The Education Sector Needs to Get to Grips with GDPR

GDPR

On the 25th of May 2018 the Data Protection Act will be replaced by The General Data Protection Regulation, commonly referred to as GDPR. GDPR will place increased responsibilities upon every education establishment, regardless of the age group for which they cater, regarding management of personal data. Failure to comply with GDPR could result in fines of €20 million or 4% of a business’s global revenue, whichever is greater, and the impact upon OFSTED inspections and ratings would be severe. 

The Background to GDPR

National Conference on Learning Disabilities ‘Raises the Bar’ and Sets New Standards For Better Care

New Standards For Better Care

Family carers, health and social care professionals, academics, education and social care providers joined together on Friday 24th November for the first national conference with an exclusive focus on Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) Service Standards.

 

Taking place in Manchester, Raising the Bar saw the launch of the new Core and Essential Service Standards for supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, setting out aspirational benchmarks for what best practice care looks like across the UK and beyond. The conference also aimed to establish better networking around PMLD, which until now has been a largely neglected area in the sector and society more widely. 

 

The greatest eduction show on earth? You Bett!

The greatest eduction show on earth? You Bett!

The world’s leading education show returned to ExCeL London in January - The Bett show attracted 35,000 people from the worldwide education community. And with a huge range of new secondary education aids on display, plus a number of speaker sessions and workshops dedicated to best practice and innovation in SEN education, it was a must-attend event for all in the world of special educational needs.
More than 700 exhibitors displayed their solutions to the challenges facing the education sector – not least those aimed at enhancing the educational experience of those with SEN.

Lookers — winners of North East round of National Apprenticeship awards 2017

 National Apprenticeship awards 2017

Lookers has been recognised for their dedication to young talent after their win of the North East regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

The group was successful in the ‘Macro’ category — sponsored by The Open University. They are committed to ensuring that their customers continue to receive the very best repair and maintenance support, all carried out by world class technicians, and it believes recruiting technical apprentices is a vital part of this.

Children in Need’s official mascot Pudsey Bear pays a visit to our students

Pudsey Bear

Children in Need’s official mascot Pudsey Bear pays a visit to our students at Autism East Midlands Sutherland House School, Nottingham (A Specialist Autism School) 

Children in Need’s official mascot Pudsey Bear paid a visit to our students at Autism East Midlands Sutherland House School, Nottingham. Pudsey Bear joined in the school’s morning assembly today to the excited calls of students. Pudsey amazingly appeared as Mick the Mike encouraged all the children to shout out Pudseys name in a rhythmic chant. After a minute of shouts of PUDSEY miraculously he appeared! Through the assembly Pudsey danced, waved and listened to presentation by classes. Pudsey Bear also hugged and shook hands with nearly every child.

Teaching techniques for learning outside the classroom

 Teaching outside the classroom

Research has shown that the typical classroom — consisting of desks and chairs facing a whiteboard on the wall, might not be the most effective learning environment. We know that it is certainly not the only learning environment either. 

For many children, when they are not at school, they spend their ‘down time’ indoors playing games and using tablets as opposed to playing outdoors with their friends, like previous generations. Introducing outdoor play at school provides them with an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and engage with nature.

Making mental health awareness training more accessible to schools.

mental health awareness

Safeguarding and Duty of Care experts EduCare Learning Ltd. have launched a new Mental Wellbeing course in partnership with YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

The online course covers common Mental Health issues faced by children and young people, how to build resilience and what support mechanisms can be put in place for those experiencing Mental Health problems.

Learning to Take on the Challenge - do you dare?

Action4Youth

Action4Youth, an energetic youth charity that provides positive, often transformational experiences and activities, works to enable young people of all abilities and disabilities to learn to challenge themselves - learning what they can achieve rather than what they can’t.

 

Confidence, self-belief and people skills are not traits that come naturally to young people with learning disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN), so it’s easy to see how they can become self-conscious, isolated and afraid to try new things. One youth charity is working with SEN students, taking them out of their comfort zone and opening their eyes to the possibilities and opportunities that life has to offer.

 

A Teacher's #TeamCalvert Story

A Teacher's #TeamCalvert Story

CLOtC accredited centre Calvert Trust Exmoor have just released the third film in their #TeamCalvert series, all about  accessible school residential experiences for pupils with disabilities. The film features staff and students from Mill Water School in Devon taking part in adventurous activities like horse riding, canoeing, cycling and bushcraft, during a school residential break at the Exmoor centre. 

 

In this short film teacher Sarah Clarke tells us about what it's like to visit the centre with her students. “I think the nice thing about Calvert is that each pupil can access something that challenges them, individual to them...”

 

‘Good’ charity benefits from online QA tool in face of OFSTED

 QA tool

A CHARITY for young people with learning disabilities has invested in new quality assurance technology to meet critical development planning and Ofsted requirements.

 

The Highgate-based Harington Scheme delivers individual learning programmes, including gardening courses, which are designed to help young people into employment, further education or lead a richer life.

 

The charity’s management team, under the supervision of scheme manager Joanna Baxter, adopted new Mesma self-assessment and improvement planning software to assist in the administration, implementation and tracking of its development plan as part of the training provider’s wider commitment to improving quality assurance.