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An Interview with Michelle Daley & Melody Powell 


I had the pleasure of interviewing Michelle & Melody on their experiences in advancing inclusive education through children’s rights. 

In this dialogue, Michelle & Melody unpack a number of key barriers to inclusive education: austerity, the lack/misuse of funding, the lack of opportunities and true inclusion, the effect of intersectional barriers and stigma. Michelle and Melody also reflect on the role of sharing and valuing lived experiences and campaigning in advancing inclusive education for all. 

The podcast ends with a call to create and nurture  opportunities for young people to engage in campaigning and rights work! 

This conversation focuses on the role of Human Rights Education in  realising Inclusive Education for All 


In the podcast, Overcomer is in dialogue with two fantastic colleagues from ALLFIE: 


Michelle Daley

directs and manages ALLFIE,

makes sure it delivers its aims

and objectives and raises the

organisation’s profile. 



Follow Michelle's work on


Melody Powell

runs the Inclusion Champions project,

which works with Disabled People’s Organisations

on issues of inclusive education.


Melody is currently working on 'Our Voice' project, you can read 

more about this here

and follow Melody on Twitter @Melody_Pow

You can follow the work of ALLFIE on Twitter @ALLFIEUK

and you can follow their work on


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Author and Interviewer

My name is Overcomer Bankole I graduated from University of East London with a BA Hon in Early Childhood Studies. Through this course I have read and researched extensively on key concepts within Education, including advocating for children’s right, using different pedagogical approaches of teaching.

My passion for SEN inflamed the desire to also carry out research on exploring the evolution of SEN policy since 2010 and investigating its implication on practice, in KS1. This has enhanced and broadened my knowledge and understanding of the need for schools to cut across the social and cultural diversity of the city to provide an inclusive and educational experience for all pupils. With five years of experience within the education sector, as well as my work within the community, I am aware of the diverse challenges faced by children and their families. I enjoy working alongside family strategic leads to run parenting workshops and drop -in sessions to offer alternative strategies for managing challenging behaviour. My long-term goal is to become a SENCO to ensure that all children with special educational needs within my setting are fully included.

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