LEGO Engineers of the Future celebrated at Parliament

LEGO Engineers of the Future celebrated at Parliament

School children recognised for award-winning projects at event marking LEGO Education support for the Year of Engineering

Forty-four budding young engineers were the guests of honour at a special reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday 12 December, where they showcased their award-winning engineering projects – all inspired by LEGO play.

The students are part of five winning teams in the Engineers of the Future competition, a robotics and coding challenge which inspired children aged 7-16 across the UK to get hands-on and creative with real engineering projects – like developing ideas for renewable energy or sustainable water systems.

Technology from Twinkl brings never seen before objects to the classroom 

Technology from Twinkl

What would happen if you showed a 3D dinosaur to a classroom of children?  Thanks to the team at Twinkl and a new Apple technology called AR Quick Look, you can.

Twinkl has created the largest collection of educational digital models that you can view in the classroom in 3D through augmented reality (AR). 

AR brings the real and virtual world together by superimposing computer generated images into real-world environments. 

The collection of over 100 models includes planets, animals, parts of the human anatomy and even a unicorn or Santa Claus.

The models are free to access and can be used on the latest Apple devices, on the iOS 12 operating system.

Employing personal assistants 

A child with her personal assistant

Employing personal assistants - a PA - gives children and their parents choice and control about how they’re supported. 

A PA can support people with lots of things including social activities, getting ready, meal times and at school or college. 

It also means that they become an ‘individual employer’ and are responsible for recruiting, managing and training their PAs. 

This might seem daunting at first but there’s lots of help out there. 

Nadia Clarke is an individual employer and has employed a team of PAs since she was 8 years of age. 

Liverpool City Council recognised for advances in autism support

Liverpool City Council recognised for advances in autism support

A LIVERPOOL City Council team has become the first of its kind in the country to receive national recognition for the level of support it provides for children with autism.

The council’s Special Educational Needs Inclusion Support Service (SENISS) has become the only outreach service to achieve Autism Accreditation with Advanced Status from the National Autistic Society

The accreditation was set up to improve the support available to autistic people both in the UK and across the globe. To receive the accolade, organisations must prove that they have achieved the society’s ‘standard of excellence’ through a programme of self-examination and development.

Ellesmere College – A Platform for Academic and Personal Success

Ellesmere College students

Founded in 1884, Ellesmere College is a co-educational boarding and day school which offers students between the ages of seven and 18 a platform for academic success and personal development. A wide ranging academic curriculum and extensive activities programme allows each student the opportunity to advance in a range of disciplines, whether in the Arts, Music, Drama, Sport, or to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Ellesmere College treats every pupils as an individual and where success is ‘doing the very best you can’; a philosophy that all parents, pupils and staff recognise and support wholeheartedly.

The Education Show

The Education Show

The Education Show has moved from Birmingham and will now take place at the ExCeL theatre in London on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January, alongside sister show Bett. The event sees decision makers and school business managers join together and to discuss topics in policy and best practice, to ensure learning and achievement is maximised in institutions.

Are you ready for Bett 2019?

Are you ready for Bett 2019?

Bett 2019 is fast approaching, with the show bringing together teachers, academics, edtech companies and policymakers to celebrate innovation in education. Last year saw more than 850 leading companies, 100 edtech startups and over 34,000 attendees coming to find inspiration and discuss the future of learning and teaching. Next year’s show will run from 23-26 January at the ExCeL London.

Yap Books Writes New Chapter In Classroom Reading With Voice-Activated App

Children reading Yap Books

The magical world of books is set to come to life with the launch of Yap Books - a revolutionary voice-activated App to help children read and experience stories.

Specifically targeted for children from reception to Year 6, Yap Books is bringing voice technology into the classroom to make reading more engaging and rewarding.

Developed by Midlands-based Yap Technology Ltd, the App features Yap Classroom, a multi-sensory learning platform where the reader's voice brings stories to life by triggering a variety of stimulating actions including animations, sounds, videos, images and digital content which is a completely synchronised to the story.

How to combat mental health issues in the young

How to combat mental health issues in the young

How to combat mental health issues in the young

Those feelings of failure can creep up on us in many situations. The good news is that you can take steps to tackle them before they get out of hand. It may take a little practice before you stop negative feelings in their tracks, but these tips should help you feel more positive.

• Keep control of your inner voice: Saying to yourself “You should have tried harder, you’ve made yourself look stupid”, is what we call a faulty dialogue. When you start giving yourself these negative messages just say, “STOP”, and throw the thought out. Managing your inner voice is a life skill.

Crest Nicholson brings festive fun to local school in Sunbury-on-Thames

Crest Nicholson’s South division is proud to announce its support for the Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School in Sunbury-on-Thames. The award-winning developer has recently donated £250 to assist with the school’s annual Christmas Fayre, which took place on Friday 7th December.  Crest Nicholson has been supporting the school’s annual Christmas Fayre for several years, which typically receives up to 250 attendees across the school and local community. The family activities enjoyed this year included everything from a Santa’s Grotto and Christmas arts and crafts for the children, to a festive family BBQ and games, ensuring there was something for everyone. 

FutureLearn Partners with Amnesty International

FutureLearn Partners with Amnesty International

FutureLearn, the online social learning platform owned by The Open University, is partnering with the world's leading human rights organisation, Amnesty International, to provide a free online course introducing learners to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The announcement of the partnership and co-created online course, Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comes on the day of the 70th anniversary of the revolutionary document being signed.

Despite the difficulties, fostering a disabled child is the most rewarding thing we’ve ever done

Joanne and Stephen on fostering a disabled child

For Joanne and Stephen Phillips, 2012 was a major turning point in their life – it was the year they applied to become foster carers. For Joanne, this opportunity was exactly what she’d been yearning for. Having previously worked in the care industry, her role at the time valeting motor homes, did not offer the level of job satisfaction that she desperately craved. 

After seeing an advert in their local newspaper, the Doncaster-based couple took some time to deliberate the practicalities of fostering. They decided that it was a win-win opportunity, allowing Joanne to return to a career in care while offered a loving, stable home for a child in need. From here, they contacted Fostering People, and were delighted when their application was successful.

Education that’s truly special

Education that’s truly special - Ringwood Logo

When you visit the stunning, eco-friendly, 40 acre campus on the Dorset/Hampshire border it becomes apparent why this college is a first choice for parents and young adults with special educational needs.

Individual buildings linked by natural pathways through green open spaces and woodland give a sense of calm and wellbeing. Exclusive onsite facilities include a gym hall, heated indoor swimming pool, kitchen garden and purpose-built therapy building offering onsite specialist input from occupational, physiotherapy as well as complementary therapies such as massage, music and art.

Options Trent Acres school celebrates Outstanding Ofsted

Options Trent Acres school student

Options Trent Acres, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, a special independent school for boys and girls aged 8-18 with autism and a range of complex needs, including mild learning disability, is celebrating having been officially declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. The school, run by Options Autism is part of the Outcomes First Group.

Inspectors commended the school, stating that Options Trent Acres “provides a rich and rewarding educational experience for all pupils”.

Shaw Education Trust celebrates exceptional achievement

Shaw Education Trust award

Shaw Education Trust uses innovative approach to raising student aspirations with a key stage 3 awards ceremony. 

Students from across the Shaw Education Trust and their parents were invited to an Exceptional Achievement Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of students who have shown progression in their performance.

Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, Jo Morgan, utilised her speech to inspire students saying: “You are here because you had the courage and confidence to reach for the stars- to live your dreams and work hard for your success.

“Education is the pathway to enable freedom, choice and independence. Whether you want to be a brain surgeon, astronaut, nuclear physicist or leader of the UN, the power you have is in your hands.”

Literacy intervention in West Yorkshire boys’ school improves reading age by more than a year 

Literacy intervention at school

Head teacher at Upper Batley High School Samantha Vickers explains how Supply Desk’s literacy intervention programme ‘Love to Read’ improved pupils’ reading age across the school, which has a high proportion of English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs (SEN) students. 

About the school

The key components of a mentally healthy school

The key components of a mentally healthy school, Centre for Child Mental Health

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of the Centre for Child Mental Health(CCMH) and Co-Director of Trauma Informed Schools UK– discusses the key components of a mentally healthy school. 

We have health and safety policies for children’s bodies in our schools – so why don’t we have health and safety policies for children’s minds? We have all the evidence we need on the adult-child relationship experiences that cause mental health problems and those that heal. 

All aboard! Pupils set off for a trampoline adventure in shiny new minibus!

Kids sat outs the Variety Sunshine Coach

Special needs pupils at a local primary school hit the road in their brand new minibus, from Variety Sunshine Coach, – hours after it was presented to them by Canary Wharf Contractors Fund (​CWCF), its generous donor.

Alison Helm, headteacher of North Beckton Primary School was handed the keys to the minibus by Tom Kelly, Head of Construction Operations, during a special ceremony, at the school, last Friday.

CWCF joined forces with Variety, the Children’s Charity to secure the school’s new minibus, which is officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach.

Ms Helm said:Kids sat outs the Variety Sunshine Coach