Boost to special needs and disability funding has been welcomed

disability funding apprentice working

A multi-million pound boost to special needs and disability funding has been welcomed by two leading charities.

The Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said the additional £45million funding for councils and organisations would help to continue transforming SEND provision.

The reforms, which began in 2014, introduced Education, Health and Care plans which are tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person.

£9.7million of the special needs and disability funding will go towards supported internships

Included in the funding is a £9.7million fund set up to create supported internships, helping some of the most vulnerable young people bride the gap between education and employment. 

Teacher training recruitment levels drop by a third with 'low pay to blame'

teacher training with children

Low pay, confusing training routes and poor staff morale have been blamed for a fall in teacher training applications.

Figures from UCAS recently showed that teacher recruitment numbers have dropped by a third. In December 2017, 12,820 people had applied to begin ITT – down from 19,330 the year before. 

The general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Geoff Barton, said, “It’s alarming, I think, particularly as we know there are going to be another half a million children coming through the system over the next nine years.

East Anglian coding competition set to reduce skills gap and drive social mobility

East Anglian coding competition set to reduce skills gap and drive social mobility

FXP Festival, a STEM initiative based on a computer and mobile game design and development competition, is now open to entries from secondary schools and colleges across East Anglia. The initiative, which is linked to the computer science curriculum, uses computer games to increase interest and uptake of STEM subjects, build young people’s digital skills and provide an insight into what careers in the technology, creative digital and related industries might offer. 

The power of colour in early development

The power of colour in early development

Young children are excited by bright colour — it grabs their attention and ignites curiosity. A baby is born with monochrome vision and is unable to distinguish the difference between colours, it is not until around 8 months when their colour vision is fully developed. By 3-4 years, a child can begin to recognise and name basic colours as frequent exposure can help strengthen this skill.

As well as being visually appealing to a child, what other benefits does colour have in early development? Infinite Playgrounds, educational play area designers, has provided us with more of an insight.

The advantages of colour

It depends on how old a child is as to what benefits they can gain from colour exposure.

Link between child mental health problems and unemployment

child mental health

Experts say that mental health problems in childhood and young adulthood can influence workforce participation in later life.

Two reports have highlighted the link between behaviour, depression and trauma in children as young as seven, and unemployment by the age of 55.

The reports highlight the fact that flexible working, which could help to alleviate some of the issues faced by those suffering from mental health problems, is far from common practice and for some workers it is impractical.

Both reports, published by the International Longevity Centre, found physical and mental illness at younger ages can have a significant impact on employment trajectories in later life.

Like working with children? Have a spare room? You could be a foster carer.

foster carers

Manchester City Council are recruiting new foster carers - ideally people with experience of working with children who have a physical or learning disability. Is that you?

Fostering can mean taking in a child for a couple of nights, caring for a child for several months, or even having a child living with you for many years. 

foster carersChildren need different types of foster care depending on their circumstances. You can stick to a particular kind of fostering that suits you. Or you can try different kinds. It's up to you.

Kidz to Adultz Middle

Kidz to Adultz Middle

Thursday, 15th March 2018    9.30am — 4.30pm

Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE

FREE ENTRY - FREE PARKING – FULLY ACCESSIBLE – CHILDREN WELCOME

One of the largest FREE UK events supporting children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and all the professionals who support them. 

Kidz to Adultz MiddleThe Kidz to Adultz Middle Team at Disabled Living are delighted and extremely proud to bring this annual event back to the very prestigious Ricoh Arena n Coventry. 

Breakthrough innovation – the new way forward, keeping children safe in education with responsive lockdown solutions

STANLEY Security

STANLEY Security is committed to providing safe learning environments for students, staff, administrators and visitors to education facilities. Providing a safe, secure learning environment within the constraints of today’s budgets and regulations is a challenge. STANLEY Security offers integrated state of the art security solutions that help meet that challenge.

With incidents rising at an alarming rate, schools, colleges and nurseries need to be able to respond quickly to secure premises and students.

The convergence of security with IT.

The Education Show 2018 Highlights Creativity, Wellbeing and Innovation

The Education Show 2018

Creativity, wellbeing and literacy take centre stage at The Education Show 2018, with education experts joined by leading Special Educational needs expert Lorraine Peterson OBE and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcy Bussell.

The UK’s leading education resources event brings the classroom to life over three days from 15 to 17 March 2018 at the Birmingham NEC.  The 2018 show celebrates the mix of practicality, fun and creativity that teachers bring to their roles to inspire their pupils, while supporting the knowledge and commitment of schools.