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Astley Village autism specific school rated 'outstanding' across the board

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A school in Astley Village, Lancashire, for young people with autism, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the education regulator, Ofsted.

In its report, following an inspection last month, Ofsted praised Oliver House School for: enabling pupils to “make outstanding progress”; “promoting personal, social and cultural development extremely well”; having “extremely strong” links with parents;and having a “passionate” school principal in post.

The school was rated “Outstanding” overall and for all areas inspected, including in “effectiveness of leadership and management”, “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” and its “sixth form provision”.

Breakthrough technologies in ADHD intervention and diagnosis

ADHD Foundation working with two med-tech companies to launch and pilot breakthrough technologies in ADHD intervention and diagnosis

 

Revolutionary new technologies to help with the management of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) will be launched and piloted by leading ADHD charity, ADHD Foundation, for the first time in the UK. 

Can robotics boost engagement of pupils with learning disabilities?

Interactive Technologies and Game Conference

The Interactive Technologies And Games Conference (ITAG) is now in its 9th consecutive year and will be held on Wednesday 26 – Thursday 27 October 2016.

 

Hosted annually by Nottingham Trent University the conference will showcase and disseminate research outcomes, freely available games and interactive resources for educational and clinical applications.

 

The conference has a particular focus on the use of gaming hardware and software to implement accessible solutions, and the increasing impact of ubiquitous computing on our everyday well-being.

BBC Radio 4 appeal for Calvert Trust

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts appeal on behalf of Calvert Trust Centres Exmoor by BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner

 

On Sunday 18th September 2016 BBC Radio 4 broadcast an appeal by BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner on behalf of the three Calvert Trust Centres in Exmoor, Northumberland and The Lake District. Donations so far have reached £6,074.50.

Frank, who became a wheelchair user in 2004, is a former guest of the Calvert Trust having stayed at Exmoor centre in 2007, and gave a passionate appeal based on both his own personal experiences and accounts from other guests.  If you missed the appeal when it was broadcast it’s not too late to hear it, you can listen again via www.calvert-trust.org.uk/R4.

What makes a great primary school teacher?

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Primary school teachers carry a lot of responsibility – helping to shape the future of the next generation of young people by setting them up with the building blocks for the rest of their lives.

Children of all backgrounds need to be inspired to be able to read and write and it’s up to primary teachers to unlock the ability in every young pupil, not matter how able.

Some people have an inherent ability to be able to provide the inspiration children need.

Autism East Midlands Wins Charity Times Award with Brain in Hand

Autism East Midlands has won the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology.  Its use of Brain in Hand has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector as it has successfully helped to transform the lives of its service users and their families, delivering significant operational improvements.

Implementing Brain in Hand as part of a Positive Behaviour Support programme across Autism East Midlands has changed the nature of incidents and the strategies used to support individuals.  The length and severity of interventions have decreased and requirement for restraint has reduced.  This has enabled staff to focus more time on proactive and positive development activities.

Sense responds to news of Labour early years taskforce

National disability charity, Sense, has responded to today’s news that the Labour Party intends to launch an early years taskforce looking into childcare provision and early-years learning.

The taskforce, announced by shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, as part of this year’s Labour Party Conference, will aim to ensure that all children and parents have access to quality, affordable childcare.

Preston man’s endurance charity challenge will raise funds for disabled children in the city

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A 35-year-old man from Holmeslack, in Preston, is set to put his body on the line in order to raise much needed funds for disabled children in Preston.

Garry Harper, has signed up to take part in Born Survivor, one of the UK’s toughest obstacle course events, which will takes place at Capesthorn Hall, in Greater Manchester, on Saturday 24th September, 2016.

The gruelling 10K run through treacherous terrain will see Garry having to negotiate a series of punishing hills, overcome running water and mud pit challenges, before pushing himself over, under and through 30 military style obstacles.

School nurse workloads risk undermining essential support for children with long-term health conditions

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The confidence of schools nurses to provide essential support to children with long-term health conditions like diabetes and asthma risks being undermined by high workloads and having to work across numerous schools, suggests research published by the National Children’s Bureau.

Oaka Books launches digital resources for visual learners at TES SEN Show

·         The Oaka Digital KS3 resources are designed for students with special educational needs (SEN), including dyslexic and visual learners.

·         The digital packs contain kinaesthetic and visual activities, quizzes, imagery and animations to help improve engagement and attainment.

·         At the Oaka stand (19), teachers can purchase the entire Oaka Digital range of 42 topic packs at a discounted introductory price of £49 for the first year (this is a Special Show Offer and normal price is £149.00).

Oaka Books, a UK publisher specialising in SEN resources, today announced it will be launching its new digital resource packs for dyslexic students and visual learners at the TES SEN show on 7 and 8 October in London.

Child Protection Training: Preventing Radicalisation

Child protection training is being used more and more often as a tool to help fight against radicalisation among young people.

As educators, one of our primary obligations is to ensure that the children in our care are kept safe from harmful forces, neglect and abuse. This can take on various forms and can occur through many different mediums. One of the most extreme versions is that of radicalisation.

Students ‘Get Set’ for Community Action across the UK

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Four years on from London 2012, young people across the UK are harnessing the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, turning inspiration into action within their local communities. 
Over 500 community projects have taken place across the UK in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games showcasing the work of more than 18,500 young people ‘Action Leads’ aged 14-19 who are working to make their communities better and healthier places to live. It’s all part of Get Set for Community Action, a year-long UK-wide programme created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, made possible thanks to a £2.1 million award from the Big Lottery Fund. 

Towergate helps Littlehampton boy towards his aim of raising £66,000 for children in foster care

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·        Towergate CEO, David Ross, donates £1,000 on behalf of the business
·        Care Team joining Tom in Brighton Colour Run - Saturday 17th September

Towergate is supporting Tom Fisher, an 11 year old Littlehampton school boy, in his bid to raise £1 for each of the 66,000 children currently living in foster care in the UK.  

There are a number of activities that Tom has planned to help reach his target of £66,000, including taking part in a colour run with his family on Saturday 17th September. Members of the Towergate Care Team will be running alongside Tom and his family encouraging him every step of the way.

Disability Further Education College ‘Nash College’ in Bromley achieves ‘Good’ in Ofsted Inspection

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Nash College – a Further Education college for young adults (19-25) with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Hayes, Bromley - has just been recognised for providing a good standard of education, being rated as ‘Good’ in all categories in an Ofsted report that was published in relation to the inspection on July 5-7th July 2016. The college is one of the services run by the national charity – Livability

Many parents lack the confidence to get their kids to exercise

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If Canadian parents are going to get their kids to exercise more, they need more than just public awareness campaigns.

Parents exposed to one such national campaign were actually less confident they could increase their children's activity levels, according to a recent UBC study.

"With statistics outside this study showing 88 per cent of parents believe their children exercise enough and only seven per cent of kids meet recommended guidelines, it is clear more needs to be done," says Heather Gainforth, an assistant professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus. "While mass media campaigns appear to increase awareness, parents need the support of public policies and programs to help them successfully encourage behaviour change.

BBC 4 radio 4 appeal for Calvert Trust

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On Sunday 18th September 2016 at 7.55am, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast an appeal on behalf of the three Calvert Trust Centres in Exmoor, Northumberland and The Lake District. The appeal is being made by Frank Gardner, and features the story of Calvert Trust guest Scott, and his mum Claire.

As well as being BBC Security Correspondent and a bestselling author, Frank Gardner is also a former guest at Calvert Trust Exmoor, having stayed at the centre in 2007 as part of his recovery programme.  Frank became a wheelchair user in 2004, after being shot 6 times at close range whilst reporting in Saudi Arabia.

Royal Highland Centre to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland

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Edinburgh’s Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre is to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families and the professionals who work with them in Scotland.

Approximately 120,000 children and adults in Scotland are living with a learning disability[1], and over one million are living with a sensory impairment.[2]

Over 80 exhibitors will assemble at Highland Hall on Thursday 15th September to offer advice, support and information on mobility, communication, equipment and technology, education, toys and learning aids, transport, beds and seating, service, funding, sports and leisure and much more. 

Together Trust shortlisted for children and young people award

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North West charity, the Together Trust, has been shortlisted for a Children & Young People Now Award in The Family Support category.

The awards which have become a gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families, showcase best practice from across the country.

Together Trust help over 2,325 people in the North West each year with specialist education, fostering, residential and community support.

This nomination recognises the work of the Together Trust’s ASC Sleep Clinic, which supports families with children and young people with autism to develop healthy sleep routines through tailored sleep programmes and specialist support and advice.

Notts County Football Club sign the Autism Alliance Charter

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Notts County Football Club have opened three sensory rooms at Meadow Lane, becoming the first EFLclub to provide specialist facilities for those who experience anxiety in stadium environments. In a ceremony which also saw the club sign the Autism Alliance charter, the rooms were officially opened ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match against Grimsby Town by Notts head grounds man Trevor Hutchinson and his daughter Tyler, who has complex learning difficulties including Autism.

Disabled children almost twice as likely to be target of crime

Disabled children are almost twice as likely to be victims of crime as non-disabled children, according to a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  The Commission’s research found that 22% of disabled young people in England and Wales aged 10-15 had been the victim of crime in the previous 12 months, compared to 12% of non-disabled young people of the same age. 

Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair David Isaac has called the findings “a wake-up call”, which brings into question our assumptions on the legacy of the London Paralympic Games.