Disability Further Education College ‘Nash College’ in Bromley achieves ‘Good’ in Ofsted Inspection


Nash College – a Further Education college for young adults (19-25) with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Hayes, Bromley - has just been recognised for providing a good standard of education, being rated as ‘Good’ in all categories in an Ofsted report that was published in relation to the inspection on July 5-7th July 2016. The college is one of the services run by the national charity – Livability

Many parents lack the confidence to get their kids to exercise


If Canadian parents are going to get their kids to exercise more, they need more than just public awareness campaigns.

Parents exposed to one such national campaign were actually less confident they could increase their children's activity levels, according to a recent UBC study.

"With statistics outside this study showing 88 per cent of parents believe their children exercise enough and only seven per cent of kids meet recommended guidelines, it is clear more needs to be done," says Heather Gainforth, an assistant professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus. "While mass media campaigns appear to increase awareness, parents need the support of public policies and programs to help them successfully encourage behaviour change.

BBC 4 radio 4 appeal for Calvert Trust


On Sunday 18th September 2016 at 7.55am, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast an appeal on behalf of the three Calvert Trust Centres in Exmoor, Northumberland and The Lake District. The appeal is being made by Frank Gardner, and features the story of Calvert Trust guest Scott, and his mum Claire.

As well as being BBC Security Correspondent and a bestselling author, Frank Gardner is also a former guest at Calvert Trust Exmoor, having stayed at the centre in 2007 as part of his recovery programme.  Frank became a wheelchair user in 2004, after being shot 6 times at close range whilst reporting in Saudi Arabia.

Royal Highland Centre to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland


Edinburgh’s Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre is to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families and the professionals who work with them in Scotland.

Approximately 120,000 children and adults in Scotland are living with a learning disability[1], and over one million are living with a sensory impairment.[2]

Over 80 exhibitors will assemble at Highland Hall on Thursday 15th September to offer advice, support and information on mobility, communication, equipment and technology, education, toys and learning aids, transport, beds and seating, service, funding, sports and leisure and much more. 

Together Trust shortlisted for children and young people award


North West charity, the Together Trust, has been shortlisted for a Children & Young People Now Award in The Family Support category.

The awards which have become a gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families, showcase best practice from across the country.

Together Trust help over 2,325 people in the North West each year with specialist education, fostering, residential and community support.

This nomination recognises the work of the Together Trust’s ASC Sleep Clinic, which supports families with children and young people with autism to develop healthy sleep routines through tailored sleep programmes and specialist support and advice.

Notts County Football Club sign the Autism Alliance Charter

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Notts County Football Club have opened three sensory rooms at Meadow Lane, becoming the first EFLclub to provide specialist facilities for those who experience anxiety in stadium environments. In a ceremony which also saw the club sign the Autism Alliance charter, the rooms were officially opened ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match against Grimsby Town by Notts head grounds man Trevor Hutchinson and his daughter Tyler, who has complex learning difficulties including Autism.

Disabled children almost twice as likely to be target of crime

Disabled children are almost twice as likely to be victims of crime as non-disabled children, according to a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  The Commission’s research found that 22% of disabled young people in England and Wales aged 10-15 had been the victim of crime in the previous 12 months, compared to 12% of non-disabled young people of the same age. 

Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair David Isaac has called the findings “a wake-up call”, which brings into question our assumptions on the legacy of the London Paralympic Games.   

Stockport community service celebrates 30th birthday


A Stockport-based community service has celebrated its 30th anniversary at a birthday party with friends, past and present.

Newbridge, which is run by North West charity the Together Trust, is a community day service for people with learning difficulties offering a diverse range of exciting and varied activities for people aged 18 to 30.

The sun shone on the birthday celebrations which saw staff and people who have accessed the service come together to mark the special occasion with a party filled with singing, dancing and reminiscing over the past three decades.

Deafblind people from around Europe to participate in Exmoor activity week


·      Over 60 people to take part in a week of outdoor activity at the Calvert Trust outdoor adventure centre in Exmoor, Devon
·      Initiative developed in partnership with Sense, the National deafblind charity, and the Deafblind International Outdoor Network


Deafblind people from the UK and around Europe will be gathering to enjoy a week of sporting activity in Devon from the 12th to the 16th of September.
The initiative by the Deafblind International Outdoor Network and Sense, the national deafblind charity, will bring together over 60 deafblind people and support staff, from the UK and around Europe, to participate in a week of outdoor activity at the award-winning Calvert Trust adventure centre in Exmoor.  

Colours in the Classroom: What Works Best for Children with Special Educational Needs?

Well-designed classrooms use colour. Colour creates interest, provides contrast and stimulates a child’s senses. It also highlights key teaching points, classifies information, and provides an engaging environment for children to learn in.  

However, using colour in the classroom isn’t a simple case of putting some paint on the walls. And nor is it just about making eye-catching displays! Instead, the colours we use and the way we use them have a huge impact on children with special education needs

Helping SEN students to gain valuable work experience


Young people all over the country will have completed some work experience this summer and for many it will be their first contact with an employer and an invaluable opportunity to discover more about what a particular career is really like, to learn new skills, build contacts and see how it feels to work 9-5.

I’m a huge believer in the benefits work placements provide, not least in demonstrating the ‘soft’ skills necessary to make someone ‘employable’ - such as communication and team-working.  

Guest blog: ‘Start With Heart’ – how to inspire purposeful decision making in others

Guest blog: ‘Start With Heart’

By Faye Kilgour

‘Start With Heart’ is a passionate concept with a simple, direct purpose. Let’s walk you through what it means to us at Graydin and then share how transformative we have seen it to be in education and beyond.

So, what does Start With Heart mean?

When we want to make a choice –whether as a result of feeling stuck in a rut, frustrated or even joyful – we often jump straight to looking at our options. Science suggests, and from our experience we have learned, that it’s critical to first reflect and spend time in what we are calling Heart.

Blockbuster films and The Big Friendly Read – how books are making this summer autism friendly

Blockbuster films and The Big Friendly Read – how books are making this summer autism friendly

As some of our favourite literary characters hit the big screen, one charity is asking their autism friendly cinema guests to visit their local library and spread the autism friendly message.

Building on the success of their monthly autism friendly cinema screenings, learning disability and autism support provider, Dimensions, launched autism friendly libraries in partnership with the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. 

By providing training and resources, they hope to see libraries across the country making a few simple adjustments to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for their guests on the autistic spectrum.

 Guest blog: Ensuring excellence in staff induction

By Denise Inwood, former assistant head and managing director of BlueSky, creators of BlueSky Education  – online performance management, professional learning and self-evaluation solution for schools, shares how schools can ensure excellence in staff induction.

The most valuable asset of a school is its staff and ensuring successful introductions of new colleagues into the organisation is a critical process. Getting induction right ensures staff are confident in their practice, effective in their performance and impact on learners as rapidly and positively as possible.

The importance of effective induction

Guest blog; The secrets of schools over summer

By estates manager Tom Allardice, Loughborough Endowed Schools, in Leicestershire

As children enjoy the holidays and teachers take a well-earned break, it’s easy to think that schools stand still over the summer months. However, the reality is that the end of term means one thing: an opportunity for upkeep and improvements to the grounds and facilities. Staff at Loughborough Endowed Schools in Leicestershire are busier than ever making the most of a quieter campus ahead of the new term....