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Minimum time for outdoor play at school is key to improving children’s mental health

Children participating in outdoor play at school

A coalition of organisations led by Learning through Landscapes is calling on headteachers to make 60 minutes of playtime the absolute minimum for every child on every school day. The charity, which leads the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) Outdoor Classroom Day campaign, says that a sufficient amount of time to play outdoors as part of the school day is the single most important thing that schools can do to tackle the growing crisis of mental health issues in children and young people. 

Captain Fantastic launches Feeling Fantastic

Captain Fantastic - Feeling Fantastic Wellness Class

Captain Fantastic is excited to announce the launch of Feeling Fantastic – the highly anticipated Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Resilience classes designed specifically for KS1 and KS2 children, to help them understand their feelings and develop life skills to manage their emotions.

Each year, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK suffers from a mental health problem and 75% of all mental illnesses start before the age of 18*. Captain Fantastic believe that creating well-balanced and healthy children who can learn to manage their emotions is equally as important to getting good grades, if not more. Their aim is to help every child to live a happy and well-balanced life.

The search for STEM in the real world

Children in a lab learning STEM subjects

Getting students interested in and excited about STEM subjects is imperative in today’s modern climate. The demand for a highly-skilled workforce is ever-increasing, but the reality is that too few graduates are entering into science, maths and engineering careers. In fact, research from 2018 showed that the skills shortage is costing the sector an estimated £1.5 billion a year. So, what can be done to bridge the gap? 

To truly inspire a young generation, we need to look beyond the textbooks and use real life examples to demonstrate their capabilities and prove that they can make a difference. After all, STEM is everywhere - you just have to look close enough. 

Tokens Help Enforce School Rewards Systems For Children With Additional Needs

behavioural support network Tockens for logo

TokensFor a leading plastic token manufacturer for schools, provides a behavioural support network and reward system, for children in schools who are on the autistic spectrum.

House point systems have long been employed in schools, proving to be an effective way of encouraging and motivating pupils. Intangible rewards, in the form of verbal or written praise, are commonly used, with most children understanding that a point from the teacher is equivalent to a merit.

LGfL and Adobe join forces to boost creativity in schools across the UK and London

LGfL and Adobe helping children with creativity at schools

Edtech charity London Grid for Learning and Adobe to equip thousands of schools across the UK – including over 500 secondary and 1600 primary schools in all 33 London boroughs - with free digital and creative software to help children develop skills for their future careers

EdTech charity LGfL (London Grid for Learning) and creative software company Adobe have joined forces to provide access to software that will help to equip the next generation of school children with skills to thrive in the future workplace.  

Autism Awareness Raised by wearing Silly Socks

Avant homes wearing Silly socks for Autism East Midlands

On Friday 5th April organisations around the East Midlands donned their silly socks in order to raise awareness of autism and fundraise for regional autism charity Autism East Midlands. Over 50 businesses from across the East Midlands took part. These included Rolls Royce, The Nottingham Panthers and Avant Homes. In addition 39 School, colleges and universities joined in with the fun.

The autism spectrum is wide-ranging, no two autistic individuals are alike as autism affects everybody differently. It can occur alongside other conditions such as anxiety, depression and learning disability.

Introducing Visual Stress Help by Claremon…

Introducing Visual Stress Help by Claremon…

We specialise in working with schools by providing tinted exercise books for children who struggle with writing and reading. We now also have a new line of 80-page, tinted books offering the best quality and value for our customers.

Approximately 20% of the population suffer from varying degrees of visual distortion.Colour has been proven to help in the perception of text. Our books help students who suffer visual stress alone or alongside dyslexia and other conditions.They allow your students to write on and read their own work on a tinted background with improved concentration and confidence by reducing the glare of the bright white paper. 

Does the UK Have an Adequate Support in Place for Children with Special Educational Needs?

Child with special educational needs being supported by a teacher

It’s essential that young people receive a strong foundation in education to prepare them for their future. Our self-progression and self-development are dependent upon our ability to absorb and process knowledge on range of different topics, experiences and events. Through our learning experience at school, we gain a better understanding of the world and our place within it.

Making learning accessible for everyone is hugely important, including for those with special educational needs (SEN). It’s fair to say that this segment of our population faces a greater set of challenges with learning and teaching methods often require a specialist approach. 

The Children’s Trust School

The Children’s Trust School

The Children’s Trust School is a non-maintained special school dedicated to the education, health, therapy and care of children and young people aged 2-19.

Located in Tadworth, Surrey, just south of London and within the M25 (J8), we are able to support children and young people with a wide range of special needs including neurodisability and complex education, health, therapy and care requirements through day and residential placements.