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Fir Tree Fishery CIC – providing education amongst the reeds

Fir Tree Fishery

Nestling in the heart of Wigan’s greenbelt, just a stone’s throw from suburban streets and the local doctor’s surgery, lies a little oasis of calm. Fir Tree Fishery CIC provides an accessible facility in which the elderly, particularly stroke survivors, can come to fish with assistance from young learners who have faced difficulty in gaining qualifications or employment. 

Education for Everybody Victoria Galligan met up with Martin Taylor, who is the Managing Director, to find out how it has evolved since its inception eight years ago…

How did you get the idea to create this accessible facility?

How Orchard Hill College saves on IT costs

Parallels RAS

At Orchard Hill College in London, we provide a range of specialist programmes for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. To help them do their job most effectively, our team of lecturers and staff—around 300—need to be able to remotely connect to their work desktops, and all their applications, from anywhere in the college or at home, and on any device they choose.

How Adaptive Learning Technology Supports Languages

Supporting Interleaved Practice

A classroom is the worst environment in which to learn a language enter Adaptive Learning. With 30 or so students in a class, verbal exercises turn a room into a cacophony of excitement and confusion. With feedback only from peers, learning is slow and hard to measure.

Psycholinguistic findings suggest that learning ‘in the wild’ engages implicit memory systems which help to deeply embed a language. The more aural and visual opportunities there are to experience a language, the better a student’s learning and understanding. Practise and language immersion are essential.

Brightening Lives, Building Futures - Birtenshaw College

Birtenshaw College

Birtenshaw College is located in Bolton and provides specialist further education for learners aged 16 to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disability including physical disability, complex health needs, learning disability and autism.   

The College was established in 2014 in collaboration with Bolton College and Bolton Council.  The joint project was in response to the lack of local further education opportunities for disabled learners leaving school who could not access mainstream college courses because of the high level of support they needed.  It has been an Independent Special Post 16 Provider since September 2016.

Smarthouse showcasing personalised technology solutions launches at Liverpool school

Hft

An innovative house showcasing a range of assistive technology to support independent living has been launched at a school in Liverpool. The project is the result of a unique partnership between St Vincent’s School, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Hft, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities across the UK to live the best life possible.

The smarthouse is a self-contained flat which showcases a variety of personalised assistive technology and how it can be used to support people with visual impairments and other disabilities to live more independently. 

The Lenham School gets tech-savvy classrooms

Lenham School

In a world where children have almost constant access to devices such as tablets and smartphones at home – often from a very early age – schools are facing the challenge of being able to effectively engage pupils throughout the day. Many are now incorporating modern technology into their daily lessons and The Lenham School in Kent – part of the Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) – is no exception. With 453 students ranging from 11-18 years old, the school is using Epson projectors in combination with Apple devices to ‘wow’ its pupils and unleash the creativity of its teachers.

Fresh school of thought

Liverpool Progressive School

Liverpool Progressive School

Liverpool Progressive School offers high quality person centred education and, where required, residential provision for children and young people from the age of 8 – 19 years. We are co-educational and are the preferred provider for many leading authorities.

We promote our children’s learning via a wide range of experiences and activities including personal, social and health education and the development of leisure, independence and mobility skills.

Liverpool Progressive School is situated in an attractive location in the Liverpool suburb of Walton.

The power of colour in early development

The power of colour in early development

Young children are excited by bright colour — it grabs their attention and ignites curiosity. A baby is born with monochrome vision and is unable to distinguish the difference between colours, it is not until around 8 months when their colour vision is fully developed. By 3-4 years, a child can begin to recognise and name basic colours as frequent exposure can help strengthen this skill.

As well as being visually appealing to a child, what other benefits does colour have in early development? Infinite Playgrounds, educational play area designers, has provided us with more of an insight.

The advantages of colour

It depends on how old a child is as to what benefits they can gain from colour exposure.

CReSTeD - Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils

CReSTeD - Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils

CReSTeD is a charity set up in 1989 to maintain a Register of Schools accredited for their provision for children with Specific Learning Difficulties. These schools cover all levels of provision for SpLD pupils and include both state and independent establishments.

Our purpose is to help parents and those who advise them choose an educational establishment, which will be critical to their child’s educational future.  Our Register is a valuable resource for parents, educational advisers and schools.

CReSTeD works with support from British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, Dyslexia-SpLD Trust and the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and is the key reference point and a symbol of quality when seeking a school with SpLD provision.