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Indie Diversity Training Scheme is now open for applications

open for applications from candidates with a disability and those from BAME or socially disadvantaged backgrounds

The Indie Diversity Training Scheme is now open for applications from candidates with a disability and those from BAME or socially disadvantaged backgrounds. 

The scheme offers a six-month job with one of the UK’s leading production companies with bespoke training to kick-start your career in television. We are looking for people with a genuine passion for television who are determined to have a career in the industry. These trainee positions will provide you with the skills to take one of the two main routes into television – production or editorial.

Earwig co-founder launches anti-bullying message

  #Iwasbullied   
                

To raise awareness for national bullying week from 14-18th November education software provider Earwig Academic has launched the #Iwasbullied campaign.
The campaign, developed by co-founder Emilie-Kate Kidd aims to draw attention to how hard it is for children being bullied to tell an adult about it, and comes with a clear message about what they can do instead.
 
Earwig want to encourage their teachers and others to tell pupils about the Earwig #Iwasbullied message ...
         

THE MESSAGE

Improving Recruitment and Retention of SEN Teachers

Improving Recruitment and Retention of SEN Teachers

With the growing teacher shortage it has become more and more difficult for schools to source and retain suitably qualified and experienced SEN Teachers for specific teaching roles within special education.

Key Skills Education is an inner London based education recruitment agency providing teachers and support staff for schools and education centres across London and the Home Counties specifically for long term and permanent positions.  We have developed a specialist SEN division which is dedicated to sourcing high-quality SEN Teachers for a range of posts in a variety of schools and education centres across London and surrounding areas.

Leading practitioner offers education clinic at Academies Show

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All and one of the UK’s leading practitioners of education, will be hosting a clinic at this year’s Academies Show.

Sonia will be on hand throughout the day for ten minute sessions so that teachers can discuss leadership and learning issues including parent and carer engagement, anti-bullying, closing the gap, and special educational needs or disabilities.

Levelling the educational playing field – LGfL at Bett 2017

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Winners of the 2016 Bett Award for Primary Digital Content, London Grid for Learning, LGfL, will be showcasing TRUSTnet early in the new year at Bett 2017. Also featured at the show will be LGfL’s new SuperCloud offering – designed to support the wider digital transformation of local authorities and the public sector. 

LGfL’s newly launched educational resources, include Developing British Values, the Trust’s new KS2-5 resource for PSHE, Citizenship and RE, and Symbol Library, a KS1-4 symbol pack for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) developed by Widgit. 

A place where every voice is heard and celebrated

Primary School

St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf is a school where spoken language is used across every department and where every young person communicates equally and successfully with others. St John’s is a specialist school for sensory and communication needs where skilled staff help students to develop a love of learning, and to achieve their best.

The school provides an optimum listening environment through small teaching groups and sound fieldtechnology in acoustically treated classrooms.

Barriers to learning are removed by specialist teaching staff who are qualified teachers of hearing and multi-sensory impairment as well as specialist speech and language therapists who provide 1:1 sessions and group therapy.

Primary Department

Free RNIB online resource makes educational books accessible

RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare is an online service delivered by Royal National Institute of Blind People and provides accessible materials to schools and colleges in the UK. It provides curriculum materials for all print disabled students including those with sight loss and dyslexia. 

It aims to offer an independent learning experience while enabling learners to read the same books at the same time as their classmates.

An RNIB Bookshare account provides your school or college with access to thousands of books and images in a range of accessible formats. There is also a book request service if the title you require is not available.

Winter Wonderland Manchester to give away £50,000 worth of free tickets to North West charities

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Kingpin Events is giving North West charities an early Christmas gift by inviting them to experience the magic of this year’s Winter Wonderland Manchester 2016 entirely free of charge.

This Christmas, the company is giving away £50,000 worth of free tickets to charities in the North West!
Festive extravaganza Winter Wonderland is the UK’s largest indoor Christmas theme park, and can be found at EventCity next to the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester.

The attraction officially opens to the public on Saturday 10th December, but organisers Kingpin Events are hosting a special charity evening on Friday, 9th December.

Families with disabled children unfairly penalised

Families with disabled children unfairly penalised unless Carers Allowance earnings threshold increases in line with national living wage 

 

As Parliament debates the national living wage tomorrow, Thursday 3 November, Contact a Family is calling for the Chancellor to ensure Carers Allowance earnings threshold is increased in line with the national living wage so families with disabled children don’t lose out on vital support.

Stars of ITV’s Doc Martin gather for charity Christmas concert

Popular television couple reunite for longstanding festive celebration to raise money for people with learning disabilities.
 
Actors Martin Clunes, OBE, and Caroline Catz, who portray on-screen couple Martin Ellingham and Louisa Glasson in ITV’s Doc Martin, will be coming together for a candlelit evening of seasonal music and readings at Dorchester Abbey on December 8th 2016.
 
Now in its 22nd year, The Coming of Christmas is a much-loved annual concert organised by Hft, a national charity for people with learning disabilities, of which Martin is a patron.
 

Sense Launch ‘Play Toolkits’ for Parents and Play Settings

 ‘Play Toolkits’

National disability charity releases instructional guides and video mini-series to:

- Help make play settings accessible for children with multiple needs

- Increase parents’ confidence playing with their children

Earlier in the year, an inquiry, co-led by Lord Blunkett, revealed that one in two disabled children have been turned away from play settings and activities

Nine out of ten parents of disabled children claimed their child didn’t have the same opportunities to access play, compared to non-disabled children.

Mary Poppins comes to Homeleigh

Two times winner Simon Daulby

The TV show ‘Four In A Bed’ which has B&B owners from around the country competing to be named ‘best value for money’ has inspired the manager of a Manchester residential care home to engage her staff in a fun new way of delivering quality care.

Emma Jarrett, who manages Manchester-based Homeleigh, a 30-bed residential service for people with learning difficulties and mental health issues, has already earned recognition from her industry by being shortlisted for ‘Special Needs Manager’ in this year’s National Care Awards.

Now Emma has introduced an element of fun into her staff’s routine by launching Homeleigh’s own version of the TV competition.

How Safeguarding Training for Adults Could Help Your School

In recent years, safeguarding training has garnered some well-deserved attention as an extremely valuable tool in the fight to keep children safe. Safeguarding training provides staff members with invaluable insight on the forms that abuse and neglect can take, how to recognise signs of abuse in different age brackets, and how to communicate with children about the issue. However, much of the conversation surrounding the benefits safeguarding training up to this point has focused on just that: children. But safeguarding for adults training courses are also steadily on the rise.

Providing Opportunities for Everyone

Saddles Riding Centre

Saddles Riding Centre based in Bexley, Kent has become the latest riding centre to gain Accessibility Mark accreditation.

The nationally recognised seal of approval will enable them to open their doors todisabled people.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the Accessibility Mark scheme to encourage those who do not already partake in equestrian activities or would not usually have the opportunity to do so, to experience the many benefits that riding can bring.

‘#GoYellow’ for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

‘#GoYellow’

The charity Shine is calling its supporters and the public to #GoYellow during Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week: 24th-31st October, to help raise awareness of these conditions.
 
Shine supporters will be having fun and fundraising around the #GoYellow theme, especially on World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, Tuesday 25th October, and the charity’s logo will also be bouncing around social media to see how far it can go.

Rise in involvement for people with learning disability issues

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A new twist has been given to the campaign for person-centred care launched earlier this year by The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Following on from Regard’s push for improved focus on service users being at the centre of their own care, the organisation is now calling for learning disability and mental health care provision to be not just person-centred but person-led.

Sandie Foxall-Smith, CEO of Regard, said: “Our ambition is to empower those we support to be fully involved not just in their own care but in the bigger decisions that affect the homes where they live.

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

It can be difficult for teachers to know where to start with sensory processing disorder (SPD). SPD would be more accurately described as a group of related disorders that can affect different children in a variety of different ways, and if you’re a teacher trying to do the best you can for the one child with SPD in your class, it can be tough to know what the correct approach is. That said, every child deserves the chance to succeed in education, and teachers who make an effort to understand the struggles that the child is facing could have a powerful, positive impact on that child’s experience of school.

What is sensory processing disorder?

Broadly speaking, there are three main disorders that are collectively known as SPD:

IARA Nominations 2016

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Special Awards Recipients:

Anna Kennedy OBE – Best Humanitarian Award 2016

Joshua Kane – Best Designer 2016

Atiha Sen Gupta – Best Playwright 2016

John Bryne – Best Contribution to Arts & Diversity 2016

Khali Best – Youngest Achievement Award Film & Television 2016 

Moelogo – Best UK-Afrobeat Artist 2016

Jermain Jackman – Inspirational Music Artist of The Year 2016 

Racquel Smith – Best Fashion Model 2016

Bmystireo – Best Emerging African Artist

Sarah Jagger – Best Makeup Artist 2016 

Carmel Britto – Outstanding Contribution to Youth Development

A MUM from Middlesbrough has won fresh recognition for her pioneering support for children with autism.

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World

This internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland, is home to over 250 primates – including the largest group of chimps outside Africa.  Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  At Monkey World, they can all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment, and some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species.  

Six common myths about ADHD dispelled

Re:Cognition Health is keen to dispel common myths about ADHD, which affects around 500,000 school-aged children (5%) in the UK. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a complex neurological condition most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Symptoms can vary but key characteristics are a tendency to talk incessantly, inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.

‘ADHD is a condition that has been and continues to be significantly misunderstood,’ says Dr Dimitrios Paschos, Re:Cognition Health’s psychiatrist specialising in adult ADHD and related disorders. ‘It’s hard for both the public and professionals to move beyond the label of someone just having attention problems or being disruptive at school.’

Dr Paschos reveals some common myths about ADHD: