WIN a Skwitch – the device which makes composing music accessible to all!

The Skwitch device

WIN a Skwitch worth £44.95. Here's an inclusive gift idea which will enable people of all abilities to make music! The new hotly-tipped i-phone accessory is called a Skwitch. In a nutshell, it’s an inclusive pocket-sized electronic musical instrument that fits into your palm and allows you to make music at the touch of a button.

The device was created by the pioneering UK company Skoogmusic and is on sale via Apple and Amazon with an RRP of £44.95. There is nothing quite like it on the market – children can jam along with songs, compose and mix new tunes by connecting to apps and even use it to explore coding. 

How to combat mental health issues in the young

How to combat mental health issues in the young

How to combat mental health issues in the young

Those feelings of failure can creep up on us in many situations. The good news is that you can take steps to tackle them before they get out of hand. It may take a little practice before you stop negative feelings in their tracks, but these tips should help you feel more positive.

• Keep control of your inner voice: Saying to yourself “You should have tried harder, you’ve made yourself look stupid”, is what we call a faulty dialogue. When you start giving yourself these negative messages just say, “STOP”, and throw the thought out. Managing your inner voice is a life skill.

Crest Nicholson brings festive fun to local school in Sunbury-on-Thames

Crest Nicholson’s South division is proud to announce its support for the Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School in Sunbury-on-Thames. The award-winning developer has recently donated £250 to assist with the school’s annual Christmas Fayre, which took place on Friday 7th December.  Crest Nicholson has been supporting the school’s annual Christmas Fayre for several years, which typically receives up to 250 attendees across the school and local community. The family activities enjoyed this year included everything from a Santa’s Grotto and Christmas arts and crafts for the children, to a festive family BBQ and games, ensuring there was something for everyone. 

FutureLearn Partners with Amnesty International

FutureLearn Partners with Amnesty International

FutureLearn, the online social learning platform owned by The Open University, is partnering with the world's leading human rights organisation, Amnesty International, to provide a free online course introducing learners to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The announcement of the partnership and co-created online course, Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comes on the day of the 70th anniversary of the revolutionary document being signed.

The Benefit of Balance Bikes

Strider Balance Bike

Too often people with cognitive, restricted growth or developmental disabilities have been unable to ride a bike or have been told by doctors and other health care providers that they will never be able to ride a bike. With the proper bike and a proven method to learn, Strider®is changing this.

For the last 10 years parents and teachers of children with special needs all over the world have been approaching us so we know how life changing our bikes have been for their children. 

Balance Bikes are providing a means for inclusive social interaction and play. Suddenly, a child that had previously been sitting inside, while the other children rode their bikes is now riding right alongside their peers, grinning ear to ear. 

Story-telling helps boys close ‘literacy gap’ with girls

Story-telling at school with teacher and students

A story-telling approach can help boys aged two to five-years-old catch up with the literacy levels of girls in the same class, research by Goldsmiths, University of London has found.

Tales Toolkit is a storytelling programme, currently used for children up to age seven in more than 120 schools across the UK and eight countries worldwide, that encourages imagination and creativity. It provides schools with child-led resources based around symbols to represent story structure of character, setting, problem and solution.

Despite the difficulties, fostering a disabled child is the most rewarding thing we’ve ever done

Joanne and Stephen on fostering a disabled child

For Joanne and Stephen Phillips, 2012 was a major turning point in their life – it was the year they applied to become foster carers. For Joanne, this opportunity was exactly what she’d been yearning for. Having previously worked in the care industry, her role at the time valeting motor homes, did not offer the level of job satisfaction that she desperately craved. 

After seeing an advert in their local newspaper, the Doncaster-based couple took some time to deliberate the practicalities of fostering. They decided that it was a win-win opportunity, allowing Joanne to return to a career in care while offered a loving, stable home for a child in need. From here, they contacted Fostering People, and were delighted when their application was successful.

Moti-Lab water play benefits SEND children of all abilities

Moti-Lab in action with a child

Education For Everybody editor Victoria Galligan speaks to Moti-Lab founder Richard O’Neill about his invention and how the resource is ideally suited to children with additional needs.

If you’ve ever seen children playing outside with water, you’ll know how hard it is to tear them away from their work – they’re fully engaged, enjoying the sensory experience and learning how the water flows, exploring how it affects objects and how they can change its effects and generally having a blast splashing and pouring.

Tales Toolkit story-telling helps boys close ‘literacy gap’ with girls

Tales Toolkit in action in Nursery class at Cale Green Primary School

A story-telling approach can help boys aged two to five-years-old catch up with the literacy levels of girls in the same class, research by Goldsmiths, University of London has found.

Tales Toolkit is a storytelling programme, currently used for children up to age seven in more than 120 schools across the UK and eight countries worldwide, that encourages imagination and creativity. It provides schools with child-led resources based around symbols to represent story structure of character, setting, problem and solution.

Education that’s truly special

Education that’s truly special - Ringwood Logo

When you visit the stunning, eco-friendly, 40 acre campus on the Dorset/Hampshire border it becomes apparent why this college is a first choice for parents and young adults with special educational needs.

Individual buildings linked by natural pathways through green open spaces and woodland give a sense of calm and wellbeing. Exclusive onsite facilities include a gym hall, heated indoor swimming pool, kitchen garden and purpose-built therapy building offering onsite specialist input from occupational, physiotherapy as well as complementary therapies such as massage, music and art.