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Innovative teaching helps students overcome hurdles

PiXL Edge

PiXL Edge helps teachers and students to develop attitudes and skills that will help them in life and beyond.  We can easily take life-skills like booking train tickets or opening a bank account for granted. To most, they might seem simple, but if you haven’t been shown or been given the confidence, these everyday tasks can suddenly become a hurdle in life. 

Students at Ashcroft have significant barriers in life. Many have struggled to cope in education because of their mental health or life experiences and 46% of students are looked-after children. As part of their work to ensure their students develop essential life skills to help overcome these barriers, Ashcroft have signed up to the PiXL Edge programme.

Lifesaving app combating mental health and bullying in schools

Tootoot

Recently, a Year 6 pupil in a Manchester based Primary School used tootoot to get in touch with a member of staff to seek support as she had been having suicidal thoughts. At a time when at least half of suicides amongst young people relate to bullying, and half of the people bullied in the past year have never told anyone due to fear, embarrassment or lack of faith in existing support systems (Ditch the Label’s annual survey 2017), it is more important than ever that we address the problem of bullying and cyberbullying in our schools, colleges and universities.

Safeguarding in schools is fundamental to protecting students’ wellbeing and attainment. When bullying or mental health issues go unresolved, students are increasingly turning to self-harm. 

Plastic tokens promote good behaviour in children with additional needs

Plastic tokens promote good behaviour in children with additional needs

Token economy and other ‘concrete aids’ can have a measurable impact in the classroom for children with additional needs, according to experts. 

The use of non-tangible rewards, such as verbal or written praise, is typical in schools. How ever, children with additional needs can experience difficulties understanding that such praise equates to future rewards.

The exchange of tangible rewards – objects that pupils can see and physically hold –is known to help enforce that the praise is both real and contemporaneous with the displayed behaviour, forming a ‘contract’ between the teacher and pupil.  

Mental health, friendships and bullying amongst top pupil concerns, data from 650 schools finds

Tootoot

More than 11,500 reports were gathered from 650 schools over a two-year period from users of Tootoot’s award-winning anti-bullying and reporting app. Pupils were given the opportunity to use the app to anonymously report issues that were troubling or concerning them. Similarly, teachers used the platform to log pupil incidents and concerns they had observed.

Imaginary Friend Makes It Real For Author

Sunflower Dreams Academy

Christine Fox (53) from Middlesbrough, is the founder of The Sunflower Dreams Academy which helps children to believe in themselves, provides a safe environment in which to encourage the development of ideas, aspirations and hopes and helps them to successfully face any challenges head on.

Indeed Christine has already beaten two major challenges in her life. Firstly, she was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age 48 resulting in poor literacy and mathematical skills which gave her a distinct disadvantage compared to her peers. Secondly, in 2010 she was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after being involved in a major road traffic accident.

Book your school trip now to KidZania London’s 2018 STEM Fair!

KidZania

Launching on Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 June, KidZania - the indoor city run by kids - will be hosting an action-packed STEM Fair, promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills and careers through curriculum-based activities to bring the school syllabus to life.

Collaborating with STEM organisations and businesses including; the Aviation Skills Partnership, Usbourne Books and national charity Remap, KidZania will be enhancing the activities in the city to support the learning criteria of pupils in Key Stage 1–3.

Stepping together to raise £30k

BB Training Academy

National training provider BB Training Academy has today announced the launch of a partnership with charity Step Together, with the aim of raising £30,000.

The funds will be used to help Step Together continue and extend its work providing bespoke volunteering placements to young people that have found themselves excluded from society.

The charity works with disadvantaged adults across the UK to offer them support to boost their work-based skills while increasing their self-esteem and confidence.

BB Training Academy currently has 2,300 learners and staff who will be challenged to hold sponsored walks, runs, bike rides, sky dives and cake sales to raise as much money as possible.

Young Enterprise Scotland has been inspiring and equipping young people

Young Enterprise Scotland

Geoff Leask, chief executive at Young Enterprise Scotland, reckons that to prepare for the workplace in 2030, the education system should put just as much focus on developing core skills in creativity, problem solving, teamworking and communication within young people, as it should on honing skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  

Even if you’re at the forefront of the science and technology industry, and firmly have your finger on the pulse of plans for future development, there’s no way of predicting exactly how the world of work is going to change over the next 10 years.

With that in mind, it’s going to be even more difficult to pre-empt the skills young people will need to develop to help them be successful in life and work in 2030.

The Beanstalk Top 40

Beanstalk Top 40

 

Welcome to the The Beanstalk Top 40, Beanstalk is training reading helpers to transform the lives of children turning them into confident able readers.

Lower Key Stage One Titles:

Alborough, Jez - Some Dogs Do

Axtell, David - We’re Going on a Lion Hunt

Campbell, Rod - Dear Zoo

Collins, Ross - There’s a Bear on My Chair

Donaldson, Julia - Wriggle and Roar! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)

Gannon, Frann Preston - Dave’s Cave

Goodhart, Pippa - You Choose! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)

Murphy, Jill - Peace At Last

Parr, Todd - It’s Okay to be Different

Scheffler, Axel - Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle

 

Skills shortage in teaching damaging school performance

Multi-Academy Trust

More than three quarters (79%) of school and Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) leaders in England believe that the skills shortage in teaching will become more severe over the next three years, and 84% believe that a culture of ‘recruitment compromise’ is undermining overall performance within their schools.

Research from Affinity Workforce finds that the talent crisis within primary and secondary education teaching is getting significantly worse, to the extent that almost three quarters (70%) of school leaders find recruitment to be the hardest and most stressful part of their job.

How does a classroom design affect a child’s ability to learn?

Learning environments

Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of learning environments. Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or mediation courses for students. Thanks to a growing awareness of the profound impact classroom design can have on the educational achievements of students, opinions on classroom design are changing, as educators are making strides toward constructing optimal learning environments with the goal of meeting the educational needs of various groups of students.

We talked to experts from Wheelyboat Trust about the new fully-accessible powerboat

Wheelyboat Trust

Andy Beadsley, director of the Wheelyboat Trust, and Jennifer Cameron, the CEO of Action4Youth, talk to Education For Everybody magazine about the new fully-accessible powerboat launched recently at the Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes…

 

What challenges do SEND schools face when organising trips and how does Caldecotte Xperience address these issues? 

Palace House launches ideas bank for teachers

National Heritage Centre

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket has launched an online ideas bank of downloadable resources for teachers on its website.

The resources support learning in the three areas of English, Science and Learning From Objects. They have been created as the result of teacher training sessions ( led by Pippa Smith of “Handling The Past”  and Robert Cooper of c)  and of the Palace House Literacy Project, “Poetry Is A Horse,” which was run in partnership with All Saints’ CE Primary School and performance poet, Justin Coe.

College is first to be ‘outstanding’ for both its care and education

Care Quality Commission

A college which operates in England and Wales has become the first in the country, since the change in Ofsted inspections, to hold outstanding ratings for both its care and education from Care Quality Commission.

National Star College, a national centre of excellence which enables young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties prepare for adulthood, has earned the top ratings following Care Quality Commission and Ofsted inspections. It was marked outstanding in every category on both reports.

Both reports praised National Star for its outstanding level of care and education and its safe environment.

Mcavoy Uses Award-Winning Bim Technology For Complex Offsite School Building Project

McAvoy

Offsite construction specialist, The McAvoy Group, has handed over a new school building at West Hill School in Leatherhead, bringing the number of education projects now completed by McAvoy for Surrey County Council to more than 40.

The project at West Hill an Ofsted outstanding special school featured extensive use of BIM to help address the complexities of the site. It was manufactured offsite to reduce disruption and was ready for occupation on time and after less than eight months on site. The scheme links the traditionally-constructed main building and an existing modular classroom block on a highly constrained, fully operational school site.

3 Types of Occupational Autism Therapy For Those With ASD

Autism therapy

Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is challenging and often difficult to manage for both the individual as well as the carers of those with the condition. However, early introduction to an array of different autism therapy options, such as music, art or animal activities, can have a huge impact on the individual as well the surrounding family and friends.

Autism therapy can, and is being used to help autistic individuals understand and explore challenging symptoms of their own condition, such as meltdowns, mental health struggles, difficulties surrounding communication and the application of life skills. Autism therapy has the capability to open up new avenues and adventures that those with autism may not have had the opportunity to explore previously.

College Receives Beacon Award For Students With Learning Difficulties And Disabilities

Weston College has received the Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities at an event at The Grove Restaurant at Weston College’s Knightstone Campus.

The award recognises the College’s specialist provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities, particularly Weston Bay – the College’s autism spectrum residential training centre. Judges found that the College actively develops and promotes exemplary teaching and learning which benefits its students and sets an example for other colleges across the country to follow.

This year the AoC received 120 submissions from 100 colleges from across the UK.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: