Oaka Books launches digital resources for visual learners at TES SEN Show

·         The Oaka Digital KS3 resources are designed for students with special educational needs (SEN), including dyslexic and visual learners.

·         The digital packs contain kinaesthetic and visual activities, quizzes, imagery and animations to help improve engagement and attainment.

·         At the Oaka stand (19), teachers can purchase the entire Oaka Digital range of 42 topic packs at a discounted introductory price of £49 for the first year (this is a Special Show Offer and normal price is £149.00).

Oaka Books, a UK publisher specialising in SEN resources, today announced it will be launching its new digital resource packs for dyslexic students and visual learners at the TES SEN show on 7 and 8 October in London.

Child Protection Training: Preventing Radicalisation

Child protection training is being used more and more often as a tool to help fight against radicalisation among young people.

As educators, one of our primary obligations is to ensure that the children in our care are kept safe from harmful forces, neglect and abuse. This can take on various forms and can occur through many different mediums. One of the most extreme versions is that of radicalisation.

Local school scoops £1,000 with futuristic creation

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Whist it may appear that ‘Pokemon Go’ is taking over the world, youngsters at Castle School have created their very own futuristic friends that are set to challenge the latest craze.

Recently, local business Mick George Ltd in its drive to educate children on recycling, set youngsters in schools throughout its operating areas of Peterborough, Cambridge, Northampton and Boston the task of producing a ‘Recycle.Bot’ out of recyclable materials. They were asked to provide a name for their Robot and also details of any superpowers it posses to help the environment.

Students ‘Get Set’ for Community Action across the UK

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Four years on from London 2012, young people across the UK are harnessing the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, turning inspiration into action within their local communities. 
Over 500 community projects have taken place across the UK in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games showcasing the work of more than 18,500 young people ‘Action Leads’ aged 14-19 who are working to make their communities better and healthier places to live. It’s all part of Get Set for Community Action, a year-long UK-wide programme created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, made possible thanks to a £2.1 million award from the Big Lottery Fund. 

Shiver me timbers they're all talking like pirates at highdowns

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Buccaneers and scallywags waved the Jolly Roger and had fun walking the plank during ‘Talk Like A Pirate’ day at Highdowns, a rural service for people with learning disabilities near Camborne, Cornwall.

Service manager, Jenna Betts, said: “Today is ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ so we’ve all given it a bit of the old heave-ho to plan a fun-filled pirate-themed day as a fundraiser in aid of MIND.

“We were ho-ho-hoping for a good turn-out, having invited quite a number of landlubbers – friends and family – to join us for the day, and we weren’t disappointed.

“Fancy dress was optional, but our service users love the excuse to dress up, so there have been a lot of eye-patches, pirate hats and skulls and cross-bones around today.

Obam Champions Courageous Children

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Mobility specialists Obam Stairlifts sponsored the Child of Courage Award at the Heart of Lincolnshire Community Awards this week. 

On Tuesday 13th September the annual award ceremony which celebrates the unsung heroes from communities across Lincolnshire was held at The Showroom on Tritton Road, Lincoln.

Representatives from Obam Stairlifts, which is based in Sturton-by-Stow near Gainsborough, were in attendance alongside finalists from the 11 award categories, their families and other sponsors.

Towergate helps Littlehampton boy towards his aim of raising £66,000 for children in foster care

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·        Towergate CEO, David Ross, donates £1,000 on behalf of the business
·        Care Team joining Tom in Brighton Colour Run - Saturday 17th September

Towergate is supporting Tom Fisher, an 11 year old Littlehampton school boy, in his bid to raise £1 for each of the 66,000 children currently living in foster care in the UK.  

There are a number of activities that Tom has planned to help reach his target of £66,000, including taking part in a colour run with his family on Saturday 17th September. Members of the Towergate Care Team will be running alongside Tom and his family encouraging him every step of the way.

Disability Further Education College ‘Nash College’ in Bromley achieves ‘Good’ in Ofsted Inspection

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Nash College – a Further Education college for young adults (19-25) with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Hayes, Bromley - has just been recognised for providing a good standard of education, being rated as ‘Good’ in all categories in an Ofsted report that was published in relation to the inspection on July 5-7th July 2016. The college is one of the services run by the national charity – Livability

Many parents lack the confidence to get their kids to exercise

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If Canadian parents are going to get their kids to exercise more, they need more than just public awareness campaigns.

Parents exposed to one such national campaign were actually less confident they could increase their children's activity levels, according to a recent UBC study.

"With statistics outside this study showing 88 per cent of parents believe their children exercise enough and only seven per cent of kids meet recommended guidelines, it is clear more needs to be done," says Heather Gainforth, an assistant professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus. "While mass media campaigns appear to increase awareness, parents need the support of public policies and programs to help them successfully encourage behaviour change.

BBC 4 radio 4 appeal for Calvert Trust

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On Sunday 18th September 2016 at 7.55am, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast an appeal on behalf of the three Calvert Trust Centres in Exmoor, Northumberland and The Lake District. The appeal is being made by Frank Gardner, and features the story of Calvert Trust guest Scott, and his mum Claire.

As well as being BBC Security Correspondent and a bestselling author, Frank Gardner is also a former guest at Calvert Trust Exmoor, having stayed at the centre in 2007 as part of his recovery programme.  Frank became a wheelchair user in 2004, after being shot 6 times at close range whilst reporting in Saudi Arabia.