RSA South West Coffeehouse

Fellowship Event

 -  | BST British Summer Time


  • People & place
  • Communities
  • Community engagement
  • Social innovation

Inspired by the RSA’s origins in Rawthmell’s Coffeehouse over 250 years ago, our new Coffeehouse series offers Fellows across the South West the chance to meet online and share ideas for social change.

Join us once a month for an informal lunchtime talk by a guest presenter, followed by a Q&A and discussion in small breakout groups.

We start at 1pm and we’ll be finished by 1.50pm promptly. Spend your lunchbreak meeting Fellows from across the region and getting new inspiration!

In July , we'll hear from:

Friday 14 July: Suanne Gibson FRSA - Are We Included? The Plymouth Child, Family, and Teacher

UK Educators and policy makers are concerned by the impact of rising pupil exclusion, while schools and school communities continue to manage the impact of pandemic lockdowns upon pupil learning, attainment and progression. Building on international research that has been proven to improve outcomes for disadvantaged and underperforming students, ‘Are We Included?’, the first sustained Higher Education and Secondary School collaboration, provides a way forward on inclusive practice and the Levelling Up agenda in Plymouth Schools. The principle aim of this project is to improve outcomes (attendance, behaviour, learning) for underperforming students through the implementation of appropriate measurement tools for students, teachers, leaders, parents, and carers. Following questionnaires, focus groups and interviews, the project has designed and rolled out a new intervention for inclusion in schools where trained mentors, Plymouth University students, work directly with excluded and at-risk pupils. Evaluation of impact shows benefits to pupils, families and schools with new practices recommended for city school internal exclusions and a revised definition of Inclusion applied in Plymouth schools.

Dr Suanne Gibson is an Associate Professor of Inclusive Education at Plymouth University. Her previous roles have included Interim Director for Plymouth Institute of Education and Associate Director of Teaching, Learning and Internationalization. Her specialist areas of teaching, research and knowledge exchange are disability, special educational needs (SEN), inclusion and critical pedagogy. Suanne is currently working in partnership with House of Lords, Disabled Students UK, ALLFIE, Disability Rights UK, Plymouth County Council, contributing to national policy development.

Previous events in this series included:

  • 19 May: Steve Edge FRSA - Building Design for Health and Wellbeing: The Spine
  • 24 March: Heléna Holt FRSA – Devon Air Ambulance
  • 17 February: Laura Joy FRSA – 'Listen in at Roche Court' arts and education podcast
  • 20 January: Neil Beagrie FRSA & Robin Tatam FRSA –  Meet your Fellowship Councillors
  • 9 December: Sam Everard FRSA – The SAMEE Project
  • 18 November: Mark Wallace FRSA – A Voice To Tell Our Story

Taking part in Online Events 

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