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. 

Twinkl to launch AR game that attracts children to STEM subjects at Bett 2019

Twinkl AR game

The online educational publisher Twinkl has created the world’s first ever multiplayer AR game that teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

ARchitect can be played by up to four people and invites players to create structures using different materials such as wood and ice, whilst facing challenges and adverse conditions.

The game introduces concepts such as structural integrity and provides a platform to learn real-world physics as players create towers, bridges and boats in a 3D world created with augmented reality. 

Twinkl will be exclusively showcasing ARchitect at the Bett education technology show, which runs from the 23rd to 26th January at the ExCeL in London

Temprocket: Why the CCS framework could reduce teacher choice and quality

Temprocket's Andrew Johnston

The way the CCS framework has been applied could do schools (and agencies) more harm than good, says TempRocket Founder Andrew Johnston.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) helps to provide commercial services to the Public Sector and save money for the taxpayer by improving government commercial and procurement activity. The CCS framework has recently been applied to the education sector to make it cheaper and easier to recruit full-time teachers. 

New AI software from Lexplore helps identify struggling readers in minutes

Lexplore can detect dyslexia - children reading in class on carpet

Showcased at Bett 2019 for the first time, Lexplore (stand B303) has brought 30 years of research into reading development to create a new tool that will help teachers accurately pinpoint children’s reading attainment. The artificial intelligence software in Lexplore highlights specific eye movement patterns in children which can suggest reading difficulties including dyslexia. This can help teachers identify children who may be struggling with reading in a matter of minutes.

Industry body calls for in-depth consultation on Disabled Students' Allowances 

Disabled Student

The British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) welcomes the Department for Education’s continued commitment to support disabled and neurodiverse students in higher education through the provision of Disabled Student Allowances (DSA).

However, the plans to tender the provision of assistive technology equipment and training, have led to uncertainty about the future of DSA and the wider industry that supports disabled students.

The sector body is calling on government to ensure there is thorough consultation with industry stakeholders, higher education providers and students.

TokensFor Wins Backing from Teaching Professionals for Plastic Token Reward System

Based in Sheffield UK, TokensFor Limited, a leading plastic token manufacturer for schools, wins backing from educational and teaching professionals for their year on year support in schools.

TokensFor has revolutionised the plastic token industry, especially within the education sector. The plastic token supplier provides a behavioural support network and reward system for children in schools who are on the autistic spectrum. But it’s not just the children who receive the benefits; it’s the teachers too.

Teachers can experience mental health issues due to poor behaviour within the classroom. Noticeable psychological impacts include lost teaching time, decrease in teacher job satisfaction, poor teacher recruitment and retention, and stress and mental health.

Learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum 

Children learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum 

Ravenglass Railway Museum is a great place for a school visit. There are many opportunities for learning from the museum, the railway, the site and the community it serves. 

Located in West Cumbria, the Museum tells the story of the historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway which opened in 1875 and still carries 100,000 passengers every year behind beautifully preserved steam locomotives. The museum offers an extensive archive and exhibits that share the history of the line and allows visitors to get up close to the locomotives and coaches. 

Best Practice Network

Best Practice Network Student & Teacher

Best Practice Network is an experienced and well-established provider of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination (NASENCO) with typically over 100 SENCOs or aspiring SENCOs starting the course with us each year. The qualification is mandatory for newly appointed SENCOs, but can also be excellent CPD for more experienced practitioners who want to refresh their knowledge and skills. Offered in partnership with Bath Spa University, the Award incorporates the Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Coordination from their Professional Master’s Programme, worth the first 60 credits towards a Master’s (MA) degree.

Power Up+: A digital tool to empower young people with SEND to make decisions and promote wellbeing

by Chloe Edridge, research assistant at The Anna Freud Centre

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) must have their voices heard, with their capabilities promoted not assumed. We have been informed by young people, their teachers, carers and clinicians that they want to be active in decisions that affect them, with a call for tools to be able to achieve this.  

Power Up+ is a digital tool to support wellbeing in young people with SEND. It aims to support them in taking an active role in the decisions about their life, facilitate a level of independence and enable their voices to be heard through helping expression of feelings and emotion.

Gratnells award-winning MakerSpace trolley shortlisted for prestigious Education award

Gratnells award-winning MakerSpace trolley

The latest addition to the Callero family of storage solutions, Gratnells MakerSpace trolley is building on a successful launch with the news that it has been named a finalist for a prestigious industry award that highlights and rewards the quality and diversity of education products.

The MakerSpace trolley has been confirmed as a nominee for the GESS Education Awards 2019, in the Innovation Product Awards – Equipment/Hardware/non-ICT category. The award ceremony takes place in February at the leading education show in the Middle East, GESS Dubai, and aims to encourage the raising of educational services and product standards throughout the industry.