Good news for deaf apprentices as sign language is recognised as English equivalent

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Deaf young apprentices are to benefit from policy changes in the workplace.

Currently all apprentices must pass English functional skills tests before they can complete a course, which has proven difficult for many deaf applicants. It has now been revealed that British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications will soon be accepted as an alternative.

Skills Minister, Robert Halfon MP, said: “I am committed to breaking down barriers to ensure people of all ages and all backgrounds get on the ladder of opportunity through an apprenticeship.

PC Werth. Creating a Sound Learning Environment

PC Werth. Creating a Sound Learning Environment

PC Werth are the UK's leading supplier of classroom audio solutions. We specialise in providing the best learning environments for education, by combing the very latest technology in sound amplification with our acoustic solutions. We also have a wealth of experience in Personal FM Systems which bring the sound directly to student’s hearing aids, enabling them to fully participate in lessons.
Our portable and fixed Soundfield systems are designed to help the smallest classroom to the largest hall. Exceptional sound clarity of both soundfield systems means that the teacher’s voice is evenly distributed around the classroom with no dropouts or interference leading to less voice strain, pupils’ higher engagement and classroom performance.


Caudwell Children to attend Europe’s biggest disability trade fair


Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is to attend the Naidex National Exhibition, Europe’s biggest disability trade fair.

It will take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, from Tuesday 28th March until Thursday 30th March, 2017. Doors are open from 10am until 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 10am until 4pm on Thursday. Admittance to the event is free.

The exhibition attracts visitors from across the UK, eager to find out more about the current approaches to childhood disability, and the state-of-the-art technology that is now available to disabled children.

Andy Murray invites digital health inventions from Scots teens

Andy Murray

·       World No1 will judge winners of the inaugural #TeenTechChallenge, in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health and Care Institute, sponsored by Sopra Steria

·       Aim is to find breakthroughs in digital health and care and inspire future generation of innovators

·       Entries open to teenagers aged 14-17 years attending Scottish high schools, youth groups and further education colleges

Freemasons give £20,000 for dyslexic children in Bracknell

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The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded £20,000 to the British Dyslexia Association to fund the Help Children to Shine project, which provides out of school literacy support for children with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Bracknell is the latest area to be chosen for Help Children to Shine, following successful programmes in London, Manchester and the Midlands. 

PET-Xi wins £1.1m contract to support unemployed and disengaged young people in Warwickshire


Committed to providing 15-24 year olds with a more positive future

Coventry-based PET-Xi, leading provider of intensive results-based educational interventions which positively impact learner progress, has won a £1.1m contract to support 780 young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in Warwickshire during the next three years.

Following its appointment as a prime deliverer for the Department for Work and Pensions, PET-Xi, in conjunction with its strategic partner Warwickshire County Council, has developed its barrier-breaking ‘Positive Futures’ programme to assist any 15-24 year old in Warwickshire who is currently NEET or is at risk of becoming so. 

Careers Week at KidZania London

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“Children can only be what they know exists.” Dr Ger Graus OBE 18th – 20th January 2017

Careers Week

KidZania Careers Week is BACK due to it’s unprecedented success in September 2016! Help take the experience of learning further connecting children with industry professionals. Our aim is to not only inspire, but educate children in an immersive and empowered environment.
From pilots and surgeons, to a range of real-life professionals from our partners across a broad range of industries including British Airways, Roland, Dorsett, Al Jazeera, Global Radio, Hamptons, Grey London, Cadbury, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the event will offer a unique insight into the working-world for children.

Special Guests

Together Trust’s service director awarded MBE

Jill Sheldrake and Tricia Davenport

The Together Trust’s Service Director, Jill Sheldrake, has been awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year honours list for services to looked-after children in the North West.

Jill has worked for the leading North West charity for twenty years, originally known as the Boys and Girls Welfare Society.

Fully embracing the mindset of making a positive difference through a number of care roles, Jill was promoted to become a manager of one of the charity’s children’s homes and went on to qualify as a social worker.  Her commitment and outstanding leadership skills in each of her roles saw Jill promoted to become the charity’s service director in 2014.

Ashcroft school receives generous donation

The Together Trust’s Ashcroft School has received a generous £70,000 donation from the Hillcrest Grammar Educational Trust.

The funds will be used by the specialist school in Cheadle to support children and young people who have struggled to cope in other settings due to their individual barriers to learning or complex emotional needs including ADHD, ASC and brain injuries.

Eileen Sheerin, Head Teacher at Ashcroft School, said: “We are hugely grateful to Hillcrest for this substantial donation, the money will go toward the refurbishment of our Nurture Group and will allow us to send some of our young people to France as part of a history project.”

RDA Tracker Working to Help Riders Achieve Their Goals at Divoky Riding School

child on horse

A revolutionary tracking programme is helping riders at a Somerset Riding school to identify their objectives for the future. 

The RDA Tracker programme is being used at Divoky Riding School, in SheptonMallet and has already proved beneficial when looking at targets and goals to assist them in their progression.

The Tracker is a simple to use holistic tool to measure progress delivered through riding that has been successfully used in RDA Centres and has now been rolled out to commercial riding establishments that have Accessibility Mark accreditation.

Riders are accessed in six different key areas, communication, physical changes, relationships, horsemanship, confidence and enjoyment.

The Education Show returns!

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The Education Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 16 to 18 March 2017 to showcase the latest innovative ideas, resources and insights available. Now in its 27thyear, it has become the recognised event for educators wishing to find out how to make their school an even more inspirational place to teach and learn, and those wanting to keep up to date with the latest developments in education.

This year’s show welcomes a number of education visionaries who will be speaking across four different theatres. Visitors are invited to be inspired, gain key insights and share their thoughts on some of the most challenging topics currently facing educators.

DAC Beachcroft LLP joins forces with Bristol Music Trust to boost inclusive music making in the city

Music making

Music making opportunities for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is given a boost, thanks to a new partnership announced today (14 December) between Bristol Music Trust and DAC Beachcroft LLP. 

The leading international law firm will support Bristol Music Trust’s inclusive arts education programme, A New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence.
The programme aims to develop a sustainable and long-term strategy that delivers a high-quality, inclusive music offer to those in most need, setting a new standard of excellence for music education in the Greater Bristol area.

Students rock at band on the wall gig

Pupils from the Together Trust’s Ashcroft School today performed at Band on the Wall in Manchester (Thursday 8 December) as part of their exciting Collaborate and Listen project.

The specialist school in Cheadle supports children and young people who have struggled to cope in other settings, due to their individual barriers to learning orcomplex emotional needs.

Pupils have been producing music including writing lyrics, singing, instrumental work, DJing and learning about different roles within the music industry.

Booking now open: relaxed performance of peter pan     

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Olivier Theatre, Saturday 21 January, 2pm



Saturday 21 January, 11am, Duffield Studio 


Saturday 11 February, 11.30am, Cottesloe Room


A co-production with Bristol Old Vic.  Devised by the Companies, based on the works of JM Barrie

All children, except one, grow up... 

Changing mindsets at Bett 2017:

EDLounge to unveil two exciting new resources  

• EDLounge to unveil two exciting new resources at Bett 2017: EDExam and EDQuals

• EDExams is an all-in-one online exam and assessment platform that allowsany size organisation or governing body requiring the use of online examinations to create their own examination.

• EDQuals is a pioneering assessment, coursework and verification portal that can be used by any school, educational organisation, training provider or governing body.


Wyevale Garden Centres are hosting fantastic Christmas events for children

Wyevale Garden Centres are hosting fantastic Christmas events for children


From now until Christmas Eve, Wyevale Garden Centres are hosting some fantastic, family-friendly seasonal events each weekend.

Tickets are on sale for Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas, which offers kids the chance to get into the festive spirit by enjoying a lovely meal with Santa himself. If you opt for the breakfast option, your children will be served a hot meal made up of a pork sausage (vegetarian option available), hash brown, fried egg, baked beans, and unlimited squash, while you can enjoy a full English breakfast, too.

200 Guide Dogs & White Canes Galore

Daniel Williams

Daniel featured on BBC Saints and Scroungers talking about his experience of dealing with his eye condition (Retinitis Pigmentosa) from a young age. He talks about the bullying he faced at school and how bullies used his visual impairment to take advantage. His mum describes the difficulty of watching her son tackle the highs and lows before diagnosis and her worries and concerns after diagnosis.