Community Inclusion Forums

What are they?

The Community Inclusion Forums promote inclusion of children and young people with SEND and additional needs to enable them to achieve the best possible outcomes. The forums provide opportunities for staff across the sector to be empowered to meet these needs, through the sharing of effective practice, providing peer support, and an awareness of emerging research. Schools are organised into community groups based on their geographical area to encourage closer collaboration, information sharing and networking opportunities. Through the collaboration of stakeholders, we intend to enable access, knowledge, and development of the Local Offer.

Who are they for?

All SENCos in Suffolk schools have been invited to take part in the forums as well as anyone with a pastoral or inclusion remit within a school.

A list of schools and their areas can be downloaded here. Each area forum is chaired by a specialist teacher from the Whole School Inclusion team and an Educational Psychologist from the Psychology and Therapeutic Service.

Other Specialist Education Service staff will also attend, along with representatives from Early Help and Health services.

When and where do they meet?

Future dates for Community Inclusion Forums in 2024


  • Wednesday 26 June – Wickham Market Primary School, Dallinghoo Road, Wickham Market, IP13 0RP

Ipswich South and West

  • Wednesday 26th June – Stoke High School, Maidenhall Approach, Ipswich, IP2 8PL

West Suffolk

  • Wednesday 26 June – West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU

Bury and Central

  • Thursday 27 June – Sybil Andrews Academy, Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7QB

Ipswich North and East

  • Thursday 27 June – Woodbridge Road Academy, 50 Russett Road, Ipswich, IP4 2EB

Lowestoft and Waveney

  • Thursday 27 June – Sir John Leman High School, Ringsfield Road, Beccles, NR34 9PG

Arrival for schools from 3.45pm for 4pm start. and finish by 5.30pm.

Contact details for each community