Shropshire-based Hillcrest Shifnal School extends specialist provision to Key Stage 1 pupils in response to demand for early intervention

Hillcrest student

Hillcrest Shifnal School, an independent specialist setting in Shropshire for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, is thrilled to have been granted permission from the Department for Education to extend its provision to support Key Stage 1 (KS1) students from the age of five - previously it catered for students aged 7-19. The new extension reflects a growing demand for early intervention, which has been shown to help students with SEMH needs to realise their potential and significantly increase their chances of re-accessing mainstream education. 

International STEM Youth Innovation Competition now open

STEM Competition Drone

Born Free and BIEA have announced details of this year’s exciting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) youth competition to design a drone to help protect wild and endangered species.

Created by BIEA, the STEM Youth Innovation Competition is open to students under the age of 18. Due to the tremendous response of entries received from across the UK in 2018, this year the competition is inviting submissions from across the world.  

In the first instance school teams must research, design and write a report about a drone that could be used to help conserve vulnerable animals. Entries must be submitted by 31st March. Entrants will also be working towards a silver CREST award with their submission.

How can learners with disabilities benefit from recent AI advances?

Children with disabilities at school

Diagnosing a learning disability can prove to be a challenging job: every learning disability is different and so is every learner. In the UK, over 1 million people live with a learning disability. Of this growing number, 2 out of 5 are not appropriately diagnosed in childhood.

The traditional teaching model relies on a classroom of students being uniformly delivered the same message. The presence of a student with a learning disability poses a challenge to this model, as they may struggle with focus, the material, the speed, or several other aspects. As a result, these individuals often feel left behind.

UK's Largest Childcare Charity Calls for ALL Nursery Children to Receive Minimum Two Hours Outdoor Learning Per Day

Nursery Children Outdoor Learning

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), the UK's largest childcare charity and social enterprise, is spearheading a new initiative across its 37 nurseries to get children learning in outdoor garden spaces to reinforce the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development whilst helping boost vitamin D levels.

At a time when there is so much focus on academic attainment and staying indoors, LEYF is now calling for outdoor learning to be a crucial component of every child’s nursery education – with a minimum of two hours learning outside per day (regardless of the weather).

Prepare to be amazed with the Science of Magic this February Half Term at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Prepare to be amazed with the Science of Magic this February Half Term at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Families will be held spellbound at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium this February half term as the team explores the Science of Magic, from Friday 15 – Monday 25 February.

Yorkshire education technology start-up a winner at social enterprise awards

Yorkshire education technology start-up a winner at social enterprise awards

An education technology company using software to create stage-appropriate lesson plans to help improve levels of physical literacy among primary school children has been named winner of the 'Tech for Good' category at the 2019 Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber (SEYH) Awards.

Sporting Age, based at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, was named winner at the 2019 Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber (SEYH) Awards.

The Tech for Good award recognises technological innovation which creates social impact, and how the creative use of software has benefited the community in which it is used.

Schools invited to take on UK’s biggest cycling, walking and scooting challenge, the Big Pedal 2019.

 Two girls walking to school, this year’s competition will see schools across the UK close their streets to cars in a bid to reduce air pollution and congestion

Schools are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2019 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge for schools.

This year’s competition is backed by Angellica Bell, British television, radio presenter and cycling advocate, who took on the ‘Tour de Celeb’ in 2016 where she found her love for cycling.

Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, the competition will run from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April and will encourage young people from across the UK to travel by bike, foot or scooter for their journey to and from school.

Win a collection of educational books from Bloomsbury books worth £25

Bloomsbury Books

Bloomsbury Books is a leading independent publishing house established in 1986. It has companies in London, New York, Sydney and New Delhi. Its four divisions include Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, Bloomsbury Content Services, Bloomsbury Adult Publishing and Bloomsbury Children's Publishing. 

In this give away you have the chance of winning a collection of 4 books they are;

Breaking the Rules - £7.10

Mo hates her new school and her new town. She has no friends and her home life is awful. But she's made a friend online and he cares. So when he wants to meet up, she agrees. Nothing bad can come from meeting up with a friend, right?

How Animal Assisted Therapy in schools can improve children’s mental health

Little girl with white rabbit for animal assisted therapy

Animal Therapy in schools has made observable differences to children’s mental health, behaviour and wellbeing in the past. With more than 1/6th of young people identified as having Special Education Needs (SEN) and one in eight children assessed in 2017 being identified with at least one mental disorder, Animal Therapy could make a huge improvement to a child’s life.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is delivered by a human professional, such as a teacher or therapist as a goal-directed intervention. Animal therapist Sarah Gordon believes that, in animal therapy, the comforting nature of animals is deployed so that a person is able to guide sessions towards objectives. AAT accreditation is also required to ensure the sessions are undertaken properly.