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IARA Nominations 2016

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Special Awards Recipients:

Anna Kennedy OBE – Best Humanitarian Award 2016

Joshua Kane – Best Designer 2016

Atiha Sen Gupta – Best Playwright 2016

John Bryne – Best Contribution to Arts & Diversity 2016

Khali Best – Youngest Achievement Award Film & Television 2016 

Moelogo – Best UK-Afrobeat Artist 2016

Jermain Jackman – Inspirational Music Artist of The Year 2016 

Racquel Smith – Best Fashion Model 2016

Bmystireo – Best Emerging African Artist

Sarah Jagger – Best Makeup Artist 2016 

Carmel Britto – Outstanding Contribution to Youth Development

A MUM from Middlesbrough has won fresh recognition for her pioneering support for children with autism.

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

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This internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland, is home to over 250 primates – including the largest group of chimps outside Africa.  Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  At Monkey World, they can all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment, and some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species.  

Six common myths about ADHD dispelled

Re:Cognition Health is keen to dispel common myths about ADHD, which affects around 500,000 school-aged children (5%) in the UK. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a complex neurological condition most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Symptoms can vary but key characteristics are a tendency to talk incessantly, inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.

‘ADHD is a condition that has been and continues to be significantly misunderstood,’ says Dr Dimitrios Paschos, Re:Cognition Health’s psychiatrist specialising in adult ADHD and related disorders. ‘It’s hard for both the public and professionals to move beyond the label of someone just having attention problems or being disruptive at school.’

Dr Paschos reveals some common myths about ADHD:

“Animal Magic” Comes to a specialist school in Devon

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Pupils at the Chelfham Bere Alston School, Yelverton are to benefit from an innovative therapy with the launch of new ‘animal strategy’ that will see the introduction of pets and ponies to the classroom  and the playground.

The school – for up to 30 students between the ages of seven and 19 - will be implementing the approach based on widespread evidence that supports the use of animals within schools because of the impact they can have on behaviour and learning. Animals can also help vulnerable students feel more comfortable in the classroom.

Astley Village autism specific school rated 'outstanding' across the board

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A school in Astley Village, Lancashire, for young people with autism, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the education regulator, Ofsted.

In its report, following an inspection last month, Ofsted praised Oliver House School for: enabling pupils to “make outstanding progress”; “promoting personal, social and cultural development extremely well”; having “extremely strong” links with parents;and having a “passionate” school principal in post.

The school was rated “Outstanding” overall and for all areas inspected, including in “effectiveness of leadership and management”, “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” and its “sixth form provision”.

Breakthrough technologies in ADHD intervention and diagnosis

ADHD Foundation working with two med-tech companies to launch and pilot breakthrough technologies in ADHD intervention and diagnosis

 

Revolutionary new technologies to help with the management of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) will be launched and piloted by leading ADHD charity, ADHD Foundation, for the first time in the UK. 

What makes a great primary school teacher?

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Primary school teachers carry a lot of responsibility – helping to shape the future of the next generation of young people by setting them up with the building blocks for the rest of their lives.

Children of all backgrounds need to be inspired to be able to read and write and it’s up to primary teachers to unlock the ability in every young pupil, not matter how able.

Some people have an inherent ability to be able to provide the inspiration children need.

Autism East Midlands Wins Charity Times Award with Brain in Hand

Autism East Midlands has won the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology.  Its use of Brain in Hand has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector as it has successfully helped to transform the lives of its service users and their families, delivering significant operational improvements.

Implementing Brain in Hand as part of a Positive Behaviour Support programme across Autism East Midlands has changed the nature of incidents and the strategies used to support individuals.  The length and severity of interventions have decreased and requirement for restraint has reduced.  This has enabled staff to focus more time on proactive and positive development activities.

Sense responds to news of Labour early years taskforce

National disability charity, Sense, has responded to today’s news that the Labour Party intends to launch an early years taskforce looking into childcare provision and early-years learning.

The taskforce, announced by shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, as part of this year’s Labour Party Conference, will aim to ensure that all children and parents have access to quality, affordable childcare.

Preston man’s endurance charity challenge will raise funds for disabled children in the city

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A 35-year-old man from Holmeslack, in Preston, is set to put his body on the line in order to raise much needed funds for disabled children in Preston.

Garry Harper, has signed up to take part in Born Survivor, one of the UK’s toughest obstacle course events, which will takes place at Capesthorn Hall, in Greater Manchester, on Saturday 24th September, 2016.

The gruelling 10K run through treacherous terrain will see Garry having to negotiate a series of punishing hills, overcome running water and mud pit challenges, before pushing himself over, under and through 30 military style obstacles.

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.

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.

Royal Highland Centre to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland

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Edinburgh’s Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre is to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families and the professionals who work with them in Scotland.

Approximately 120,000 children and adults in Scotland are living with a learning disability[1], and over one million are living with a sensory impairment.[2]

Over 80 exhibitors will assemble at Highland Hall on Thursday 15th September to offer advice, support and information on mobility, communication, equipment and technology, education, toys and learning aids, transport, beds and seating, service, funding, sports and leisure and much more.