 days and will take place in Birmingham. You will join a diverse range of stakeholders (from local government, business, community, police, academia etc) and we would highly value your contribution to this important city-wide challenge.
About Citizen Lab
Citizen Lab has been created by Birmingham City University working in partnership with Wolverhampton University and the WMCU academic network.
It is an opportunity for collaboration, discovering new ideas and seeing how we can do things differently, improve outcomes in the city and save money. It is also about sustainable ways of taking this forward and re-imagining how services can work to be more effective.
Our work recognises we live in a complex society. Things are interconnected. There is a complex web of interrelated factors governing our health, our environment, our working lives and our general well–being. We live in an interdisciplinary world where no single approach or a single organisation has the solution. This provides us with both challenges and opportunities in how we respond to the needs of citizens in the region. We respond to these needs by building more agile communities with open and fluid thinking, working together with us to drive new products, new services and new solutions.
Context to the Challenge
Since 2013, school exclusions have been rising year-on-year, despite these numbers falling in the previous period between 2006/07 and 2012/13. The data consistently show that pupils from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds are significantly more likely to face school exclusion. In its 2017-18 annual report, Ofsted stated that pupils with SEN support were five times more likely to have a permanent exclusion than pupils without and that 27 per cent of pupils with SEN support had had a fixed term exclusion in the preceding year.
There is an urgent need for broad-based and meaningful collaboration that will develop the right strategies to address this critical challenge.
The Citizen Lab approach
In October, Birmingham City University and the University of Wolverhampton will deliver a Citizen Lab in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and other stakeholders. The Citizen Lab is based on two aspects: Problem scoping and Solution scoping. These involve understanding the challenge area (in this case school exclusions) from the local stakeholders perspective and then working towards possible solutions, drawing on the wide range of expertise and knowledge available. These activities citizen-centric and rely on active knowledge transfer between participants.
The Citizen Lab has 7 core principles:
Empower communities and champion advocates
Design for trust, especially around change
Facilitate personal and community ownership and empowerment through sustained and genuine participation
Use challenge areas as catalysts for innovation
Debate and co-create across comfort zones
Respect the value of the venue
Provide a clear journey to deliver outcomes
Outline Citizen Lab agenda:
Day 1: (approx. times)
16:00 – Registration and coffee; networking
16:15 – Welcome and introduction to Citizen Lab
16:30 – Introducing the challenge – reducing school exclusions
17:00 – Different perspectives – short talks from key stakeholders and experts
18:00 – Food, drinks and networking opportunity; informal discussions
18:45 – Reconvene; explore the topic in groups
19:45 – Themes identified; wrap up
20:00 – Day 1 Close
Day 2: (approx. times)
09:15 – Registration and coffee; networking
09:30 – Welcome, outline for the day
09:45 – A reminder of the challenge & recap from Day 1
10:00 – Exploring themes and skills
11:00 – Problem Framing and Mapping
12:00 – Sharing Problem Definitions
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 – Ideas exploration and development
15:00 – Refining ideas, potential solutions or pilot projects
16:00 – Sharing ideas
16:45 – Agree follow-on actions
17:30 – Day 2 Close
Please confirm your attendance by registering on Eventbrite and answering these four questions, in preparation for the Lab:
What are your main areas of interest/work within the theme of reducing exclusions?
What are the main challenges you / your organisation are currently facing within this theme?
What do you hope to gain by participating in Citizen Lab?
What might you be able to offer others Citizen Lab participants?
Book your free place now.
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