Fostering good education

Children in fostering

Statistically, children in care struggle to perform well in education, however more and more foster children from Hackney are going onto college and University. Over the last three years Hackney’s looked after children scored among of the highest GCSE grades across the country against their peers. This standard of good results continues, due to the work foster carers and our Virtual School do to support, encourage and nurture children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Options Trent Acres school celebrates Outstanding Ofsted

Options Trent Acres school student

Options Trent Acres, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, a special independent school for boys and girls aged 8-18 with autism and a range of complex needs, including mild learning disability, is celebrating having been officially declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. The school, run by Options Autism is part of the Outcomes First Group.

Inspectors commended the school, stating that Options Trent Acres “provides a rich and rewarding educational experience for all pupils”.

Supported Employment course kicks off for 5th year

Group of students at Supported Employment course

Optalis’ Supported Employment service has successfully launched the fifth year of its Ace@Optalis course, welcoming young students from the learning disability department at Reading College who are looking to secure employment. 

The ultimate goal of the Ace@Optalis course is to support students to achieve paid employment and work towards gaining independence in their role.

Thirteen students looking to secure careers in a variety of industries – including catering, retail and horticulture - have joined the course this year, which is held at social care provider Optalis’ Head Office.

Learning in the Great Outdoors

Children learning in the Great Outdoors

Being outside is good for all of us. However, the great outdoors provides an expanse of learning opportunities that are particularly significant for those in pre-school, Reception and Year 1.

In recent years, study after study has highlighted the growing amount of time young children spend in front of screens and the correlating diminishing time spent outside. Society has changed. More of us work in offices Monday to Friday, few of us work outdoors and many of us only see our children in the evenings and at weekends. These days, kicking a ball around a field or collecting leaves in Autumn has a lot to compete with. Computer games, Youtube and on demand children’s TV often consume our children’s entire attention.

Sherpa Environmental Limited

Sherpa Environmental Pouring jug of water

Sherpa Environmental Limited is a customer-committed company that specialises in keeping water systems safe.

Our philosophy is to develop the relationship as a solutions partner, not just a contractor. This means we are much more switched on to the needs of your company and how you need the service delivered. 

In turn, this means that we will help you make decisions around budgets competently and professionally, and advise on prioritising. This approach saves our clients’ money while reducing the risk.

We are a customer-focussed company that works with our clients and facilities management contractors to identify their needs, and deliver a quality service by dedicating our skilled workers to nationwide contracts.

Shaw Education Trust celebrates exceptional achievement

Shaw Education Trust award

Shaw Education Trust uses innovative approach to raising student aspirations with a key stage 3 awards ceremony. 

Students from across the Shaw Education Trust and their parents were invited to an Exceptional Achievement Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of students who have shown progression in their performance.

Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, Jo Morgan, utilised her speech to inspire students saying: “You are here because you had the courage and confidence to reach for the stars- to live your dreams and work hard for your success.

“Education is the pathway to enable freedom, choice and independence. Whether you want to be a brain surgeon, astronaut, nuclear physicist or leader of the UN, the power you have is in your hands.”

Literacy intervention in West Yorkshire boys’ school improves reading age by more than a year 

Literacy intervention at school

Head teacher at Upper Batley High School Samantha Vickers explains how Supply Desk’s literacy intervention programme ‘Love to Read’ improved pupils’ reading age across the school, which has a high proportion of English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs (SEN) students. 

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The key components of a mentally healthy school

The key components of a mentally healthy school, Centre for Child Mental Health

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of the Centre for Child Mental Health(CCMH) and Co-Director of Trauma Informed Schools UK– discusses the key components of a mentally healthy school. 

We have health and safety policies for children’s bodies in our schools – so why don’t we have health and safety policies for children’s minds? We have all the evidence we need on the adult-child relationship experiences that cause mental health problems and those that heal.