St Giles School Wins National Accolade For Changing The Lives Of Children

St Giles School Wins National Accolade For Changing The Lives Of Children


Winners of the seventh annual Shine a Light Awards revealed by British comic actress and writer, Sally Phillips with special performance from Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy)

St Giles School in Derby is dedicated to supporting children with complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The school has won the SEN School of the Year Award for it’s work supporting pupils communication and independence skills at the UK-wide 2019 Shine a Light Awards, organised by learning company Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust. 

Playscheme goes from strength to strength with sales team expansion

Playscheme Managing Director Nick

Playscheme, the creator of bespoke play areas, is delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Chandler as Special Projects Manager.

Nick brings with him years of experience in developing play solutions in the commercial sector. As Playscheme’s work creating themed playgrounds for commercial attractions such as shopping centres and holiday parks continues to expand, Nick’s role will promote the Company’s unique capabilities to this huge, demanding market.

Does the UK Have an Adequate Support in Place for Children with Special Educational Needs?

Child with special educational needs being supported by a teacher

It’s essential that young people receive a strong foundation in education to prepare them for their future. Our self-progression and self-development are dependent upon our ability to absorb and process knowledge on range of different topics, experiences and events. Through our learning experience at school, we gain a better understanding of the world and our place within it.

Making learning accessible for everyone is hugely important, including for those with special educational needs (SEN). It’s fair to say that this segment of our population faces a greater set of challenges with learning and teaching methods often require a specialist approach. 

The Great Big Workplace Adjustments Survey Opens

Workplace Adjustments

Tell us your views on adjustments

A leading not-for-profit business and disability organisation is asking employees and managers to share their experiences of requesting and arranging workplace adjustments via an anonymous online survey being launched.

Business Disability Forum wants to use ‘The Great Big Adjustments Survey’ to create a clear and up-to-date picture of what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to making and managing adjustments. The membership organisation will use the findings to develop what it hopes will be one of the most informed pieces of research on the topic, ever created.

Angela Matthews, Head of Policy and Advice, Business Disability Forum, said:

Local School Nature Grants Launched For 2019

Local School Nature Grants Launched For 2019

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training as part of the third instalment of Local School Nature Grants.

Delivered by the UK’s leading outdoor learning and play charity, Learning through Landscapes, Local School Nature Grants have been helping schools across Great Britain since 2017. Funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the grants have so far provided £900,000 worth of equipment to 800 schools. This year it will reach a further 500 schools.

Disability film competition sets young film makers on road to success

film makers

Budding young film makers are invited to show off their skills and win the opportunity of a work placement with a film production company, thanks to a competition launched by Business Disability Forum.

The not-for-profit membership organisation exists to transform the life chances of disabled people. It has launched its 10 day film challenge as part of its annual film festival taking place on 18th June 2019 in London and hosted by KPMG. The competition which is now in its third year showcases new talent through the screening of films which challenge assumptions and show different and thought-provoking perspectives on disability.

The Children’s Trust School

The Children’s Trust School

The Children’s Trust School is a non-maintained special school dedicated to the education, health, therapy and care of children and young people aged 2-19.

Located in Tadworth, Surrey, just south of London and within the M25 (J8), we are able to support children and young people with a wide range of special needs including neurodisability and complex education, health, therapy and care requirements through day and residential placements.

Excalibur Thanks Customers For IT Equipment Donations to IT Schools Africa Charity

Excalibur Thanks Customers For IT Equipment Donations to IT Schools Africa Charity

Excalibur Communications and its customers have generously donated a wide selection of ‘pre-loved’ IT equipment to Cheltenham based charity IT Schools Africa.  ITSA has a mission to provide quality education to African students through access to e-learning and invites businesses and schools to donate working IT equipment to the charity.  It also runs a Community Programme here in the South West helping local charities and community organisations bridge the digital divide.

Excalibur customers including Ecosulis, 3GHR, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Retrac Composites have kindly donated a wide selection of working equipment to the charity.  To date; one server, 20 PCs, 13 laptops and 11 flat screens have been given.