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Disadvantaged Children To Benefit From Free Early Language And Literacy Apps

Children Using Free Early Language And Literacy Apps

Disadvantaged families to receive free access to some of the best early learning apps for phones and tablets

Thousands of families in the north of England to take part in projects aimed at boosting young children’s language and literacy development at home 

Education Secretary sets out the next steps in his vision for improving home learning, so that every child gets the best start in life

How can learners with disabilities benefit from recent AI advances?

Children with disabilities at school

Diagnosing a learning disability can prove to be a challenging job: every learning disability is different and so is every learner. In the UK, over 1 million people live with a learning disability. Of this growing number, 2 out of 5 are not appropriately diagnosed in childhood.

The traditional teaching model relies on a classroom of students being uniformly delivered the same message. The presence of a student with a learning disability poses a challenge to this model, as they may struggle with focus, the material, the speed, or several other aspects. As a result, these individuals often feel left behind.

How Animal Assisted Therapy in schools can improve children’s mental health

Little girl with white rabbit for animal assisted therapy

Animal Therapy in schools has made observable differences to children’s mental health, behaviour and wellbeing in the past. With more than 1/6th of young people identified as having Special Education Needs (SEN) and one in eight children assessed in 2017 being identified with at least one mental disorder, Animal Therapy could make a huge improvement to a child’s life.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is delivered by a human professional, such as a teacher or therapist as a goal-directed intervention. Animal therapist Sarah Gordon believes that, in animal therapy, the comforting nature of animals is deployed so that a person is able to guide sessions towards objectives. AAT accreditation is also required to ensure the sessions are undertaken properly.

Outstanding! The Children’s Trust celebrates top Ofsted rating

Outstanding! The Children’s Trust celebrates top Ofsted rating

Staff, children and families at The Children’s Trust, which helps children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability, were celebrating this week after achieving an 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted.

The charity, which supported 168 children at its centre last year, received ‘Outstanding’ in all three areas inspected by Ofsted under the social care framework on 12 December 2018. This news follows a recent Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission and ISO9001 accreditation that the charity also received last year.

Celebrities shine a light on the power of dyslexic thinking in new Awareness Training films for teachers and parents

Little girl writing in new Awareness Training films for teachers and parents

Hollywood stars Keira Knightly, OBE and Orlando Bloom are among the big names starring in a series of awareness training films designed to help teachers, educators and parents understand dyslexia and gain essential knowledge on how to recognise and support it, therefore creating a dyslexia inclusive classroom.

The five short movies, produced by global charity Made By Dyslexia, focus on the different way those with dyslexia think, the issues they face in a traditional classroom environment, and how dyslexic thinking and skills help companies meet the challenges of the 21st century workplace. 

Twinkl to launch AR game that attracts children to STEM subjects at Bett 2019

Twinkl AR game

The online educational publisher Twinkl has created the world’s first ever multiplayer AR game that teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

ARchitect can be played by up to four people and invites players to create structures using different materials such as wood and ice, whilst facing challenges and adverse conditions.

The game introduces concepts such as structural integrity and provides a platform to learn real-world physics as players create towers, bridges and boats in a 3D world created with augmented reality. 

Twinkl will be exclusively showcasing ARchitect at the Bett education technology show, which runs from the 23rd to 26th January at the ExCeL in London

Best Practice Network

Best Practice Network Student & Teacher

Best Practice Network is an experienced and well-established provider of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination (NASENCO) with typically over 100 SENCOs or aspiring SENCOs starting the course with us each year. The qualification is mandatory for newly appointed SENCOs, but can also be excellent CPD for more experienced practitioners who want to refresh their knowledge and skills. Offered in partnership with Bath Spa University, the Award incorporates the Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Coordination from their Professional Master’s Programme, worth the first 60 credits towards a Master’s (MA) degree.

Gratnells award-winning MakerSpace trolley shortlisted for prestigious Education award

Gratnells award-winning MakerSpace trolley

The latest addition to the Callero family of storage solutions, Gratnells MakerSpace trolley is building on a successful launch with the news that it has been named a finalist for a prestigious industry award that highlights and rewards the quality and diversity of education products.

The MakerSpace trolley has been confirmed as a nominee for the GESS Education Awards 2019, in the Innovation Product Awards – Equipment/Hardware/non-ICT category. The award ceremony takes place in February at the leading education show in the Middle East, GESS Dubai, and aims to encourage the raising of educational services and product standards throughout the industry.

Tech Entrepreneur Launches App To Support Children With Dyslexia

Tech Entrepreneur Launches App To Support Children With Dyslexia

Kilkenny tech entrepreneur, Brendan Morrissey has launched a specialist smartphone application dedicated to providing support for those living and working with Dyslexia and ADHD. 

iDyslexic has been rolled out to users across Ireland, with firm plans in place to assist children suffering with Dyslexia and ADHD across the globe.  

Following 18 months in development, iDyslexic is an easy-to-use digital platform that allows the Child, Parent, Teacher and Case Worker to log into a secure classroom to aid continuous support and development. 

Servelec wins tender to provide Hackney Learning Trust with Synergy Education Management Information System

Servelec wins tender to provide Hackney Learning Trust with Synergy Education Management Information System

Servelec, a provider of health, social care and education software, has won a competitive tender to supply Hackney Learning Trust, the Education Department of Hackney Council, with its Synergy Education Management Information System. Synergy will help the Trust to provide more targeted, digital education support to children, young people and their families. It replaces the Trust’s legacy Capita solution, which had been in place for 15 years.

Teenagers Need to Escape their Own Minds Warns Expert

Expert watching teenagers taking an exam

As young people gear up toward putting time into their revision for next year’s mock exams - and then A-levels and GCSE’s, NLP and mindfulness expert, Peter Wright, warns that parents should be ensuring young people adopt a healthy attitude towards revision, and be encouraged to escape from the pressures put on them by the system and by themselves.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. 

Sherpa Environmental Limited

Sherpa Environmental Pouring jug of water

Sherpa Environmental Limited is a customer-committed company that specialises in keeping water systems safe.

Our philosophy is to develop the relationship as a solutions partner, not just a contractor. This means we are much more switched on to the needs of your company and how you need the service delivered. 

In turn, this means that we will help you make decisions around budgets competently and professionally, and advise on prioritising. This approach saves our clients’ money while reducing the risk.

We are a customer-focussed company that works with our clients and facilities management contractors to identify their needs, and deliver a quality service by dedicating our skilled workers to nationwide contracts.

Bridge College - Together Trust

Bridge College Student - Together Trust

Bridge College is a specialist college like no other. We’re part of Together Trust, a charity that believes everyone deserves an equal chance in life – no exceptions. 

At Bridge, we make this happen.

Based in Openshaw, Manchester, we’ve been providing special education to young people for over 25 years. 

We cater for young people aged 16 – 25 years with physical and/or learning disabilities, complex health needs, communication disorders and autistic spectrum conditions.

Why Bridge?Bridge College - Together Trust

'Tis The Season At Kidzania London

Children playing cricket at Kidzania

Book a trip now to KidZania’s December STEM Fair and receive a special Christmas gift for your school! Plus get in early for Careers Fair this January 19! 

KidZania London – the indoor city run by kids at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush – is excited to announce its action packed winter line up, boasting a series of special events, new partners and bonus gifts for schools who visit during the festive season and beyond, helping to bring the school curriculum to life.

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.