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Timber’s suitability for SEN builds

SEN builds

“When school leaders consider whether a timber build is right for their SEN school or project, they might be interested to hear about the factors behind timber’s growing popularity in this niche sector and its ability to enhance the pupils’ experience.”

Gareth Barber – MD of The Stable Company.

Timber SEN builds in practice - Keelman’s Way School, Hebburn

Keelman’s Way School is a special school that provides Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education for children with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties.

Built in an urban area, Keelman’s Way required additional space to provide changing facilities for its disability football team, combined with teaching space that would help to meet outdoor learning objectives.

University of Bath partners with FutureLearn to broaden understanding of how technology can support children with autism

University of Bath

The course on ‘Smart-ASD: Matching autistic people with technology resources’ is open now for enrolment and starts in April to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day

FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform, today announces with its partner, the University of Bath, the upcoming launch of their course: Smart-ASD: Matching autistic people with technology resources.

Misdiagnosis of SEN in schools means children with real problems are overlooked, teachers warn

pupils in the classroom

Well over half of teachers think parental pressure is leading to children without special educational needs being misdiagnosed while those with genuine problems miss out.

A large majority of teachers (57 per cent) think there is a misdiagnosis of SEN in children, according to the survey from GL Assessment, with a similar proportion (54 per cent) blaming parental pressure. Barely a quarter of teachers (26 per cent) say misdiagnosis isn’t an issue.

Over three-fifths of teachers (62 per cent) think those with genuine needs are missing out because resources are being diverted to children that don’t really need help, with less than a fifth (18 per cent) disagreeing.

Inscape student stands as youth parliamentary candidate for Stockport

Beth Smith

Inscape student Beth Smith is standing as a candidate for youth parliament to give a voice to young people in Stockport.

Inscape is a specialist school catering for children and young people aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

Beth, 17, will be campaigning to create more awareness of mental health and the issues that can affect young people, positive body image and LGBT equality.

She is also supporting the youth parliament’s campaign to reduce the vote to 16 and create a curriculum for life, equipping young people with the skills for life outside the classroom.

She has been attending youth council meetings for the past six months, but it will be her first time standing for a seat.

Saddles Riding Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

Saddles Riding Centre

Saddles Riding School, based in Bexley, Kent, is holding a special event in support of Disabled Access Day. 

Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to consider taking part in horse riding activities and learn about the benefits of spending time with horses.

Taking place from 10 – 12 March, 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.

10 ways natural playgrounds help benefit children’s development

Children in playground

Playgrounds aren’t just about entertainment – they’re a key part of a child’s development. From confronting danger with climbing structures to social skills garnered by interaction in a play environment, playing outside helps children grow.

Natural playgrounds and adventure playgrounds, built using wood, stone, sand and water, are a growing trend thanks to their sustainability and their suitability in a wide variety of landscapes. Put simply, they blend more seamlessly into different environments – from National Trust parks to school yards. However, the natural elements of play also benefit children’s development. Here’s how:

10. Versatility

RGB selects Children’s Hospice South West as its 2017 chosen charity

Mark Randle

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce it has selected Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as its chosen charity and will be fundraising for the cause throughout 2017. 

Having had a phenomenal response to its Christmas Present Appeal in aid of CHSW at the end of 2016, when in excess of 250 gifts were donated by RGB customers and staff, the builders merchant is looking forward to continuing its support. 

This year RGB staff are taking part in a number of CHSW fundraising activities and will also be holding regular events to boost the amount raised. 

To kick-start the campaign RGB’s Health & Safety Manager Mark Randle is taking part in the Concept 2 201

Inspiring Finchley project up for National Autism Award

Finchley project

‘Taking Steps to be the best you can be’

A Finchley social enterprise promoting the life skills and independence of young autistic people has been shortlisted for the National Autistic Society's (NAS) prestigious Autism Professionals Awards.

Footprints Life Camp, based at The Holmewood School London in Finchley, is one of two finalists in the Award for Most Creative Community Project. They were shortlisted by an independent panel of 10 autism experts who judged them on their innovation, creativity, impact and sustainability.

Support for disabled students to succeed

A report produced by a group of higher education bodies is to help universities and other institutions support disabled students.

The Department for Education has published a new report which provides best practice guidance to help universities, colleges and independent higher education providers support their disabled students.

It encourages providers to look at how they can offer the best possible environment for disabled students to pursue their studies.

Riding opportunities for disabled riders in the local community

disabled riders

Here we meet Lisa Todd, owner of Barguse Riding Centre, and find out how she became passionate about teaching disabled riders and how Accessibility Mark is benefiting riders at the centre.

Helping Riders Fulfil their Potential

Barguse Riding Centre based in Lockengate, Cornwall, was established by Lisa Todd and her husband Alistair in 2007. After running a livery yard for many years, training and schooling clients’ horses and teaching in her spare time, Lisa decided to set up her own riding school with the aim of helping other riders to fulfil their potential.

Lisa’s own knowledge has been gained through training with some inspirational instructors, including the late Franz Rochowansky, former Chief Rider of The Spanish Riding School. 

Artists with autism come together to showcase their creative talents

Artistic Spectrum

Young and gifted artists with autism from across the country will be showcasing their work at the Red Gallery in London from 17th February.Artistic Spectrum will display pieces of art from over 20 artists with autism and the exhibition runs until 26th February. Any work sold at the exhibition, 15% of any profits will go to Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism.

Showcasing Mobile Magic Carpet, new App Store, Magic Carpet for mainstream users, plus Magic Mirror prototype debut

St Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary School in Hartfield

Specialists in the design and installation of sensory environments, gesture controlled software and inclusive learning technology, Sensory Guru has announced the Bett debut of its new mobile version of Magic Carpet, an app-based interactive projection system that stimulates and engages people of all ages and abilities, as well as the new Magic Carpet app store containing thousands of new apps for the product.

The company is also at Bett to demonstrate Magic Carpet’s new content for 2017, which has been specifically designed for mainstream students. Sensory Guru is additionally showcasinga prototype of an exciting new concept, Magic Carpet’s Magic Mirror, which uses augmented reality technology to create a truly immersive user experience.

Newly published guidance for visitors to Parliament with autism

Over one million people visit Parliament each year and new guidance has been published to help for visitors with autism.

The Parliamentary Estate is spread out over many buildings. It includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords that make up the Palace of Westminster, as well as other buildings such as Portcullis House on the opposite side of Bridge Street.

The advice for those on the autism spectrum covers what they will see, hear and do on their journey through Parliament.

John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “We are committed to making it as easy as possible for people to discover the Houses of Parliament, and I am delighted to see this new guide published. 

Chichester College uses Active IQ health and fitness qualification to support PDBW

Chichester College is successfully delivering the Active IQ Entry Level Award in the Principles of Health & Fitness to its students to support some of Ofsted’s criteria for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (PDBW).

Rob Giles, Head of Department for Sport & Public Services at Chichester College, is familiar with Active IQ whose courses he has offered for many years within his department.  When he was tasked by his senior leadership team to find a course or qualification that students could complete to support the OFSTED criteria for PDBW, he sought the advice of James Clack, Active IQ Business Development Manager.