Earwig’s new app receives 5 star review

The award winning education software Earwig, has received a 5 star review of its app by the prestigious Educational App Store.

The Educational App Store’s independent review of the latest Earwig Academic app has awarded its highest rating of 5 stars, calling Earwig …

An incredible system for schools to streamline and revolutionise reporting and parental engagement”.

The comprehensive review praises the ease of use of the app …“Rather than spend hours printing, cutting and pasting photos into different notebooks and files, the Earwig app makes it incredibly easy to take pictures which can then be used in a rich variety of ways within the web application.”

Call for riders to register for new Florida charity cycle challenge

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has launched a new, 400 mile, Florida Cycle challenge.

The event, will take place between 28th November and 6th December 20015, and will see cyclists riding from Key West to Orlando, via Miami. The challenge will raise the funds needed to send disabled children, with life threatening conditions, on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Disney World, in Florida.

OnGarde warns: Protect Sites Now for Summer Theft and Vandalism Peak

Security equipment firm, OnGarde is giving a timely reminder to estates and security managers about the heightened risks of trespass and vandalism over the school holidays. 

Hiring a Rapid Deployment CCTV tower brings down insurance premiums and protects even remote sites.

Last year, Scottish councils alone spent more than £1 million repairing the damage caused by vandals in schools. From broken windows and graffiti to more serious crimes including arson and burglary, the summer holidays are fraught with risk for estates managers.

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DAME Tanni Grey-Thompson met with twelve year old India Oates and Jacob Bray at Barnard Castle School in County Durham to give her support at the start of their journeys as talented athletes with disabilities. The Welsh athlete who has won sixteen Paralympic medals, broken 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times, gave her top tips to athletics star India and swimmer Jacob, both pupils at Barnard Castle School before they begin to compete in more high profile competitions.

Sense works with the V&A to launch sensory backpack for children with sight impairments

Sense, the national deafblind charity, have been working with the V&A to devise the ‘Curious Ceramics’ sensory backpack. Designed with multisensory artist Abigail Hirsch for children with visual impairments it is the museum’s first ever sensory backpack and will launch with a special event on 1 August, where families will be able to explore its contents together in the Ceramics galleries with V&A staff. Families will also be able to see a new pop-up performance from No Nonsense Theatre with British Sign Language interpretation.


Jamie Lambert from award winning “classical boy band” unveiled as new patron for the Dyspraxia Foundation
The Dyspraxia Foundation - the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia and championing the needs of people living with the condition – is hitting the high notes this week with the news that it has recruited its first ever celebrity ambassador!

26 year old Jamie Lambert (originally from Tyne and Wear) is a founding member and “one fifth’ of the acclaimed all male singing group, Collabro, who shot to fame last year after winning ITV’s prime time talent show, ‘Britain’s Got Talent.”

Scottish War Blinded and Sight Action Information Service goes on tour.

Eye health and sight loss professionals are being urged to alert their patients and clients to Sight Action and Scottish War Blinded roadshows in the Highlands and Western Isles.

The team will be touring the area stopping off at community venues. It’s completely free to visit and to try out the wide range of products specifically designed for the needs of blind and partially sighted people. As well as the best of accessibility products, there will be one to one advice from experts on hand to answer questions, however big or small.

Sense Cymru welcomes new arrangements for eligibility for social care

National charity Sense has today (July 15) welcomed new legislative developments that reform the way eligibility for social care in Wales will be determined. Yesterday the National Assembly for Wales agreed the new regulations that local authorities will have to comply with in deciding whether they have a duty to arrange and provide care and support for children, adults and carers. The new regulations set an all-Wales eligibility framework which will see people eligible for care and support arranged by the local authority when they require a care and support plan to enable them to achieve their well-being outcomes.

Theo Paphitis calls for archaic education system to be modernised with enterprise education

At Wednesday’s third annual National Enterprise Challenge, former dragon Theo Paphitis, whose company, Ryman, was once again the headline sponsor of the inter-school event, stated that “the traditional ideology of secondary education followed by a University degree that results in a well paid job, is seriously outdated. We must look at other ways in which we can inspire young people from an early age and assist them in developing the enterprise and employability skills they need in this very fast changing world of work.”   The serial businessman went on to say, “Many of those students going to secondary school in September have known nothing other than recessions and cuts. They haven't grown up in a thriving Britain, one where jobs are readily available and pensions are secure. “

Mum’s stroke inspires launch of new emergency ID product

Carrying emergency ID could prove to be a lifesaver for anyone but is particularly beneficial to anyone with difficulty communicating, as it provides emergency services with vital information which enables them to make important decisions about the emergency treatment they give. Details of allergies, medical history, regular medications and special needs could prove to be a matter of life and death.

HofE Mencap to run complex need day services previously provided by Warwickshire County Council

Charity looking to improve and develop the services – with all staff retained in takeover

HEART of England Mencap is announcing it is the chosen service provider appointed to take over the running of two complex need day services in Warwickshire.

These services – at centres in Stratford and Leamington – were previously operated by Warwickshire County Council.

The council put the contract out to tender, with the Warwickshire-based charity HofE Mencap, now announced as the new chosen service provider.

All staff will be transferred to Heart of England Mencap with the services - and information events for families and carers are planned in July in both Stratford and Leamington.

Polwhele House is Alive with the Sound of Music

Children from Polwhele House in Cornwall have been learning their ‘Do, Re, Mi' instead of their ‘A, B, Cs' this week, whilst performing this year's school production of ‘The Sound of Muesli'. Celebrating 50 years since the release of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, children from the school have produced their own take on the hit stage show, telling the story of playful nun Maria and the Von Trapp family.

Survey asks schools if they are ready for budget squeeze

School business managers, headteachers, bursars and governors in schools across England are being urged to take part in the third annual National School Procurement Survey (NSPS15).

The survey – run by the national register of education suppliers - will aim to provide a national picture of how schools are preparing for a predicted budget squeeze between now and 2020. The squeeze is expected to arise from a combination of increases in national insurance and pension contributions, rising pupil numbers and an anticipated government freeze on real terms funding increases.

No Nonsense Spelling

The first spelling resource designed for the new curriculum - Special offer for Education for Everybody readers

In 2014, 24% of children failed to leave primary school with level 4 or above in their KS2 assessments in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Performance in this area lags significantly behind that in reading, where only 11% fail to achieve level 4. In light of this, teachers are looking for solutions to improve standards of spelling at KS2.

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment now approved by DfE for delivery in September 2015

The Department for Education (DfE) has today confirmed the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) as one of three approved suppliers of the new reception baseline assessment for use by schools in September 2015.

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment is a face-to-face resource-based assessment with a mixture of tasks and observational checklists. Everything you need to conduct the assessment is included in the NFER Reception Baseline Assessment pack and no additional training is required for Early Years practitioners to administer the assessment.

Charity prepares for new awareness week

The Macular Society is preparing for the start of its first ever awareness week, which launches on Monday.

The week, which will help to raise the profile of one of the biggest causes of sight loss in the developed world, is being launched in partnership with Vision Express, will take place from 6 – 12 July this year.

Groups, members and optometrists across the UK will be joining in a host activities throughout the week to help raise awareness of the condition, which can have a devastating effect on the lives of those affected.

More time for UK children to get creative with National Pet Month competition

National Pet Month is giving UK children even more time this summer to express their love for animals by extending the deadline for its fun schools competition.

The nation’s youngsters now have until Friday, July 17 to get creative through their poetry or art and show just how much animals mean to them.

In this year’s competition National Pet Month is looking for the best pet pictures from Key Stage 1 and poem from Key Stage 2, with both winners receiving a fantastic prize.

Michael Bellingham, Chairman of National Pet Month said: “Children love talking and learning about animals and our annual schools’ competition is a fabulous way to encourage creativity using a subject they’ll love.