Education

'At Orbis we're passionate about creating great homes and an exceptional learning experience'

Orbis HR manager Simon Drinkwater

Simon Drinkwater recently joined Cardiff-based Orbis Education and Care as its new HR Director. Here, he talks to Education For Everybody about Orbis specialist schools and residential services for people with autism…

Tell us about Orbis and the service it provides.

Orbis Education and Care provides specialist day schools, as well as residential services for children and adults who have a formal diagnosis of autism. Orbis currently encompasses four residential schools for children and young people and nine adult homes.

How do you feel about joining Orbis and what are your plans in terms of HR?

Book review: Sometimes I Feel Sad

Sometimes I Feel Sad - Kate

Sometimes I Feel Sad by Tom Alexander, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (£9.99)

Sometimes I Feel Sad is a moving, illustrated book which helps young children – especially those not in touch with their feelings – that sometimes it’s OK to feel sad.

Everyone feels sad from time to time, and it's not always clear why. This book explains that this is a part of everyone's life, and that you're not alone in feeling this way.

The person-centred approach to autism

Person-centred approach to autism - Emma Gosling

Emma Gosling, Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist at Options Barton, talks to Education For Everybody about the person-centred approach: an individualistic outlook for children with autism spectrum condition...

When working with an individual with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), it is important to start with a holistic assessment of a person’s cognitive, sensory, motor and communication needs as a first step to positive outcomes. It’s crucial that staff know what’s important to the person, their identified needs, and what’s working or not working from their perspective. This information is gathered from the individual, who is at the centre of the process, as well as the people involved in their lives. This is called a Person-Centred Approach. 

World Autism Awareness Week: SEND teacher training route focuses on autism

World Autism Awareness Week teaching

During World Autism Awareness Week, Education For Everybody looks at a teacher training route which has been designed specifically for student teachers who want to work in SEND schools, and features on a core unit on autism. 

We spoke to Dr Lyn Trodd, Dean of the School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire, about the BA (Hons) in Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Disability, which is now in its third year.

BBC’s new Education Strategy to encourage social mobility in the UK

BBC’s Education Strategy

James Purnell, Director, BBC Radio and Education has announced BBC’s Education Strategy his intention to focus the BBC’s education mission around improving social mobility across the UK.

Launching the new approach today James Purnell said, “Education has always been part of the BBC’s DNA and we want to renew our commitment to it in this new charter period. We want to work with partners to have a positive impact on people’s lives, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The BBC has consulted extensively with stakeholders in education and business to identify key areas where its content, reach, educational expertise and trusted relationship with audiences could help reduce inequality and do more to support learning for people of all ages.

Science goes 3D with high-tech physics book 

physics book

A physics book which offers students 28 ideas for experiments with 3D simulations to complement the practicals is set to shake up science this year. 

While physics is a vital academic backbone to hundreds of different careers, the author feels that a huge disparity exists between students needing to intimately understand the practicalities and results of dozens of experiments, while having very limited access to actual laboratories. It’s something that has been on Dr. Robert J. Lucas’ mind for over a decade, inspiring him to create Advanced Physics Practicals: with 3D Simulations.

Charity places 10,000 governors in schools

school governor Alastair Cowen

With schools struggling to attract volunteers to join their governing board, one charity has recruited 10,000 governors – many of whom are professionals with links to global businesses.

And one finance manager has spoken of his pride at helping to turn around a school which teaches children with medical and special needs.

The national education charity Governors for Schools (formerly School Governors’ One Stop Shop) recruits skilled and committed people to be highly effective governors and trustees of schools all over England. It aims to raise public awareness of governor opportunities for the benefit of schools and businesses. 

Teacher training recruitment levels drop by a third with 'low pay to blame'

teacher training with children

Low pay, confusing training routes and poor staff morale have been blamed for a fall in teacher training applications.

Figures from UCAS recently showed that teacher recruitment numbers have dropped by a third. In December 2017, 12,820 people had applied to begin ITT – down from 19,330 the year before. 

The general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Geoff Barton, said, “It’s alarming, I think, particularly as we know there are going to be another half a million children coming through the system over the next nine years.

East Anglian coding competition set to reduce skills gap and drive social mobility

East Anglian coding competition set to reduce skills gap and drive social mobility

FXP Festival, a STEM initiative based on a computer and mobile game design and development competition, is now open to entries from secondary schools and colleges across East Anglia. The initiative, which is linked to the computer science curriculum, uses computer games to increase interest and uptake of STEM subjects, build young people’s digital skills and provide an insight into what careers in the technology, creative digital and related industries might offer.