A Teacher's #TeamCalvert Story

A Teacher's #TeamCalvert Story

CLOtC accredited centre Calvert Trust Exmoor have just released the third film in their #TeamCalvert series, all about  accessible school residential experiences for pupils with disabilities. The film features staff and students from Mill Water School in Devon taking part in adventurous activities like horse riding, canoeing, cycling and bushcraft, during a school residential break at the Exmoor centre. 


In this short film teacher Sarah Clarke tells us about what it's like to visit the centre with her students. “I think the nice thing about Calvert is that each pupil can access something that challenges them, individual to them...”


‘Good’ charity benefits from online QA tool in face of OFSTED

 QA tool

A CHARITY for young people with learning disabilities has invested in new quality assurance technology to meet critical development planning and Ofsted requirements.


The Highgate-based Harington Scheme delivers individual learning programmes, including gardening courses, which are designed to help young people into employment, further education or lead a richer life.


The charity’s management team, under the supervision of scheme manager Joanna Baxter, adopted new Mesma self-assessment and improvement planning software to assist in the administration, implementation and tracking of its development plan as part of the training provider’s wider commitment to improving quality assurance.


Charities publish complimentary schools guides for adoptive parents and school staff

schools guides

Adoption UK and PAC-UK have published two complementary education guides, for adoptive parents and school staff, to help ensure adopted children get the best possible educational start in life.

The guides explain why these vulnerable children may need additional support in school, what educational entitlements they can attract and what support is available for them.

Adoption UK’s guide Meeting the needs of adopted and permanently placed children - A guide for adoptive parents includes information about Virtual School Heads (VSHs), Designated Teachers (DTs), Priority School Admission and Pupil Premium Plus (PP+).

Thumbs up for Chantelle’s birthday biker visit

biker visit

Generations of people have had ‘bikes’ on their birthday wish lists, but not many end up celebrating their special day with a whole convoy of them,  complete with leather-clad riders.


But that’s what happened to Chantelle, when members of a Torbay bikers club turned up to make her 22nd birthday extra special.


Chantelle, who has learning difficulties, lives at Harbour in Cleveland Road, Torquay, a home which provides services for younger adults with profound or multiple learning disabilities and communication difficulties.


Adoption UK launches an updated guide to the Adoption Support Fund

Adoption UK

Adoption UK is proud to announce that their updated online Adoption Support Fund (ASF) guide has now been published, to mark National Adoption Week 2017.

The Adoption Support Fund - how it's working for families, provides anyone new to adoption with everything they need to know about the ASF. It provides background to the ASF, who is eligible, the level of funding available, and the fund’s vision for the future.

The guide walks the reader through the application process with a step-by-step diagram on how to access the fund. It also includes the latest statistics around the ASF, including the fact that more than £50 million has been spent supporting 17,000 families since the fund was launched in May 2015.

Stockport band Blossoms visit students at local specialist school

Stockport band Blossoms took time out of their busy schedule to visit students at Ashcroft School in Cheadle on Friday 29 September.

Ashcroft School is run by the Together Trust and provides specialist education and support to children and young people aged eight to 18 years with needs including social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and autism spectrum conditions.  

Lead singer Tom Ogden was joined by his bandmates to perform a stripped down version of their single ‘Charlemagne’, before answering questions and leading a music workshop for a small group of students. 

During the question and answer session students were provided with insight into how the band was formed and the writing process behind their hits.

Raising awareness and funds for world mental health day

Young minds

A leading care provider is co-ordinating a series of fundraising activities across the UK, including organisation-wide support for the charity YoungMinds’ #HelloYellow campaign with everyone dressing in yellow for World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October.

The Regard Group, which is the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services in the UK for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury, has raised over £4,000 since June in aid of YoungMinds in their campaign to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young adults.

Bridge College Receives National Lottery Funding From Sport England To Help Get Students Active

Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.


Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity


Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.


Specialist Equipment Helping Accessibility Mark Riders

Horse Riding

Horse riding has many benefits for disabled people and for those with conditions that effect communication, physical strength and balance. 

Part of the foundations for the success of Accessibility Mark is down to the horses and ponies that are required to quickly adapt between riding lessons for clients in a commercial riding school and the disabled riders during an Accessibility Mark session.

Due to certain conditions riders can at times struggle to grip the reins properly or use the reins to balance, this is where centres can take advantage of specialist or modified equipment to ensure the safety of both horse and rider.