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Step Connect2 to launch education show at CBS Arena

by Joe Gallop

Step Connect2 is to launch a show at Coventry Building Society (CBS) Arena that will aim to help schools create better inclusive learning environments for pupils.

The inaugural Inclusive Learning Environments Show will be held from 14-15 June. It will aim to help schools, colleges and universities to be more inclusive and deliver learning environments that can better support people with special education needs and disability (SEND) in their development.

It will see more than 35 exhibitors, including manufacturers, distributors and service providers along with major national and international companies attend.

The show is expected to attract visitors from across the built environment sector for education, including head teachers, directors of education and special educational needs coordinators, as well as architects, planners, estates professionals and local authorities.

A conference programme will also be running alongside the event, with the programme having been shaped by industry members, including the Department of Education.

Inclusive Learning Environments Show is organised by the creators of Education Estates, which is now in its 10th year and is delivered in partnership with the Department of Education.

James Lee, managing director of Step Connect 2, said: “We hope the show will raise awareness in education of the support available to make learning spaces more inclusive.

“It will introduce delegates to products, ideas, companies and opportunities that will help them take the next steps to creating inclusive environments.

“At our 2019 Education Estates event, we had conversations with a number of key stakeholders in the SEND built environment sector, and it became clear that there was scope to hold an event entirely devoted to inclusive learning environments.

“That need has only increased over the course of the pandemic, and it is increasingly vital that schools, colleges and universities have the appropriate, well-equipped space to cater for the requirements of children and young people with SEND.”

Paul Michael, commercial director at CBS Arena, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Step Connect 2 to launch its brand-new event – which tackles important issues and will help to ensure that education becomes more inclusive for all children and young people.”

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