Inclusive Education and Early Years in Jersey
In 2021, the Government invited the National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) to carry out an independent review of Inclusive Education and Early Years in Jersey.
The nasen team considered how the Early Years and education system includes all children and young people regardless of their differences.
They also considered how the education system ensures that children and young people have access to learning and social activities so they can reach their full potential.
The Independent Review of Inclusive Education and Early Years made 50 recommendations, including that the Government should:
- agree what inclusive education should look like in Jersey
- define it in a way that everyone can understand in a Charter
- put in place a plan to create a more inclusive education system
The Independent Review of Inclusive Education and Early Years
The right to an education is protected for all children under
Articles 23, 28 and 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Right of Child.
Creating a vision for Inclusive Education: Education4Everyone
We’re creating guiding principles for inclusion in education to be implemented across the Island.
This is so that everyone who works with children and young people understands:
- how to best support all children and young people
- how to ensure all children and young people feel involved
- why inclusion is vital for the wellbeing of all children and young people
- how including all children and young people contributes to the educational, social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of the Island
We’ll agree on a definition and vision for inclusive education in Jersey. To do this, we spoke to:
- children and young people
- parents and carers
- education, Early Years and childcare providers
- third sector organisations
This work is led by the Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES). It’s overseen by the Inclusion Review Delivery Board made up of representatives of schools and services who support children and young people in education as well as parents.
Inclusive Education and Early Years consultations
In the last 9 months, CYPES conducted online surveys and workshops inviting people to share their views on inclusive early years and education.
More than 1,400 people participated. This included:
- children and young people
- parents and carers
- school staff and education practitioners
- third sector representatives and agencies supporting children and young people
Themes identified by the participants included:
- including the voices of children and young people in decisions made about them
- ensuring that nurseries, schools and colleges are accessible to children and young people with physical and mental health needs
- embracing the diverse cultures and groups on our island
- building greater community awareness around inclusion
- adapting the curriculum and delivering it to suit the needs of all children and young people
- working more closely with parents and carers and providing more support for practitioners
Baseline report of Inclusive Education 2023
A summary of the participants’ responses and feed-back has been published in the Inclusive Education Baseline Report and a youth friendly version for children and young people.
Inclusive Education and Early Years Baseline Report 2023
Translations of the youth friendly version are available in Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.
You can also watch a film where students from various schools tell you about the report.
Inclusive Education charter working group meetings
The Inclusive Education Vision working group have held 5 meetings so far.
The group includes:
- early years providers
- representatives from nurseries, schools, colleges and childcare
- representatives from Government
- private and third sector organisations that support children and young people
They have considered all the feedback collected from the online surveys and workshops which is summarised in the Baseline Report and have used it to shape the Inclusive Education initiative, as well as the Vision and principles.
Inclusive Education Vision launch
The Vision for Inclusive Education will be launched to the public on Thursday 22 February 2024 at Jersey Library. All are welcome to attend the event, and we encourage nurseries, schools and colleges to bring their children and pupils.
|10am to 11am
Formal launch of the Vision
Invitation only: The formal launch will include:
- a performance by the Sign Language Choir with pupils in Year 3 to Year 6 from St Clement and Les Landes school
- a celebration of diversity and inclusion featuring children and young people from schools and learning settings across the Island
|11.30am to 6.30pm
Masterclasses for educational practitioners and parents
Bilingual book readings
Opportunity to meet Diversity Role Models
Stalls by agencies and charities working with children and young people
The public are invited to the various events at the Inclusive Education Vision launch including:
- masterclasses for educational practitioners and parents. Book your tickets on Eventbrite
- bilingual book readings and the opportunity to meet Diversity Role Models
- stalls by agencies and charities sharing information about their work and services
Submit your questions or feedback
To share any questions or feedback email