Discovery and Science Mad

Discovery and Science Mad

Hugely appealing to the STEM-conscious family, the 'Discovery' and 'Science Mad' range of toys from Trends UK encourage children to have fun outdoors and learn from the natural world!

The Discovery Pocket Scope (£9.99rrp) is a wonderful introcuction to the micro world of mother nature. A handheld microscope for outdoor investigation, the Pocet Scope opens up the garden to an unlimited number of fantastic finds and educational marvels. The Nightlight Illuminated Globe (£19.99rrp) is a superb educational nightlight, showing the world, its seas and oceans, countries and capital cities; perfect for learning abouyt planet Earth while dropping off to sleep!

A Lack Of Real-World Experience Is Putting Children At Risk

School Children in classroom

A new report released on Outdoor Classroom Day proves the importance of getting outdoors on children’s mental health and environmental awareness. Outdoor Classroom Day is a world-wide campaign which calls on millions of children around the world to get outdoors and prioritise outdoor learning and play.

This year, over 530,000 children across the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) will be ditching their desks for the school grounds in support of the global initiative. 

Children take part in biggest wildlife survey in schools    

Little girl taking part in biggest wildlife survey in schools    

School children across the UK will be filling up bird feeders, turning classrooms into bird hides and creating wildlife friendly bakes in preparation for watching and counting the birds in their school grounds for the 2019 RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

The Birdwatch – which takes place during the first half of the spring term (2 Jan – 22 Feb) – is a chance for children to put down their books and discover the nature that lives in their local community. The Birdwatch involves children spending an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before sending the results to the RSPB.

Time travel learning & multi-sensory teaching

multi-sensory teaching at Hampton Court

Taking multi-sensory teaching outside the classroom develops literacy and life skills whilst having fun, says Neil Mears, a SEND teacher at St Philips School.

One thing I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that, as a teacher, I need to teach the student, not just the subject. 

This is true for all children, but it’s a particularly pertinent point for those working towards, or at, Entry Level 1. 

What is inclusive cycling?

Wheels For Wellbeing

As part of their 10th birthday celebrations, Wheels for Wellbeing launched possibly a world first with their Guide to Inclusive Cycling at a well-attended conference at London’s City Hall In October. Neil Andrews Campaigns and Policy Officer at the inclusive cycling charity outlines what the Guide is, who it is for and how it can be used.

Why the Guide?

Wheels for Wellbeing’s Guide is the product of years of campaigning to make cycling more inclusive. Its roots can be traced back to a talk they gave at a London Cycling Campaign seminar in 2014, where some of its key principles were first developed, and more recently with the launch of our Beyond the Bicycle manifesto in 2016.

The challenges of recruiting SEND teachers

Supply Desk recruit SEND teachers

Schools across the UK are currently in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis, with low numbers of candidates and teacher trainees. Applications for teaching training courses fell by one-third this year – plummeting from 19,330 in December 2016 to just 12,820 in 2017, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Additionally, high numbers of teachers are leaving the profession – 81% of teachers surveyed by the National Education Union (NEU, 2018) said they had considered leaving the profession in the last year. 

68% Increase in Incidence of Self-Harm Amongst 13-16 Year Old Girls

Teenage girl listening to music after participating in self-harm

According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)1, a 68% increase in self-harm incidence was found amongst girls aged 13-16 between 2011 and 2014 in the UK, with an annual incidence of 77 per 10,000 (or 0.77%) in that specific group of age. The study also highlights that self-harm is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide, with suicide being the second most common cause of death before age 25 worldwide. According to the authors, these revealing results indicate an “urgent need to develop and implement effective interventions for girls in their early-mid teens”. 

Getting the right specialist equipment in SEN schools

specialist equipment in SEN schools

Knowing and using the right moving and handling practices in SEN schools is very important. Making sure you have the best equipment at your fingertips is equally important to providing the best support and care for students of varying needs and abilities. Here are a couple of things that will help.

Flexible Hoist Systems

Overhead hoist systems can help with moving pupils around the school, and they can even be used for gait training and other physiotherapy exercises. Choosing a flexible hoist track layout will help staff to move students wherever they need to. 

Playstage Junior & Playstage YA

Playstage Junior & Playstage YA

PLAYSTAGE JUNIOR 

We have been selling quality school plays to English speaking schools around the world for 15 years. Since Playstage Junior started in 2002, our plays have been performed by English-speaking primary schools and youth groups in 43 countries! And we are always reaching new markets

Many of our customers come back time and time again because they know that our plays are fun and audiences adore them. Teachers love the plays because they are so easy to purchase and download and we give teachers and youth leaders full production notes that offer invaluable help with props, sound effects, scenery and costumes.