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How we can make use of our schools as a community resource

With budgets tightening and class sizes on the rise, there has never been a more urgent need for school leaders to find creative ways to future-proof their finances.

Finding ways to generate additional income for the school is no longer just about raising money for extra purchases, but rather a necessity for schools to meet fundamental expenses, such as teaching staff’s salaries, and vital learning resources, such as textbooks for the pupils.

Special Educational Needs at Under 1 Roof

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The state of the art facilities at Under 1 Roof are all available for EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils with special educational needs and can be booked for exclusive use by groups and classes.

Our provision includes:

The Children’s Theatre – where we can offer Autism Friendly performances and BSL interpreted performances

The Sensory Room – equipped with multimedia and multi-sensory resources to stimulate learning and development

The Therapy Room – where our trained therapists offer sessions specific to the needs of the child

The Soft Play Room – which can be used to improve coordination, balance and agility and release energy

People with sight loss now ‘see’ their drawings thanks to 3Doodler and leading UK sight loss charity Royal National Institute of Blind People

3Doodler Updates 3D Printing Pens and Receives Official Seal of Approval from RNIB for Use by People Who Are Blind Or Partially Sighted, Giving Teachers & Students New Tools For Accessible Creativity

LONDON, UK  July 13th, 2017 – When 3Doodler first brought its 3D printing pen to market, the company was inundated with feedback from people who are blind or partially sighted, or who work with those communities. Teachers of blind students were particularly engaged, envisioning ways to work with their students to instantly create tactile graphics they could touch and feel.

Koller Donates to an ‘Extra Special’ Special School

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Children at a special school in Milton Keynes were presented with a totally refurbished minibus to use on trips out thanks to companies around the UK like Koller, specialists in the design and manufacture of wheelchair accessible vehicle products.

Pupils and staff from the Redway School, which is described as an ‘extra special’ special school and teaches children and teenagers from the age of two to 19 who have a range of learning difficulties,were pleased to receive their ‘new-look’ minibus.

New study shows British children need to get out and play more

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With stories of childhood obesity never far from the headlines, it’s easy to believe that each generation of children is lazier than the last. But a new survey of 6 – 11 year olds suggests that British children believe they’re wrapped in cotton wool by their parents and would like more freedom to play outside.

The research by family skincare brand Sudocrem found that almost 3 in 5 children (57%) said their parents worried too much about their safety and almost two-thirds of those aged 8 – 11 (64%) thought they should be able to go to the park with their friends, unaccompanied by an adult.

What’s the best way to manage online risk to children? Stop the bad stuff at source, says Friendly WiFi director Beverley Smith

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says Friendly WiFi director Beverley Smith (pictured).

 

The ‘digital revolution’ has transformed into the ‘digital evolution,’ as connected devices and online-empowered ways-of-working shift from being transformative to the new normal.

Education is no different. A third of secondary schools in the UK have Bring Your Own Device teaching. A further quarter are considering it. It’s a practice which is certain to become ubiquitous in time.

Enabling it is WIFi. It’s regarded by many as a basic service, like water and electricity.

Schools face uncertainty as new funding boost creates multimillion pound black hole

Schools face uncertainty as new funding boost creates multimillion pound black hole

Education leaders are questioning what lies in store over the next academic year after the education secretary makes an additional £1.3bn available to spend on core schools funding. 

The announcement comes on the back of months and months of campaigning over funding shortages, as schools across England were forced to make £3bn of cuts. 

However, this latest announcement has revealed a £1.3bn boost over the next two years that will result in schools funding being £2.6bn higher in 2019-20 than in 2017-18. 

Education secretary Justine Greening announced the decision yesterday and confirmed that the money will be freed up from within the existing education budget - not from any new money from the Treasury. 

How to develop sight, sound, and touch in the classroom

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There are five senses associated with the human body: sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. While all of these sensations are important for child development, the perceptions of sound, sight, and touch are used most often in the classroom. It is these three senses, however, that often appear the most difficult to develop in kids with special needs. Here are ways that caregivers can help children identify and strengthen sensitivity to images, noise, and affection. 

Welcoming the Worry Wizard

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According to the Mental Health Foundation* mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people.  Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

The Worry Wizard supports the emotional Wellbeing of young people of all ages.  It offers adults a gentle and fun way to help their child develop tools to manage their Worries before they affect their Wellbeing. Creator Amy Smythe aka The Worry Wizard, an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, was inspired to help young people when her Godson Jack was struggling to voice his Worries.

 Amy comments:

Ladbroke Grove School shortlisted for £10,000 redecoration prize to create sanctuary for SEN students

  • Sion Manning needs your help to win much-needed £10,000 colour and design makeover in national competition with Dulux
  • Initiative promotes learner-led design to engage children in the classroom 

Sion Manning Catholic Girls School has beaten off competition from across the country to be shortlisted in a national contest to win £10,000 worth of colour and design services to create a peaceful space for SEN students as well as the wider school community.

Shakespeare for SEND learners

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New resource from SEN Assist and the London Grid for Learning aims to bring Shakespeare to learners with special educational needs and disabilities.

A new resource developed by award-winning SEND specialists SEN Assist and hosted by not-for-profit educational trust London Grid for Learning (LGfL) aims to bring the Bard to pupils with complex learning needs. Complementing LGfL’s already extensive SEND provision Early Shakespeare is suitable for learners on the P scales of all ages and abilities.

Succeeding when school days aren’t the best days of your life…

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‘School days are the best days of your life’. We’ve all heard the saying, and for some, the lucky ones, it really is true. For others, however, the very thought of going to school is enough to fill them with dread, perhaps because they are being bullied, can’t engage with learning, or have mental health difficulties; as a result, they might begin avoiding school altogether.

When a child becomes truant or worse, is excluded, the general perception is that this is because they are a ‘problem child’. However, the reality is rarely that cut and dry.

Former teacher and founder of EDLounge, Sam Warnes (pictured) discusses. 

Recognition for regard time after time

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Issued with photo: Gizelle Stacey and Belinda from TFW, shortlisted for The People's Award

Staff from Regard – the UK’s fourth largest private provider of supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury – are anticipating with excitement an awards evening in Birmingham on 14 July which they will be attending as finalists in five different categories.

The National Learning Disabilities Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to individuals and organisations who excel in providing quality care.

The theory of everything SEND at nasen Live

nasen Live, the hugely popular special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) conference, returns on July 7 and this year, the event, which will take place at the Birmingham ICC, will be officially opened by renowned theoretical physicist and role model for SEND, Professor Stephen Hawking CBE.

The conference will once again give visitors including SENCOs, school leaders, teachers, governors and other education professionals, as well as parents and carers, a unique platform to celebrate outstanding practice and provision for children and young people with SEND.

Together trust service director receives MBE

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The Together Trust’s Service Director, Jill Sheldrake, has visited Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE for services to children in the North West.

Jill has worked for the Together Trust for over 20 years. She was awarded her MBE by His Royal Highness Prince Charles and joined by her parents and her daughter, Charlotte aged nine.

She said: “I can honestly say that the last 23 years with the Together Trust have been inspirational for me, I have worked hand-in-hand with colleagues at every level with one common goal and that is to ensure that every individual we work with has the opportunity to achieve their aspirations.”

People with learning disabilities ‘urgently’ need Type 2 diabetes prevention help

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The health of people with learning disabilities ‘urgently’ need to be targeted in a Type 2 diabetes prevention drive, Leicestershire researchers have said.

In a recent study of 930 adults from across the county with learning disabilities a high proportion, more than two-thirds (68 per cent), were discovered to be overweight or obese, putting them at risk of developing diabetes in the future.

The research team, from the Leicester Diabetes Centre, wanted to find out whether people with learning disabilities could be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. A further aim was to develop a lifestyle programme to help people with learning disabilities stay healthy. 

Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids: leading lights in the management of behavioural conditions?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is common in children with autism, with antipsychotic medicines typically being prescribed whether these occur separately or collectively.  Whilst these may offer benefit for some children and young people, for others alternative adjunctive therapy options are needed in addition to medicines.  There is now a growing body of evidence that omega-3 and 6 fatty acids could work as a suitable adjunctive therapy with and to conventional medications.  Dr Emma Derbyshire discusses the role and latest evidence behind these important fatty acids.

Iconic new art installation called the umbrella project launches in liverpool

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A huge splash of colour has arrived in Liverpool for the summer, as 200 brightly coloured umbrellas have been suspended over a busy city centre street. The goal behind this initiative is to raise awareness and understanding, encouraging discussion around Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism.

 

Devised and curated by Liverpool-based ADHD Foundation, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary as a charity, the Umbrella Project transforms Church Alley (leading up to the Bluecoat) into a canopy of colour until the end of August. The individual umbrellas have also been personally signed by children from St Oswald’s primary school in Old Swan and across Merseyside, many of whom have ADHD, autism and other neurodevelopment conditions.

 

Kuradocs announces liferaft for people living with disabilities and their carers

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- digital platform provides a single source of health, medical, social and emotional information that is managed by individuals and their carers and can be shared with everyone in the care circle -

 

Southampton, 22nd June 2017, UK start-up, Kuradocs, has announced a new online application, Liferaft, that helps people living with disabilities and their carers to ease the administrative burden that comes with managing complex life-long conditions.