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FestABLE event to be held at SEND college

Sally Phillips FestABLE

Guest speakers including TVs Sally Phillips will gather for FestABLE on June 2 as part of the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.

Youtubers, assistive technology experts and professionals working with young people who have special educational needs and disabilities will attend the event. 

Young people have helped plan FestABLE’s diverse programme which includes all sorts from the chance to go in the country’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon and play with eye-gaze controlled computer games, to sessions on speech and occupational therapy, Education, Health and Care plans, early autism intervention, SEND reform and removing the barriers to achievement.

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.

School app helps SEND school improve parental engagement

The Piota school app is used at Kingsdown, which boasts a swimming pool

Parental engagement without disruption: how one school app has helped an SEND setting to connect with families...

Parental engagement can be difficult for most schools, but when children arrive and leave in buses and taxis, speaking to parents is even harder. The Kingsdown School, part of the SEN Trust Southend Multi Academy Trust, supports 120 students up to 14 years of age with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD); 95% have a cognitive ability below pre-reception age.

SEND pupils develop growth mindset

SEND pupils develop growth mindset

Pupils with SEND are being encouraged by a leading educational psychologist to adopt a growth mindset.

Thousands are missing out on the educational workshops designed to provide pupils of all abilities with the skills they need to adopt a growth mindset, say experts.

In the UK, 14.4% of pupils have specific learning difficulties (SLD), 25% of which also have moderate learning difficulties (MLD). These pupils face huge barriers in mastering numeracy and literacy skills. 

Despite indication of the Government moving in a positive direction to help pupils with SEND, school budget cuts have inevitably meant that there has been a loss of staff and a decrease in extra-curricular activities and resources.

Working together for a Bett-er education

Bett show resources

This year’s Bett Show is taking place in January at the ExCeL in London. With 850 leading companies attending, Bett – the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape – promises to showcase 103 exciting new edtech start-ups and bring together over 34,700 attendees from the global education community.

They come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.

Here, we take a look at just a handful of the exciting products and services on show at Bett, to help you decide how to plan your day.

Applications open to create 1,600 new SEND free school places

Applications open to create 1,600 new SEND free school places

More than 1600 SEND (special educational needs and disability) school places will be created across England as the government opens applications to run new free schools. 

Nineteen local authorities will be accepting applications to run the SEND schools as part of the government's ambitious free schools programme, which aims to provide high-quality provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities.