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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.  

There is an alternative way to address social mobility

Professor Sonia Blandford is speaking out about the urgent need to change our way of thinking to address social mobility, to include, value and improve outcomes for children and young people experiencing challenge, needs and disadvantage.

We must address the ever decreasing opportunity to break the cycle of disadvantage; new thinking and new leadership is needed now.

Bett 2017: Supporting SEN innovations

children at Bett

The national association for special educational needs, nasen, is partnering with Bett 2017, which is returning to ExCeL London from 25-28 January. nasen is the UK’s leading professional association embracing all special and additional educational needs and disabilities, and you’ll find them at stand SN90 at Bett. Membership of nasen is an invaluable source of advice, offering an exclusive range of benefits to support the education network in the delivery of high quality inclusive practice.

Access at the National Theatre

National Theatre

On Demand. In Schools – Captioned Productions

The National Theatre productions available through the On Demand. In Schools programme, the NT’s digital initiative offering acclaimed curriculum-linked productions free of charge to primary and secondary schools across the country, are now fully captioned by STAGETEXT. 

On Demand. In Schools enables every primary and secondary school in the UK to access world-class theatre on demand in the classroom, with one third of all state secondary schools already signed up to the free digital programme. Captioning enables deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing pupils and teachers to access the initiative. 

Shining a light on communication

School are invited to enter the Shine a Light Awards 2017, to recognise the contributions of those who support children and young people’s speech, language and communication. 

The Communication Trust and Pearson joined forces to launch the fifth Shine a Light Awards to reward teams, settings and individuals across England working in the field of communication. 

The awards feature 10 categories and includes a new award for SEN School, or Group of the Year, highlighting the exceptional work carried out in SEND schools and colleges across the country.

College gets creative with the royal exchange theatre

Codes at college

Students from a specialist college in Openshaw have been taking part in Creative Codes – a collaborative, school-led project in response to the Royal Exchange Theatre’s production, Breaking the Code.

Young adults from Bridge College which supports students up to 25 years with learning difficulties and disabilities, complex needs, communication disorders and autism, have been combining the forces of maths and art to create amazing artwork hiding secret messages about equality.

The charity which runs the college, Together Trust, believes that everybody deserves an equal chance in life which aligns perfectly with the project.

Indie Diversity Training Scheme is now open for applications

open for applications from candidates with a disability and those from BAME or socially disadvantaged backgrounds

The Indie Diversity Training Scheme is now open for applications from candidates with a disability and those from BAME or socially disadvantaged backgrounds. 

The scheme offers a six-month job with one of the UK’s leading production companies with bespoke training to kick-start your career in television. We are looking for people with a genuine passion for television who are determined to have a career in the industry. These trainee positions will provide you with the skills to take one of the two main routes into television – production or editorial.

Earwig co-founder launches anti-bullying message

  #Iwasbullied   
                

To raise awareness for national bullying week from 14-18th November education software provider Earwig Academic has launched the #Iwasbullied campaign.
The campaign, developed by co-founder Emilie-Kate Kidd aims to draw attention to how hard it is for children being bullied to tell an adult about it, and comes with a clear message about what they can do instead.
 
Earwig want to encourage their teachers and others to tell pupils about the Earwig #Iwasbullied message ...
         

THE MESSAGE

Improving Recruitment and Retention of SEN Teachers

Improving Recruitment and Retention of SEN Teachers

With the growing teacher shortage it has become more and more difficult for schools to source and retain suitably qualified and experienced SEN Teachers for specific teaching roles within special education.

Key Skills Education is an inner London based education recruitment agency providing teachers and support staff for schools and education centres across London and the Home Counties specifically for long term and permanent positions.  We have developed a specialist SEN division which is dedicated to sourcing high-quality SEN Teachers for a range of posts in a variety of schools and education centres across London and surrounding areas.

Leading practitioner offers education clinic at Academies Show

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All and one of the UK’s leading practitioners of education, will be hosting a clinic at this year’s Academies Show.

Sonia will be on hand throughout the day for ten minute sessions so that teachers can discuss leadership and learning issues including parent and carer engagement, anti-bullying, closing the gap, and special educational needs or disabilities.

Levelling the educational playing field – LGfL at Bett 2017

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Winners of the 2016 Bett Award for Primary Digital Content, London Grid for Learning, LGfL, will be showcasing TRUSTnet early in the new year at Bett 2017. Also featured at the show will be LGfL’s new SuperCloud offering – designed to support the wider digital transformation of local authorities and the public sector. 

LGfL’s newly launched educational resources, include Developing British Values, the Trust’s new KS2-5 resource for PSHE, Citizenship and RE, and Symbol Library, a KS1-4 symbol pack for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) developed by Widgit. 

A place where every voice is heard and celebrated

Primary School

St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf is a school where spoken language is used across every department and where every young person communicates equally and successfully with others. St John’s is a specialist school for sensory and communication needs where skilled staff help students to develop a love of learning, and to achieve their best.

The school provides an optimum listening environment through small teaching groups and sound fieldtechnology in acoustically treated classrooms.

Barriers to learning are removed by specialist teaching staff who are qualified teachers of hearing and multi-sensory impairment as well as specialist speech and language therapists who provide 1:1 sessions and group therapy.

Primary Department

Free RNIB online resource makes educational books accessible

RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare is an online service delivered by Royal National Institute of Blind People and provides accessible materials to schools and colleges in the UK. It provides curriculum materials for all print disabled students including those with sight loss and dyslexia. 

It aims to offer an independent learning experience while enabling learners to read the same books at the same time as their classmates.

An RNIB Bookshare account provides your school or college with access to thousands of books and images in a range of accessible formats. There is also a book request service if the title you require is not available.

Winter Wonderland Manchester to give away £50,000 worth of free tickets to North West charities

Family

Kingpin Events is giving North West charities an early Christmas gift by inviting them to experience the magic of this year’s Winter Wonderland Manchester 2016 entirely free of charge.

This Christmas, the company is giving away £50,000 worth of free tickets to charities in the North West!
Festive extravaganza Winter Wonderland is the UK’s largest indoor Christmas theme park, and can be found at EventCity next to the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester.

The attraction officially opens to the public on Saturday 10th December, but organisers Kingpin Events are hosting a special charity evening on Friday, 9th December.

Families with disabled children unfairly penalised

Families with disabled children unfairly penalised unless Carers Allowance earnings threshold increases in line with national living wage 

 

As Parliament debates the national living wage tomorrow, Thursday 3 November, Contact a Family is calling for the Chancellor to ensure Carers Allowance earnings threshold is increased in line with the national living wage so families with disabled children don’t lose out on vital support.

Stars of ITV’s Doc Martin gather for charity Christmas concert

Popular television couple reunite for longstanding festive celebration to raise money for people with learning disabilities.
 
Actors Martin Clunes, OBE, and Caroline Catz, who portray on-screen couple Martin Ellingham and Louisa Glasson in ITV’s Doc Martin, will be coming together for a candlelit evening of seasonal music and readings at Dorchester Abbey on December 8th 2016.
 
Now in its 22nd year, The Coming of Christmas is a much-loved annual concert organised by Hft, a national charity for people with learning disabilities, of which Martin is a patron.
 

Sense Launch ‘Play Toolkits’ for Parents and Play Settings

 ‘Play Toolkits’

National disability charity releases instructional guides and video mini-series to:

- Help make play settings accessible for children with multiple needs

- Increase parents’ confidence playing with their children

Earlier in the year, an inquiry, co-led by Lord Blunkett, revealed that one in two disabled children have been turned away from play settings and activities

Nine out of ten parents of disabled children claimed their child didn’t have the same opportunities to access play, compared to non-disabled children.