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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.