Confronting nature and outdoor development

Parents, teachers and children have all changed their attitudes towards  the outdoors. During the 1970s to the late 1990s, to be sent to the bedroom for a child would be considered a punishment as they wouldn’t be able to play outside; now, the bedroom is no longer considered a punishment. 

Now, their bedrooms are home to alternative realities, brought about by digital platforms such as social media, games consoles and smart devices. They are distracted from the world outside their window. 

Outdoor playground equipment designers Infinite Playgrounds explores how modern technology is limiting children’s outdoor experience and development. 

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Get a dog for a stress-free life filled with happier tales!

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Over 85 per cent of pet owners in the West Midlands believe having a dog can help to bring stress levels down.

In fact, research, conducted by leading manufacturer of premium pet supplements Lintbells, has found that on average dog owners in the West Midlands are happier in life and experience less stress because of their pet.

With almost a quarter of households in the UK now owning a dog the study found that dog owners are happier, more satisfied at work and more sociable than people without a pooch. In fact over 80 per cent of people in the West Midlands now consider their dog to be an integral part of their family.

Musical Sensory Garden

Musical Sensory Garden

Percussion Play Reveals the Secrets to Building the Perfect Musical Sensory Garden

 

UK-based outdoor musical instrument manufacturer Percussion Play details how to build inclusive spaces that allow everyone to experience music and nature, with a specialist guide to building a musical sensory garden.

Percussion Play has built musical instruments for parks, playgrounds and schools all around the world – and now, they’re sharing their specialist knowledge on sensory gardens.

In the free guide, the UK’s leading outdoor musical instrument manufacturer showcases their tips on planning, planting and percussion so that everyone can enjoy music, sound and the great outdoors.

Businesses play vital role in introducing young people to the working world

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Young people are our future and businesses play a vital role in providing them with an insight into the working world. 

Lauren Brown (pictured) discusses a synergised approach to ensure businesses are engaged in helping school leavers to have unrestricted access to the workplace. Recently, I attended an internship presentation morning with a local technology employer and heard all about the experiences of two young school pupils who, as ‘interns’, were just coming to the end of their 4-week spell in the workplace. According to them, the experience was not only eye-opening, it was life changing!

Horse Riding – An Activity for All

Horse riding

An East Yorkshire riding school has become the latest riding establishment to sign up to a national scheme encouraging more disabled people to take up horse riding.

Oxmardyke Equestrian Centre, based on the outskirts of Gilberdyke, has received the seal of approval to become an Accessibility Mark accredited centre.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Unique, Touching Video

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Unique, Touching Video Brings Testimonials of Parents of Teens with Special Needs (Including Autism) Using iPad to Communicate with Their Surroundings

Tel Aviv, Israel, July 27, 2017. Israel’s Athena Fund, a nonprofit organization empowering teachers, has produced a unique video to raise awareness of the incredible ability of teens with special needs (including autism) to communicate with their families and friends with the help of an iPad. 

College shortlisted for national diversity award

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An innovative North East college has been recognised for its outstanding work in encouraging diversity and equality in its organisation and the local community.

Gateshead College has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company Award in this year’s National Diversity Awards, which take place on September 8 at the stunning Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.  

Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the event – dubbed the UK’s largest celebration of diversity – to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in society. 

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. 

Autism with Attitude street dance group make history as first SEN students to qualify for dance world championships!

Jonathan Baron

Street dance group ‘Autism with Attitude’ have made history as the first special needs dance team to qualify for the United Dance Organisations (UDO) World Championships in Glasgow.

 

Members of the group have developed their skills since attending Hillingdon Manor School, in Uxbridge. Teacher Jonathan Baron said: “The SEN dance world is currently very small and in fact they were the first dance team with special needs to take part in the event.”

 

Hillingdon Manor is an Outcomes First Group centre of excellence in education and development, for children aged five to 19 years with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC).