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Mary Poppins comes to Homeleigh

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The TV show ‘Four In A Bed’ which has B&B owners from around the country competing to be named ‘best value for money’ has inspired the manager of a Manchester residential care home to engage her staff in a fun new way of delivering quality care.

Emma Jarrett, who manages Manchester-based Homeleigh, a 30-bed residential service for people with learning difficulties and mental health issues, has already earned recognition from her industry by being shortlisted for ‘Special Needs Manager’ in this year’s National Care Awards.

Now Emma has introduced an element of fun into her staff’s routine by launching Homeleigh’s own version of the TV competition.

How Safeguarding Training for Adults Could Help Your School

In recent years, safeguarding training has garnered some well-deserved attention as an extremely valuable tool in the fight to keep children safe. Safeguarding training provides staff members with invaluable insight on the forms that abuse and neglect can take, how to recognise signs of abuse in different age brackets, and how to communicate with children about the issue. However, much of the conversation surrounding the benefits safeguarding training up to this point has focused on just that: children. But safeguarding for adults training courses are also steadily on the rise.

Providing Opportunities for Everyone

Saddles Riding Centre

Saddles Riding Centre based in Bexley, Kent has become the latest riding centre to gain Accessibility Mark accreditation.

The nationally recognised seal of approval will enable them to open their doors todisabled people.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the Accessibility Mark scheme to encourage those who do not already partake in equestrian activities or would not usually have the opportunity to do so, to experience the many benefits that riding can bring.

‘#GoYellow’ for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

‘#GoYellow’

The charity Shine is calling its supporters and the public to #GoYellow during Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week: 24th-31st October, to help raise awareness of these conditions.
 
Shine supporters will be having fun and fundraising around the #GoYellow theme, especially on World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, Tuesday 25th October, and the charity’s logo will also be bouncing around social media to see how far it can go.

Rise in involvement for people with learning disability issues

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A new twist has been given to the campaign for person-centred care launched earlier this year by The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Following on from Regard’s push for improved focus on service users being at the centre of their own care, the organisation is now calling for learning disability and mental health care provision to be not just person-centred but person-led.

Sandie Foxall-Smith, CEO of Regard, said: “Our ambition is to empower those we support to be fully involved not just in their own care but in the bigger decisions that affect the homes where they live.

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

It can be difficult for teachers to know where to start with sensory processing disorder (SPD). SPD would be more accurately described as a group of related disorders that can affect different children in a variety of different ways, and if you’re a teacher trying to do the best you can for the one child with SPD in your class, it can be tough to know what the correct approach is. That said, every child deserves the chance to succeed in education, and teachers who make an effort to understand the struggles that the child is facing could have a powerful, positive impact on that child’s experience of school.

What is sensory processing disorder?

Broadly speaking, there are three main disorders that are collectively known as SPD:

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

Monkey World

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. 

Can robotics boost engagement of pupils with learning disabilities?

Interactive Technologies and Game Conference

The Interactive Technologies And Games Conference (ITAG) is now in its 9th consecutive year and will be held on Wednesday 26 – Thursday 27 October 2016.

 

Hosted annually by Nottingham Trent University the conference will showcase and disseminate research outcomes, freely available games and interactive resources for educational and clinical applications.

 

The conference has a particular focus on the use of gaming hardware and software to implement accessible solutions, and the increasing impact of ubiquitous computing on our everyday well-being.

BBC Radio 4 appeal for Calvert Trust

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts appeal on behalf of Calvert Trust Centres Exmoor by BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner

 

On Sunday 18th September 2016 BBC Radio 4 broadcast an appeal by BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner on behalf of the three Calvert Trust Centres in Exmoor, Northumberland and The Lake District. Donations so far have reached £6,074.50.

Frank, who became a wheelchair user in 2004, is a former guest of the Calvert Trust having stayed at Exmoor centre in 2007, and gave a passionate appeal based on both his own personal experiences and accounts from other guests.  If you missed the appeal when it was broadcast it’s not too late to hear it, you can listen again via www.calvert-trust.org.uk/R4.

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.

School nurse workloads risk undermining essential support for children with long-term health conditions

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The confidence of schools nurses to provide essential support to children with long-term health conditions like diabetes and asthma risks being undermined by high workloads and having to work across numerous schools, suggests research published by the National Children’s Bureau.

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.