Education technology can help transform outcomes for disadvantaged pupils but is being neglected, according to a new report from the public services think-tank Reform. Reform analysis shows how using video tutoring apps instead of one-to-one tutoring could allow 300,000 additional pupils to make ‘significant progress’ at school. With the right input from schools and DfE, technology has the potential to narrow the opportunity gap.
Side by Side Integrated Nursery and Special School was founded by Mrs Rebecca Rumpler OBE, an Orthodox Jew, in 1997. Following her son’s diagnosis of Downs Syndrome, she realised that there was no school that could cater for his special educational needs in a supportive environment that encouraged the Jewish, religious ethos that was present in her own home. Mrs Rumpler envisioned a nursery that provided a specialist education for children with learning difficulties and disabilities learning alongside mainstream children, whilst maintaining Jewish ethos, culture and knowledge so that pupils could become contributing members in their local community and in the wider society.
Rhythms to counter the UK’s classroom culture, Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman has criticised schools that operate as exam factories and obsess about league tables at the expense of the “substance of education.”
Spielman has been outspoken about teachers who prepare pupils to “jump through a series of accountability hoops.” She concedes testing is valuable, but adds: "The regular taking of test papers does little to increase a child's ability to comprehend. A much better use of time is to teach and help children to read and read more."
Championing a teaching style that enriches the life of each pupil should be the goal of educators. But what practical techniques can be used to implement such a philosophy?
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”.
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.