Lamar plans his perfect day

Lamar

A young man who was managing severe anxiety levels is making ‘great progress’ after moving to a residential service in Sittingbourne.

Lamar Romans-Smith, who is a 25 year old on the autistic spectrum, left the family home in July 2016 to live at Rhyme House in Chaucer Road which supports people with learning disabilities.

Ten months on Lamar enjoys going out and living alongside his house mates, and his key worker Chelsea Bosley supports him to manage his anxiety using a planner which is organised by Lamar himself to arrange his day.

“Lamar has his own magnetic photographs which staff support him to choose to stick on his planner according to what he is going to do that day,” said Chelsea.

Autism is no barrier for pupils at Inscape house school

Anne Price

Inscape House School has been praised by Ofsted for creating a safe haven for pupils where they can learn to be independent valued citizens.

Inscape is a non-maintained specialist school in Cheadle for pupils aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

The school has retained its good rating, with inspectors commending the ‘gripping leadership and crystalline vision’ of the senior team.

Ofsted inspector Jonathan Jones said: “There is no doubt that Inscape House is, first and foremost, a school.

“You have made teaching and learning the core purpose of all that happens here.

“This focus has resulted in a clever and effective synergy between the academic and therapeutic aspects of the school.”

Inscape computing teacher recognised as an inspirational educator

Tania Brook

Inscape computing teacher Tania Brooks has been presented with an Inspirational Educator’s Award for her dedication to improving opportunities for young people with autism.

Inscape is a non-maintained specialist school in Cheadle for pupils aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

Tania was nominated for the award presented by the Worshipful Company of Educators following her work to provide students with tailored learning experiences.

Her understanding of autism has enabled her to connect with students and nurture their interests in IT from working with robots and drones, to deconstructing computers – students can test their abilities and develop a broad range of IT skills. 

For students with dyslexia, speech recognition unlocks new opportunities in education

Dragon

Of the learning challenges facing students with dyslexia, reading difficulties are amongst the most prominent. It is believed around 10% of the population have the condition which usually sees suffers struggling to process information whether written or spoken, which can hamper their natural ability to share and document their creative ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm for a subject. This could potentially have an adverse educational and psychological effect on this group and possibly negatively impact their engagement with education. Encouragingly though, through dedicated study and research, great advances have been made in understanding dyslexia, how it affects individuals and what needs to be done to provide support for them from an early age. 

Kubota UK paves the way to help Wells Park School launch new farm

Wells park

Pupils at Wells Park School, a residential primary school for five to 11 year olds with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, are transforming an area of land into a brand new farm with the help of a compact tractor donated by machinery giant Kubota UK.

 

This exciting new initiative is part of the school’s commitment to help children with behavioural difficulties enjoy learning. All the pupils at Wells Park School are referred by Essex County Council because they have become disengaged from mainstream schools and learning.

 

Calming Currents Helped My Child’s Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy

Mum of two, Gina Wade spends all the time she can helping her daughter Sophie overcome the symptoms of spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Walking and moving is always difficult for Sophie because of her stiff, tight muscles, but the pony she loves so much eventually led her to trying a unique treatment that finally helped ease her symptoms...  

Student becomes childcare role model

Reece

Reece Sickling first arrived at Leeds City College on a taster day for a Childcare course.  He was a quiet, anxious 14-year-old boy, the only learner from his high school in a room full of girls. His teacher was very nervous about leaving him, but he was determined that he wanted a career working with children. He joined in with the activities, worked hard on the tasks and was so shy that he barely spoke all day, but when his teacher returned to pick him up and asked him how it went, he grinned from ear to ear.

He has spent the last six years at Leeds City College developing into a confident and excellent childcare practitioner. He is a role model to his peers and to the children he cares for.

Holding open school fire doors with Agrippa

fire doors with Agrippa

A school in Kent has installed Agrippa fire door holders to protect teachers and pupils in the event of a fire. 

When the school’s existing sound activated door retainers were becoming damaged by pupils, the Weald of Kent Grammar School decided to replace all of the units with the Agrippa door holders.

Completely wire-free, the holders can be installed in just ten minutes and are supplied with two C cell batteries. The Agrippa holders are also fitted to the top of the door to prevent damage to the door and floor. Accepted by the UK fire brigade, the Agrippa fire door holders are the perfect solution to holding open fire doors, whilst ensuring they are closed automatically in the event of a fire. 

Support the together trust at our annual family fun day

family fun day

The Together Trust family fun day will be taking place next month (Saturday June 10) with a host of activities for children and adults.

 

The annual event attracts more than 1,500 people from Stockport and Manchester and has a wide variety of attractions including a funfair, live music, arts, crafts and face painting.

 

Event and community fundraiser Julie Williams said: “The family fun day is always a great event for the Together Trust.

 

“It’s wonderful to see the community and the charity come together - the more people the better.

 

“All the money raised will go towards providing specialist services for children with complex needs.”