Playinnovation create inclusive outdoor spaces

A Playinnovation outdoor area

Education for Everybody spoke to Playinnovation about how their PE and playground equipment is inclusive for children of all abilities.

Innovation at its best 

Children of all ages thrive when their senses are heighted and stimulated but this is especially true when it comes to children with special needs and disabilities. Providing these children with the means to engage, explore, discover, react and have fun outside the classroom setting is priceless and should be an essential part of the daily learning programme. 

All aboard! Pupils set off for a trampoline adventure in shiny new minibus!

Kids sat outs the Variety Sunshine Coach

Special needs pupils at a local primary school hit the road in their brand new minibus, from Variety Sunshine Coach, – hours after it was presented to them by Canary Wharf Contractors Fund (​CWCF), its generous donor.

Alison Helm, headteacher of North Beckton Primary School was handed the keys to the minibus by Tom Kelly, Head of Construction Operations, during a special ceremony, at the school, last Friday.

CWCF joined forces with Variety, the Children’s Charity to secure the school’s new minibus, which is officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach.

Ms Helm said:Kids sat outs the Variety Sunshine Coach

Future Fit Training partners with Fit for Sport

Future Fit Training logo

Future Fit Training partners with Fit for Sport to offer an industry leading Children’s Fitness Qualification

Future Fit Training has joined forces with Fit for Sport - UK experts in educating and engaging children and young people through physical activity - to offer an exclusive Children’s Fitness Qualification – the first of its kind to include a nutritional module as a standard. A leading provider of quality assured fitness courses in Personal Training, Pilates and Nutrition, the course from Future Fit has been established in response to rising childhood obesity levels across the country.

Improving Opportunities For Students With Special Needs

Improving Opportunities For Students With Special Needs

Industry and education to work together to improve opportunities for students with special educational needs and disabilities

Employers, government officials and education providers across the country pledged support for a brand new campaign, centred around providing work experience opportunities for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). 

How can we provide meaningful SEND training for trainee teachers?

Emma Hollis - SEND Teacher

Ever since the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training in 2015, which reminded us that “good teaching for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is good teaching for all children”, practitioners and policy-makers have highlighted the variability in coverage of SEND in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in this country. 

Edtech opens up the possibility of an Eton education for all

Edtech - a phone with books illustration

Alongside print management software providers United Carlton, Education for Everybody explores how technology is improving education and where edtech is heading in the future…

Technology has had its fair share of nay-sayers, with worries that the new digital age would cause robots to take over the world. But what about all the positives of technology? 

Nearly every sector has seen a boost thanks to new technological advances, and that includes education. From ditching chalk for whiteboard pens, then from that to digital boards to bring all manner of visuals and interactives to presentations and lessons, the classroom has definitely had a technological makeover! 

Technology’s place in the classroom 

Five priorities to improve teacher recruitment and retention

Monarch Education MD Esme Bianchi-Barry on teacher recruitment and retention

Esme Bianchi-Barry, Managing Director at Monarch Education, discusses the education staff shortage and how teacher recruitment and retention affects the SEND world in particular…

Recent reports have highlighted the chronic shortage of teaching staff in the UK. It is arguable that this is particularly keenly felt in the SEND sector, especially with the rising demand for SEN teachers. The latest Government figures on the percentage of pupils with special educational needs in England has increased to 14.6%, and 2.9% for those with a statement of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

Innovative resource for schools that helps children make sense of the news

Innovative resource for schools that helps children make sense of the news

The 24/7 news cycle, social media and 'fake news' make it hard for even the savviest to keep up with what’s really happening in the world. Picture News is the simple yet brilliant new resource that enables schools to encourage children to question what they hear and read, to think around key issues and topics and develop ‘healthy’ news mindsets.

The Picture News team consists of qualified teachers. Each week they choose the latest big news story, turn it into a vibrant A2 poster with a thought-provoking question and create an assembly plan with British values, Key Stage1 and Key Stage2 focus cards. The materials are available to schools as a download or printed and posted direct to the school.

Exam Stress: 5 tips to help your kids keep their cool

Exam Stress

Pressure on students to succeed is higher than ever, with fierce competition for university and school places. This pressure is heightened with exam results looming.

The hype means that results day can present a mix of emotions – joy, regret, stress or euphoria. And this isn’t just limited to the children! However, it’s important to support your child in the best way you can – which includes keeping them healthy and reducing their stress in the build up to the day. 

1. Talk things through