Mencap marks 70 years

Mencap marks 70 years with the launch of new online community providing peer-to-peer support for parents of children with a learning disability

 

Survey reveals parents of children with a learning disability are most useful group to provide emotional support to parents

70 years since the Mencap movement began, the charity is launching FamilyHub, a new online community, after parents with a learning disability highlighted how valuable emotional support from other parents is to them.

How will Ioan cope in big school?

Ioan

Mum Paula reflects on a challenging year for her son Ioan, who has Tourette syndrome, and looks ahead to the day he moves on from primary school…

Ioan was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome in September 2015. This year has been particularly hard in understanding the behaviours that go along with the Tourette’s, not just the tics. Not only has he got Tourette syndrome, Ioan also has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and is also thought to have Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s been a long road trying to get a diagnosis for Ioan.

Ofsted annual report finds 'geographic divide' hits pupils with SEND

Launching his fifth and final annual report, outgoing chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw said that while England’s education system still fell short of being world class – some parts were closer to achieving that status than they have ever been.

However, in some parts of the country, fewer than 40% of pupils in receipt of special educational needs support are progressing well.

England also faces a widening skills gap, and teacher shortages also continue to be a concern.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said: “We have seen some significant improvements even over the five years that I have been chief inspector. 

New initiative launched to transform the lives of young offenders

young offender

A ground-breaking new online training programme is being launched which aims to provide the essential support to the many young people with special educational needs (SEN) who are in custody and also those at risk of offending, helping them achieve better outcomes (well-being, education and employment) and substantially reduce their risk of offending or reoffending.

The online learning platform will provide free training and support to every professional in the Youth Justice System to improve practice, reduce offending by young people and improve their educational outcomes.

Fast growing care provider officially launches in Coventry & South Warwickshire

SureCare

A fast growing company which provides care and home services to children and adults in Coventry and South Warwickshire is celebrating its official launch.

The SureCare franchise for Coventry and South Warwickshire was opened in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Lindsley Harvard and Coventry’s Lady Godiva, Pro Porretta, on November 24th.

The franchise is run by Tervinder Bhangal and her husband. Previous to SureCare, Tervinder worked for Coventry City Council as a Social Work Team Manager for the Transition & Children’s Disability Team.

More than 20 staff have already been taken on by the company and they are looking for another 30highly trained and experienced people to join the team over the next 12-18 months.

Omar cooks up a top apprenticeship success story

Omar Zamir

OMAR Zamir is a young man with a huge determination to succeed despite being profoundly deaf.

It is his commitment that has earned him the accolade as the top British Asian apprentice in the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.

He took the award at the end of a gala evening on November 10, in Birmingham to celebrate the very best of apprentices from the British Asian community.

The awards have been established to encourage more young British Asians to take up apprenticeships. Apprentices are vital to future economic prosperity but there is an under representation of Asians taking up apprenticeships and this needs to change.

In order to inspire others the Asian Apprenticeship Awards showcase the very best apprentices from this community.

ECR MEP Helga Stevens calls for better statute for sign language interpreters in Europe

sign language interpreters in Europe

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a resolution which calls, among other things, for a better statute for sign language interpreters in Europe. "Due to the vague statute there is a clear shortage of sign language interpreters. Many deaf people are unable to fully take part in society.

This resolution is a milestone for deaf people and sign language interpreters alike and constitutes an important policy at regional, national and European level," says ECR MEP Helga Stevens. There are more than a million sign language users in the European Union, but there are only 6,500 sign language interpreters.

Curve to host two major events around special educational needs

major events

Curve is to host two major Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) events; Local Offer Live on the 24 January 2017 and Pathways on the 25 January 2017.

Local Offer Live will be held at Curve for its third year running and will once again showcase services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities as well as carers, parents, service providers and SEND professionals across Leicester and Leicestershire.