Stepping together to raise £30k

BB Training Academy

National training provider BB Training Academy has today announced the launch of a partnership with charity Step Together, with the aim of raising £30,000.

The funds will be used to help Step Together continue and extend its work providing bespoke volunteering placements to young people that have found themselves excluded from society.

The charity works with disadvantaged adults across the UK to offer them support to boost their work-based skills while increasing their self-esteem and confidence.

BB Training Academy currently has 2,300 learners and staff who will be challenged to hold sponsored walks, runs, bike rides, sky dives and cake sales to raise as much money as possible.

 Room makeover is just the ticket for Sean

Regard Group

Kingsdown House care service in Strood, run by the Regard Group, is going the extra mile to support a young man with autism who is fascinated by trains.

Staff have transformed part of Sean Kelly’s bedroom into a ‘railway carriage’’ along with brick-effect wall paper and station signs on the wall. To complete the scene the 18-strong team installed two pairs of genuine train seats to create a scenario that gives the illusion of traveling by train.

“Sean is completely fascinated by trains,” said Andy Jupp, manager of Kingsdown House, a residential home run by the Regard Group.

Introducing the brand-new Health & Wellbeing Zone

Childcare Expo

Childcare Expo, the longest-running Early Years event, adapts as well as responds to the needs of sector year on year. This year at the upcoming Manchester event in June, Childcare Expo introduces the first Health & Wellbeing Zone to their already jam-packed event.

The Health & Wellbeing Zone has been designed as an exclusive feature area providing Early Years practitioners with vital information to help educate and inspire their practice. A whole host of leading experts and organisations have come together to bring the concept to life and the organisers are excited to unveil it to the anticipated crowds at EventCity on 15 & 16 June.

Young Enterprise Scotland has been inspiring and equipping young people

Young Enterprise Scotland

Geoff Leask, chief executive at Young Enterprise Scotland, reckons that to prepare for the workplace in 2030, the education system should put just as much focus on developing core skills in creativity, problem solving, teamworking and communication within young people, as it should on honing skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  

Even if you’re at the forefront of the science and technology industry, and firmly have your finger on the pulse of plans for future development, there’s no way of predicting exactly how the world of work is going to change over the next 10 years.

With that in mind, it’s going to be even more difficult to pre-empt the skills young people will need to develop to help them be successful in life and work in 2030.

The Beanstalk Top 40

Beanstalk Top 40

 

Welcome to the The Beanstalk Top 40, Beanstalk is training reading helpers to transform the lives of children turning them into confident able readers.

Lower Key Stage One Titles:

Alborough, Jez - Some Dogs Do

Axtell, David - We’re Going on a Lion Hunt

Campbell, Rod - Dear Zoo

Collins, Ross - There’s a Bear on My Chair

Donaldson, Julia - Wriggle and Roar! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)

Gannon, Frann Preston - Dave’s Cave

Goodhart, Pippa - You Choose! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)

Murphy, Jill - Peace At Last

Parr, Todd - It’s Okay to be Different

Scheffler, Axel - Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle

 

We speak to the founder of the Neurokinex Kids spinal cord rehab facility

Jasper at Neurokinex

Harvey Sihota, the founder of Neurokinex, and his team have opened a brand new, ground-breaking children's facility which treats patients with paralysis. Among the guests at the launch were the families and clients of Neurokinex, who are making great gains with this innovative treatment, and also Matthew Reeve, elder son of the late Christopher Reeve and supporter of spinal cord injury research and development. Here, Harvey describes to Education for Everybody how the paediatric facility near Gatwick came to be...

What is the background of Neurokinex: where and when did the concept begin?

Neurokinex was conceived in 2013, following my own injury in 2009 which left me paralysed.

Specialist college launches regional photography competition

Photography competition

Bridge College run by the Together Trust, a specialist further education college based in Openshaw, has launched its annual photography competition, open to all special schools and colleges in the North West.

The college, which is run by the Together Trust, supports young people aged 16 – 25 years with learning and/or physical disabilities, complex health needs, communication disorders and autism. Every year they accept entries from specialist schools and colleges across the region.

After shortlisting, the public can then vote for their favourite photograph on the Together Trust’s website, with the winner attending a ceremony at the college in July to accept their prize.

Explore Learning Hillsborough nominated for Sparkle Sheffield Business Award

Autism Awareness

The Explore Learning Hillsborough team have been recognised for their excellent work for children with autism. The popular provider of extra tuition for children, has been nominated for a Sparkle Sheffield Business Award for Excellence in Autism Awareness and Customer Service.

The Explore Learning Hillsborough centre has been selected by Sparkle Sheffield as having gone above and beyond to embrace autism awareness and all while excelling in customer service for those affected.

The centre were nominated for their specialist training and community workshops. In addition to completing Sparkle Sheffield Autism Awareness Training the team have dedicated resources for staff so they can tailor their approach to support children of all backgrounds and abilities.

Skills shortage in teaching damaging school performance

Multi-Academy Trust

More than three quarters (79%) of school and Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) leaders in England believe that the skills shortage in teaching will become more severe over the next three years, and 84% believe that a culture of ‘recruitment compromise’ is undermining overall performance within their schools.

Research from Affinity Workforce finds that the talent crisis within primary and secondary education teaching is getting significantly worse, to the extent that almost three quarters (70%) of school leaders find recruitment to be the hardest and most stressful part of their job.