Helen Caldwell, from the University of Northampton, on using technology with SEN pupils

University of Northampton, Special Educational Needs, Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Computing, Net-Aware,

Helen Caldwell, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton, who’s also an Apple Distinguished Educator, shares her thoughts on the use of technology for education and outlines some ideas for implementing technology in outdoor sessions…

Our children are increasingly spending less time outdoors exploring their environment. They spend more time engaging with the world around them in a digital format - through the various mobile devices now available to them at home and in the classroom.

They’re mixing learning, gaming, watching video content and using social media to communicate in a more interactive way than ever before. They are often way ahead of the curve in understanding technology, compared to parents, and some educators. 

Acheivement for All - Sonia Blandford

Achievement for All

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO at Achievement for All, tells Education for Everybody editor Victoria Galligan about the charity that works to improve outcomes for all children and young people who are vulnerable to underachievement.

Tell us about Achievement for All and the work it does…

Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges, improving outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement regardless of background, challenge or need through bespoke partnerships across our wide range of programmes.

What more can policy makers do to ensure every child is included?

The early bird catches the (book) worm

Book Monster

Encouraging and supporting your child in their reading can sometimes be a monster task, let the Book Monster (RRP £24.99) by Thinking Gifts come to the rescue! This brilliant book holder can be propped on to any surface and keeps the book or tablet firmly in position with monster teeth to mark each page.

This gentle giant, available in green and blue, can accommodate most sizes of books, e-readers and tablets and has handy pockets at the back for storing items such as bookmarks, power cords and ear phones. Book Monster can now also accompany you on holiday – the new, inflatable Bookmonster Air (RRP £14.99) is waterproof and perfect for story-time on the beach!

Welfare Call celebrate G-Cloud 10 listing

Welfare Call Limited

South Yorkshire based, Welfare Call Limited, have just been confirmed as listed on the Government's G-Cloud 10 framework and are on track to reach their ambitious expansions plans.

Welfare Call has been providing safeguarding services to Local Authorities since 2002 by contacting more than 14,000 schools every day to monitor the attendance and attainments of Looked After Children and vulnerable groups during their time in education.

Now considered the market leader and specialists in the collection and management of this data, their ePEP (electronic Personal Educational Plan) has assisted authorities achieve marked improvements in quality and completion rates of their PEPs and subsequently been acclaimed by Ofsted.

Why RSBi’s ASL vocational learning programme is top of the class

City Building

City Building is one of Scotland’s largest construction firms, with over 2,200 staff. The Glasgow business is underpinned by a unique social ethos which includes providing sustainable employment for a diverse range of people including those with disabilities and other under-represented groups.

As part of its socially inclusive approach the organisation has established a comprehensive youth employment policy, which includes a dedicated additional support for learning (ASL) schools programme.

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Explore, discover and learn on-board budget friendly coach hire!

If you are looking for safe, reliable and high quality coach hire that doesn’t dent your school travel budget, then look no further. Our fantastic school saver discounts enable you to save up to and over 15-50% on school coach hire, whether you ‘Book More, Save More’ or you meet our School Smart Checklist for our ‘School Smart Discount’ where coach hire prices start from as little as £240!

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Top Dundee visitor attractions win coveted Sandford Award for education

Sandford Award 2017 winners

Dundee's Verdant Works and Discovery Point - two of Scotland's favourite visitor attractions - have won the coveted Sandford Award.

Independently judged, the Sandford Award is a stamp of approval for education at a heritage site. It recognises the hands-on learning, workshops and facilities at Verdant Works and RRS Discovery, which both make social history a large part of the visitor experience.

Both venues are run by Dundee Heritage Trust, an independent registered charity dedicated to preserving and portraying the city's heritage for current and future generations. The Trust has clocked up numerous awards for the top visitor attractions.

Play more ‘My Little Adventure Packs’ competition

Play More campaign

Playing outside and discovering the world of nature is part of growing up, or is it? Do children still push aside logs to see what’s crawling underneath? Are daisy chains part of playground life or some relic from the past? 

Today, our children are spending more time indoors than outside and they are missing out on exploring the natural world around them. In fact, research found that 1 in 9 British children have not visited a beach, park or forest in twelve months, and on average, a British child only spends 4 hours a week playing in the great outdoors.

Wren Kitchens design Competition

WrensLittleBuild

This week, Yorkshire kitchen specialists Wren Kitchens have launched their first children’s design competition on their website and social media channels named WrensLittleBuild 

With links to STEM, PSCHE, art and DT, the WrensLittleBuilds competition aims to captivate children’s creativity and challenge their imaginations by letting them take full control of their kitchens – designing dream spaces and inspiring them to create wild and wacky kitchens to concoct their favourite meals in.

How one twelve year old's letter is helping to change the world 

Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival 2018

A 12-year-old Durham school pupil’s school project on single use plastics has become the inspiration behind one of Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival 2018 sprints.

Hannah Mitchell, from Durham Johnston School, wrote a moving letter to her class-mates as part of an assignment earlier this year.

In it, she talked about the damage that plastics are doing to the planet, the harm they are causing in the ocean and to innocent animals and asked for everyone to work together to help save the world and do their bit.

Northumbrian Water found out about the letter and loved it so much that they decided to surprise Hannah and visit her at school to say thank you for her hard work and her commitment to the plastics cause.