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Cheshire Accountancy Firm Goes Back To School

Cheshire Accountancy Firm Goes Back To School

It’s back to school for a chartered accountancy firm in Wilmslow this week as they announced their support for an educational programme to give children a better understanding of money.

Langricks is backing Money Skills for Life, devised by DebtAware, the financial education work of national debt advice charity Debt Advice Foundation – and aims to increase money management skills in primary schools across Cheshire and Yorkshire.

According to DebtAware Education Manager Brian Souter, primary school is the best place for spending behaviours to be shaped.

Djanogly City Academy celebrates three years of record breaking results

Djanogly City Academy celebrates three years of record breaking results

Students and teachers at Djanogly City Academy are celebrating after beating their GCSE results record for a third year in a row.

The pass rate of 58 percent is up seven per cent from last year. 

The academy was judged to be “good” by Ofsted in May after being placed in special measures in 2013.

Several students achieved a new grade 9 and high pass rates in the new reformed GCSEs including science, history and geography.

For the second year running, 99 percent of students achieved a pass in science, and the percentage of students gaining a grade 4 (C grade) or above in geography and history are the highest the school has ever achieved.

Reading charity launches ‘Back to School’ campaign to reach more struggling readers across England than ever before  

Reading charity launches ‘Back to School’ campaign to reach more struggling readers across England than ever before  

As the new academic year approaches, national reading charity Beanstalk is stepping up its search for volunteers to help reach more children than ever before with its potentially life-changing reading support programmes.  

More than 1,000 volunteers are needed nationwide to join Beanstalk’s network of trained reading helpers to help deliver vital one-to-one support to children aged 3-13 who are at risk of falling behind at school without intervention.  

According to the latest statistics, 25% of primary school children across England left primary school not meeting the expected levels in reading last year (2017-18). This can have a devastating effect on those children’s futures leading to all sorts of problems in secondary education and beyond.  

New science laboratory opened at specialist school

Sutherland House School

The science facility, opened by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, will allow Sutherland House School pupils to get more hands-on during experiments and expands the range of qualifications available

Sutherland House School (SHS) officially opened their new science laboratory recently, allowing students a full and immersive experience into the subject of science and broadening the range of qualifications available at the school. 

Enter the 2019 Shine a Light Awards until January 9th

Shine a Light Awards

Pearson and The Communication Trust have once again joined forces to launch the seventh Shine a Light Awards – and the deadline for entries has been extended to Wednesday 9th January.

Entries for this year open at the end of August with the awards ceremony taking place on Thursday 21st March. Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley, also known as the Lost Voice Guy will be performing at the event alongside British comic actress and writer, Sally Phillips, who will host the ceremony.

'Children who learn thinking skills could improve GCSE results by a grade'

'Children who learn thinking skills could improve GCSE results by a grade'

Attending a Thinking School can improve pupils’ GCSE results by as much as a grade, according to new research.

And under the new Progress 8 accountability measure, which aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of key stage 4, schools can expect to see their scores increase by a grade.

Thinking Schools teach students to visualise their ideas with ‘maps’ which help children to create, understand, problem-solve and persist with tasks rather than merely regurgitate answers.

Research author Dr Dave Walters of the Cognitive Education Development Unit at Exeter University, believes the research establishes Thinking Schools as game-changers in school improvement. 

Crazy Noodles Colouring Book, by Emily Gray (Troubador, £7.99)

Crazy Noodles colouring book

While seven-year-old Lily Gray struggles in maths and English due to dyslexia, her creative abilities soar far and beyond not only her years, but most other people on the planet. For as long as mum Emily can remember, her beautiful daughter has been drawing, tearing things up and creating art that stands on its own.

In the most unique of projects, Lily and Emily have now teamed up to release Crazy Noodles, a kids’ colouring book unlike anything else on the market. There are no rules, expectations or convention – just a volume that allows children (and adults!) to unleash their talents and explore creativity in a fun and memorable way.

Arts therapy boost for neurology rehabilitation

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)

Company director and arts therapist Daniel Thomas tells Education for Everybody about the work Chroma does with children…

Tell us about Chroma and what you do.

We are the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapies working across a range of sectors to improve the lives of every person who works with us. Our 70+ team of experienced therapists provide a national service covering education, health and social care. We provide art psychotherapy, music therapy, neurologic music therapy and dramatherapy. 

We work with social care partners and local authorities supporting adopted children and their families, in healthcare for people who need rehabilitation from brain injuries but also those with dementia or other neurological diseases. 

Special Educational Needs Conference: Innovations in inclusive learning

SEND professionals

SEND professionals are invited to attend the Special Education Needs Conference in Manchester on November 14th.

The conference at the University of Salford will focus on the key challenges set out by the Education Committee’s recent inquiry into the support for children and young people with SEND. 

Speakers will examine whether the Government’s stated ambitions for simpler, improved and consistent help for youngsters with SEND have been met. Presentations will provide practical solutions and examples of best practice from across the age range of provisions.

Alongside this inquiry, councils are set to benefit from a £50million funding boost to create additional school places and state-of-the-art facilities for children with SEND. 

The Prologue personalised books aim to create educational and social change

The Prologue free personalised books scheme

Luke Swann, founder of The Prologue free personalised books scheme which aims to engage even the most reluctant readers, explains how the books work and why he feels the landscape of literacy learning needs to change in order to include children from all backgrounds…

When did The Prologue begin, and why did you set it up?

Just over a year ago, I set up The Prologue as a way to create the educational and social change I think is urgently needed. I grew up in an impoverished area where education simply didn’t work for a lot of young people. I’ve work as a teacher and a children’s author before but I had to solve some of these issues on a wider scale and so The Prologue has become my primary means to achieve that necessary change.

Athena Fund Provides over 400 Special Education Teachers and Kindergarten Teachers in Israel’s Bedouin Sector with iPads

Athena Fund

Israel’s Athena Fund today announced that more than 400 school and kindergarten special education teachers in the Bedouin sector have received iPads in recent months as part of the “iPad for Every Special Education Teacher” program. In addition to computers, the teachers will also receive 120 hours of techno-pedagogical training.

The distribution of iPads was carried out in the communities of Rahat, Hura, Neve Midbar Regional Council and Bir al-Maqsur.

Athena Fund Provides over 400 Special Education Teachers and Kindergarten Teachers in Israel’s Bedouin Sector with iPads

Athena Fund

Israel’s Athena Fund today announced that more than 400 school and kindergarten special education teachers in the Bedouin sector have received iPads in recent months as part of the “iPad for Every Special Education Teacher” program. In addition to computers, the teachers will also receive 120 hours of techno-pedagogical training.

The distribution of iPads was carried out in the communities of Rahat, Hura, Neve Midbar Regional Council and Bir al-Maqsur.

For students with dyslexia, speech recognition unlocks new opportunities in education

The Dyslexia Association

Of the learning challenges facing students with dyslexia, reading difficulties are amongst the most prominent. It is believed around 10% of the population have the condition which usually sees suffers struggling to process information whether written or spoken, which can hamper their natural ability to share and document their creative ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm for a subject. This could potentially have an adverse educational and psychological effect on this group and possibly negatively impact their engagement with education. Encouragingly though, through dedicated study and research, great advances have been made in understanding dyslexia, how it affects individuals and what needs to be done to provide support for them from an early age.

Becoming a Thinking School helped our pupils become self-motivated learners

Becoming a Thinking School helped our pupils become self-motivated learners

Our journey to becoming a Thinking School began back in 2008; it has been a complex and demanding process, but the impact on our school and its pupils has been dramatic. 

What prompted it?

We had observed that a vast number of our students, who are aged 11-19,  were passive learners. They were being given information in order to pass exams but there was little opportunity for them to discover things for themselves. What we wanted was to raise the level of challenge and for them to become self-motivated and lead their own learning. 

Safeguarding apps rolled out to schools nationally after Sunderland trial

MOMO

School children who receive extra support could be given access to apps created by Mind of My Own (MOMO) to help them talk about and influence the care they receive and share concerns and worries about their lives.

The two apps – MOMO One, for children and young people aged 8+ and MOMO Express, for younger children and those with learning disabilities – are to be offered to children in contact with Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENco) and safeguarding leads in schools following a successful trial at Oxclose Community Academy in Sunderland. 

Helen Caldwell, from the University of Northampton, on using technology with SEN pupils

University of Northampton, Special Educational Needs, Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Computing, Net-Aware,

Helen Caldwell, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton, who’s also an Apple Distinguished Educator, shares her thoughts on the use of technology for education and outlines some ideas for implementing technology in outdoor sessions…

Our children are increasingly spending less time outdoors exploring their environment. They spend more time engaging with the world around them in a digital format - through the various mobile devices now available to them at home and in the classroom.

They’re mixing learning, gaming, watching video content and using social media to communicate in a more interactive way than ever before. They are often way ahead of the curve in understanding technology, compared to parents, and some educators. 

Acheivement for All - Sonia Blandford

Achievement for All

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO at Achievement for All, tells Education for Everybody editor Victoria Galligan about the charity that works to improve outcomes for all children and young people who are vulnerable to underachievement.

Tell us about Achievement for All and the work it does…

Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges, improving outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement regardless of background, challenge or need through bespoke partnerships across our wide range of programmes.

What more can policy makers do to ensure every child is included?

The early bird catches the (book) worm

Book Monster

Encouraging and supporting your child in their reading can sometimes be a monster task, let the Book Monster (RRP £24.99) by Thinking Gifts come to the rescue! This brilliant book holder can be propped on to any surface and keeps the book or tablet firmly in position with monster teeth to mark each page.

This gentle giant, available in green and blue, can accommodate most sizes of books, e-readers and tablets and has handy pockets at the back for storing items such as bookmarks, power cords and ear phones. Book Monster can now also accompany you on holiday – the new, inflatable Bookmonster Air (RRP £14.99) is waterproof and perfect for story-time on the beach!

Welfare Call celebrate G-Cloud 10 listing

Welfare Call Limited

South Yorkshire based, Welfare Call Limited, have just been confirmed as listed on the Government's G-Cloud 10 framework and are on track to reach their ambitious expansions plans.

Welfare Call has been providing safeguarding services to Local Authorities since 2002 by contacting more than 14,000 schools every day to monitor the attendance and attainments of Looked After Children and vulnerable groups during their time in education.

Now considered the market leader and specialists in the collection and management of this data, their ePEP (electronic Personal Educational Plan) has assisted authorities achieve marked improvements in quality and completion rates of their PEPs and subsequently been acclaimed by Ofsted.