The Benefit of Balance Bikes

Strider Balance Bike

Too often people with cognitive, restricted growth or developmental disabilities have been unable to ride a bike or have been told by doctors and other health care providers that they will never be able to ride a bike. With the proper bike and a proven method to learn, Strider®is changing this.

For the last 10 years parents and teachers of children with special needs all over the world have been approaching us so we know how life changing our bikes have been for their children. 

Balance Bikes are providing a means for inclusive social interaction and play. Suddenly, a child that had previously been sitting inside, while the other children rode their bikes is now riding right alongside their peers, grinning ear to ear. 

Story-telling helps boys close ‘literacy gap’ with girls

Story-telling at school with teacher and students

A story-telling approach can help boys aged two to five-years-old catch up with the literacy levels of girls in the same class, research by Goldsmiths, University of London has found.

Tales Toolkit is a storytelling programme, currently used for children up to age seven in more than 120 schools across the UK and eight countries worldwide, that encourages imagination and creativity. It provides schools with child-led resources based around symbols to represent story structure of character, setting, problem and solution.

Despite the difficulties, fostering a disabled child is the most rewarding thing we’ve ever done

Joanne and Stephen on fostering a disabled child

For Joanne and Stephen Phillips, 2012 was a major turning point in their life – it was the year they applied to become foster carers. For Joanne, this opportunity was exactly what she’d been yearning for. Having previously worked in the care industry, her role at the time valeting motor homes, did not offer the level of job satisfaction that she desperately craved. 

After seeing an advert in their local newspaper, the Doncaster-based couple took some time to deliberate the practicalities of fostering. They decided that it was a win-win opportunity, allowing Joanne to return to a career in care while offered a loving, stable home for a child in need. From here, they contacted Fostering People, and were delighted when their application was successful.

Moti-Lab water play benefits SEND children of all abilities

Moti-Lab in action with a child

Education For Everybody editor Victoria Galligan speaks to Moti-Lab founder Richard O’Neill about his invention and how the resource is ideally suited to children with additional needs.

If you’ve ever seen children playing outside with water, you’ll know how hard it is to tear them away from their work – they’re fully engaged, enjoying the sensory experience and learning how the water flows, exploring how it affects objects and how they can change its effects and generally having a blast splashing and pouring.

Tales Toolkit story-telling helps boys close ‘literacy gap’ with girls

Tales Toolkit in action in Nursery class at Cale Green Primary School

A story-telling approach can help boys aged two to five-years-old catch up with the literacy levels of girls in the same class, research by Goldsmiths, University of London has found.

Tales Toolkit is a storytelling programme, currently used for children up to age seven in more than 120 schools across the UK and eight countries worldwide, that encourages imagination and creativity. It provides schools with child-led resources based around symbols to represent story structure of character, setting, problem and solution.

Education that’s truly special

Education that’s truly special - Ringwood Logo

When you visit the stunning, eco-friendly, 40 acre campus on the Dorset/Hampshire border it becomes apparent why this college is a first choice for parents and young adults with special educational needs.

Individual buildings linked by natural pathways through green open spaces and woodland give a sense of calm and wellbeing. Exclusive onsite facilities include a gym hall, heated indoor swimming pool, kitchen garden and purpose-built therapy building offering onsite specialist input from occupational, physiotherapy as well as complementary therapies such as massage, music and art.

Strider ® - Get your school riding on two wheels!

Strider - Get your school riding on two wheels!

As the largest specialist manufacturer of balance bikes globally, Strider ® work with instructors and organisations across the world, to teach people to ride. We even run a series of events and racing for all abilities in over 50 countries.

So we know a thing about working with people riding our bikes.

A balance bike for every age. Correct fit is important:

The range of Strider 12”, 16” and 20” Sport Balance Bikes covers the toddlers though to adults. Lightweight bikes with handlebars and seat heights that adjust quickly using a simple lever.

New for 2018! – Put the pedals on.

Wise Owl Aprons

Two boys using Wise Owl Aprons

What began as a hobby 6 years ago, has become an essential part of school-ware for children and teachers around the UK.  The business was started by husband and wife Andrew and Jenny Branscombe.  Their goal was to help the educational sector by supplying school aprons that are more durable and longer lasting, while offering great value for money. Wise Owl Aprons is becoming a national brand with many of their orders coming online through their secure website, where account facilities are available for school and colleges. 

Fostering good education

Children in fostering

Statistically, children in care struggle to perform well in education, however more and more foster children from Hackney are going onto college and University. Over the last three years Hackney’s looked after children scored among of the highest GCSE grades across the country against their peers. This standard of good results continues, due to the work foster carers and our Virtual School do to support, encourage and nurture children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible.