WIN! A Bloomsbury SEND books package

Bloomsbury SEND books package

Bloomsbury, who publish a range of educational titles including SEND books, have very kindly put together this package of five titles which will come in handy for staff at mainstream or specialist schools. They are:

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Supporting Students with Dyslexia, by Gavin Reid and Shannon Green (£14.99)

Do you need ready-to-use, fun and engaging ideas for supporting students with dyslexia in your classroom? Then look no further! Designed for busy secondary school teachers, this book is packed with tried-and-tested activities to integrate into your lesson plans that you can use straight away.

Inclusivity from the perspective of a teacher and a mother

Inclusivity is heard to find, says Hilda Bernier – pictured here with son Emilio

As an educator certified in teaching students with disabilities, Hilda Bernier knows how tough it can be to guarantee inclusivity in education for children, including her son Emilio. Now she and her husband Olivier are set to make a film that will help other parents and children.

All any parent wants for their child is for them to be included. But for millions of children across the world that's not their reality. Studies suggest that there are anywhere between 93 million and 150 million children across the world living with a disability, and around half of them are out of school.

Surprise minibus donation for SEND pupils

The Variety Minibus donated to Fitzwaryn

Pupils at a local special needs school were overcome with joy after being surprised with a brand new minibus, generously funded by four charitable organisations, including St James’s Place Foundation. 

Parents, governors and friends of Fitzwaryn School in Grove, Wantage were invited to join pupils for a surprise event in the school’s playground. The event was organised by Ray Collins, a well-known local fundraiser who set up a charitable trust in his own name.  

Seconds after Mr Collins announced the real reason for the event, a shiny new minibus was driven towards the pupils and guests, who burst into spontaneous shrieks of joy and excitement. 

Playinnovation launches new ‘mini’ versions of its games to satisfy the growing demand from schools

Little girl playing games

Due to popular demand, Playinnovation the innovative games company has launched a brand-new range of indoor and portable mini games which are perfect for the school market.  

Schools can now install Playinnovation’s educational games walls as mini games and perfect for use indoors and outdoors.  The games can be fitted to your gym or outside wall and feature magnetic numerical targets, moveable ground spots and a portable scoreboard for easy storage.

Young Entrepreneur sells 30 Franchises before turning 30!

Phonetics Classes Group

Entrepreneur Charlie Day started her own business Sounds Right Phonics Classes for Kids in 2016 and has sold the 30th franchise just weeks before her 30th birthday! Along with her sister, Alex Burnside who also lives next door to Charlie, they dreamed up this idea over a glass of wine and joked about how successful it could be. The sisters felt they had the perfect skills to collaborate and launch their own company - Sounds Right Phonics Classes which were fun and educational, so children don’t even realise they are learning.  Alex, a primary teacher with early years specialism, and Charlie has business experience. 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens - An Educational Visit Like No Other!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens school trip

Why is white chocolate white, but milk chocolate brown? How do your shoes link to the rainforest? What are the stigma, stamen and style? From which plant can both houses and clothing be made? Why do cactus plants look so strange? How do bananas and pineapples grow? What is a tenrec?

At Birmingham Botanical Gardens, discover the answers to these questions and many more, as you explore our 4 spectacular glasshouses and 15 acres of flourishing gardens.

You can experience an authentic rainforest adventure and then, walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions, into a desert climate and observe the changes to plants due to the seasons. Then, wander down to the Alpine Yard and Rock Garden to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the tundra.

British Dyslexia Association: interview with CEO Helen Boden

Going green for dyslexia: Frewen College

Helen Boden has years of experience as a specialist teacher and, after working in colleges with young men who struggled with literacy, and helping her two sons with their dyslexia, began working alongside her local dyslexia association. She later became the BDA’s Head of Training, Assessments and Conferences, and entered the role of CEO of the association earlier this year. As part of Dyslexia Awareness Week, Helen explains to Education for Everybody editor Victoria Galligan why there is still the need for more awareness, training and resources to support pupils with dyslexia…

Teachers at St. John’s School & Sixth Form College develop language skills with Rosetta Stone

Teacher teaching Rosetta Stone

St. John’s School & Sixth Form College in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, is focused on upskilling its staff and has been working with technology-based learning solution provider Rosetta Stone to help its teachers develop and build language skills for the past 14 months. The training forms part of the teacher subject specialism training (TSST) initiative, which aims to improve the knowledge of specialist, non-specialist and returning teachers in a range of subjects. Over one hundred teachers, across six schools in County Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne, seized the opportunity to learn a range of languages including Spanish, French and German, and the number of participants is set to increase in the programme’s coming years. 

Inclusive Festival raises autism awareness in the community  

A child plays with the dog mascot at Inclusive Festival

Options Roxby House celebrated a fantastic day in Scunthorpe as they hosted their annual Inclusive Festival: an opportunity to raise awareness for autism and bring together friends, families and the local community. 

The August festival was organised by Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – a national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. The main aim was to raise awareness of autism, fundraise and involve the local community. The festival was a resounding success - the sun shone for most of the day, resulting in a relaxed and open-air event and more than £1,500 was raised.  

Education recruiter responds to Labour’s proposals for National Substitute Teacher Register 

Supply teacher teaching

Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, this week announced plans for a Labour government to save cash strapped schools over half a billion pounds a year through a major shake-up of the supply teacher system.

Proposals include the introduction of a new national Substitute Teacher Register as well as plans to examine the feasibility of setting up a state supply agency and whether further regulation of supply teacher fees is needed to put an end to ‘exorbitant and escalating’ costs.

Commenting on the announcement, Baljinder Kuller, who has over 15 years’ experience in education recruitment, and is now Managing Director of online supply teacher portal, The Supply Register, said: