Children's charity launches first hospital-based pre-school

Piggles Trust

A charity set up by a family in memory of their late daughter has launched the first hospital-based pre-school, Piggles Trust,  in the country at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

Piggles Trust, founded by Caroline and Edward Martin from Andover, aims to provide early years education to young patients nationwide.

In partnership with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s workplace nursery provider Taplins, the charity has funded the first nursery nurse in the NHS.

Prior to the development of Piggles Trust, there was no provision for delivering pre-school education for children aged two to five while in hospital – despite being a crucial age for learning and development.

Innovative teaching helps students overcome hurdles

PiXL Edge

PiXL Edge helps teachers and students to develop attitudes and skills that will help them in life and beyond.  We can easily take life-skills like booking train tickets or opening a bank account for granted. To most, they might seem simple, but if you haven’t been shown or been given the confidence, these everyday tasks can suddenly become a hurdle in life. 

Students at Ashcroft have significant barriers in life. Many have struggled to cope in education because of their mental health or life experiences and 46% of students are looked-after children. As part of their work to ensure their students develop essential life skills to help overcome these barriers, Ashcroft have signed up to the PiXL Edge programme.

Lifesaving app combating mental health and bullying in schools

Tootoot

Recently, a Year 6 pupil in a Manchester based Primary School used tootoot to get in touch with a member of staff to seek support as she had been having suicidal thoughts. At a time when at least half of suicides amongst young people relate to bullying, and half of the people bullied in the past year have never told anyone due to fear, embarrassment or lack of faith in existing support systems (Ditch the Label’s annual survey 2017), it is more important than ever that we address the problem of bullying and cyberbullying in our schools, colleges and universities.

Safeguarding in schools is fundamental to protecting students’ wellbeing and attainment. When bullying or mental health issues go unresolved, students are increasingly turning to self-harm. 

Plastic tokens promote good behaviour in children with additional needs

Plastic tokens promote good behaviour in children with additional needs

Token economy and other ‘concrete aids’ can have a measurable impact in the classroom for children with additional needs, according to experts. 

The use of non-tangible rewards, such as verbal or written praise, is typical in schools. How ever, children with additional needs can experience difficulties understanding that such praise equates to future rewards.

The exchange of tangible rewards – objects that pupils can see and physically hold –is known to help enforce that the praise is both real and contemporaneous with the displayed behaviour, forming a ‘contract’ between the teacher and pupil.  

Adopting Adaptive Learning: A teacher's Guide

Adaptive Learning

Part of the thriving edtech industry, Adaptive Learning fuses education with IT using computers as interactive learning devices. It presents educational content and resources to the user according to their unique needs.

It’s also veiled in mystery, jargon and scepticism. Hasty investments by Venture Capitalists into half-baked solutions have seen many a school stuck with a learning product rushed to market that ultimately does little to add value to the classroom.

A buzzword and a black hole

Enticingly, adaptive learning promises to feed the technical appetites of the digitally native youth; to deliver incrementally better learning experiences and outcomes; and to relieve busy teachers of the paper work and reporting that cloud their evenings and weekends.

Mental health, friendships and bullying amongst top pupil concerns, data from 650 schools finds

Tootoot

More than 11,500 reports were gathered from 650 schools over a two-year period from users of Tootoot’s award-winning anti-bullying and reporting app. Pupils were given the opportunity to use the app to anonymously report issues that were troubling or concerning them. Similarly, teachers used the platform to log pupil incidents and concerns they had observed.

KidZania launches search for City Mayor in celebration of annual pass scheme

KidZania

Some of you may have seen the ads in the local paper but KidZania, the indoor city run by kids, has launched a call to find the city’s first ever Mayor.

KidZania has launched the nationwide search to celebrate their annual pass scheme, which gives young explorers aged between 4 and 14 completely unlimited access to the city for 12 months. The lucky child crowned Mayor of the city will receive their very own free annual pass as well as the key to the city, so they can come and go whenever they like. Their job? Well, all the things you might expect from a Mayor – from opening new attractions within the city, to communicating all the latest and greatest things taking place.

Stylish celebration for Mason Trust 10th Anniversary

Mason Trust

The Mason Trust Charity has reached a significant milestone - it is 10 years old this year!  To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Founder, Yvonne Mason is personally funding and hosting an Anniversary Ball on the evening of 14 September 2018 at Sprowston Manor Marriot Hotel and Country Club, Wroxham Road, Norwich NR7 8RP.  Tickets for the Ball, destined to be one of Norfolk's social events of the year, cost £50 per head, and can be purchased through the Eventbrite website.  Booking a table for 10 people qualifies for two free bottles of wine.

The Mason Trust is a charity founded in 2008 with the mission of inspiring the young people of East Anglia to fulfil their potential. 

Children with learning disabilities missing out on eye tests, while NHS England "drags its heels"

SeeAbility

New research by SeeAbility, the national learning disability and sight loss charity, suggests that thousands of children with learning disabilities in England's special schools are missing out on vital eye tests and eye care despite being 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children.

Around 100,000 children attend special schools in England, including the majority of children with severe learning disabilities or autism. SeeAbility's study indicates that up to half of these children are likely to have a problem with their vision, yet alarmingly an estimated 40,000 children will have never received any eye care.

Imaginary Friend Makes It Real For Author

Sunflower Dreams Academy

Christine Fox (53) from Middlesbrough, is the founder of The Sunflower Dreams Academy which helps children to believe in themselves, provides a safe environment in which to encourage the development of ideas, aspirations and hopes and helps them to successfully face any challenges head on.

Indeed Christine has already beaten two major challenges in her life. Firstly, she was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age 48 resulting in poor literacy and mathematical skills which gave her a distinct disadvantage compared to her peers. Secondly, in 2010 she was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after being involved in a major road traffic accident.