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Jump Support at Jump 360, the North East’s premier trampoline park

Jump 360

Everyone is welcome to bounce at Jump 360! Jump Support is our session dedicated for individuals with additional needs or disabilities. 

 

Children and grown-ups can also enjoy giant foam pits, dodgeball courts and basketball slam-dunk lanes as well as trying their hand at a brand-new over hang rock climbing activity, which can’t be found anywhere else in the North East. Other exciting features include foam pit slides, rope ladders, log rolls and Aero Ball (think volleyball on the trampoline) as well as a designated area where Under 5s can bounce safely. This special area for mini-bouncers includes a toddler area and soft-play frame.

 

Playground equipment: why wood is superior to metal

Playground equipment

When it comes to design, the two main priorities of a playground are its focus on safety and sustainability. For children using them, they aren’t as concerned about the design of the playground, but more concerned about how fun and interactive the play area is. So, when designing a play area, it is important to consider safety, sustainability and fun. When combining these things – wooden equipment is superior to all others. 

Developing a playground

Sisterly love triumphs over anxiety

Donjeta (right) with her sister Fitore and her young niece

A young woman with learning difficulties is enjoying a happier lifestyle thanks to support from her sister and a specialist behaviour psychologist who teamed up to help her be better understood.

 

Donjeta Kaliquani, who is non-verbal, was displaying behaviour that challenges at the care service where she lives in Mitcham, Surrey, so her sister Fitore Kaliquani and behavioural expert Francesca Gerald worked closely with her and the support team at Rosebank Lodge to turn things around.

 

After about six months of dedicated efforts, Donjeta (27) is now calmer and settling down well in her new home, which is run by care provider Regard.

 

Sensory Guru gives existing customers £3000 worth of free software updates to celebrate launch of App Store

customer feedback

Sensory Guru has offered free software upgrades worth over £3000, to their entire Magic Carpet customer base, in order to show their appreciation for their clients support and enable them to have access to the latest Magic Carpet software. 

Since September 2016, Sensory Guru product specialists have visited customers to provide training and access to the new software, which will enable them to enjoy the latest Magic Carpet features and App Store – which will be launched at the beginning of May.

More than 1000 SEND school places created as plans for 131 new schools are approved

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Almost two thousand school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities will be created as plans for a wave of new schools are approved. 

Plans for 131 new schools have been approved by the Department for Education today, creating more than 69,000 school places up and down the country. 

The majority of these schools will become free schools, which can be run by parents, community or faith groups, but plans also provide for SEND students. 

Twenty local authority areas have been approved to create a new special school through the free school process, creating a total of 1,700 school places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. 

National disability charity welcomes £55m childcare funding boost

Ruby Rogers and her Intervenor support worker

Sense has responded to today’s Government announcement of an additional £55m of funding towards the implementation of the 30 hours free childcare policy due to start in September. The funding, which is double the amount previously set aside by the Government, has been made available to enable nurseries, pre-schools and playgroups to invest in the new buildings and upgrade facilities needed to accommodate the new initiative. 

 

Bikers get into the easter spirit for together trust

bikers on the road

Hundreds of bikers hit the road on Sunday (9 April) to deliver Easter eggs to children and young people at the leading North West charity, the Together Trust.

Roughley’s Bikers visited the charity for their annual Easter egg drop to deliver treats to young people with behavioural problems, learning difficulties, physical disabilities and autism who are supported by the charity.

The convoy of motorbikes, trikes and scooters dressed as Easter bunnies, chickens and popular cartoon characters rode across Stockport to greet young people, staff and volunteers to drop off a generous collection of chocolate eggs.

Improving quality at Wyre Forest School

Wyre Forest School

Wyre Forest School in Kidderminster, is a special school with 250 students from early years to sixth form, and 183 members of staff. The school prides itself on working tirelessly to meet the needs of all the children so they develop and progress academically, socially, emotionally and physically. As part of this, assuring the quality teaching is essential, but with so many staff members, how are they ensuring that everyone is working towards their goals, both individually and as a school?

Here, headteacher Rebecca Garratt discusses the school’s journey towards improvement, ensuring that their pupils have the best possible education.

Planet Bounce Nottingham appoint Autism East Midlands as their chosen charity of the year 2017

Autism Awareness

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month 2017 Planet Bounce (Nottingham) have appointed Autism East Midlands as their charity of the year 2017. The popular trampoline park found in The Glasshouse, on Huntingdon Street in Nottingham city centre have set a fundraising target of £1000.00 to reach through a mix of varied fundraising and bucket collection based activities.

Back in the room

distance learning

How connectivity and collaboration are transforming distance learning

Colin Rosam, Internal Sales Manager, Healthcare, Higher Education and Further Education at IT supplier, Misco (www.misco.co.uk) writes:

The market for distance learning

Distance learning accounts for a significant proportion of the higher education sector’s revenue. Rising fees for full time on-campus degrees, changes to visa regulations and increasing adoption of online and collaborative technologies have resulted in many students opting to study remotely.  Distance learning also provides many students who are living with disabilities with a more accessible route to further education qualifications.