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World’s longest running U2 tribute band to headline London’s Borderline for Mencap fundraiser

Didn’t manage to get tickets to U2’s sold out world tour?
World’s longest running U2 tribute band to headline London’s Borderline for Mencap fundraiser
Foreword by the cousin of iconic U2 guitarist, Edge

Date: Tuesday 15 December 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Borderline, Manette St, London, W1D 4JB
Tickets: £15, available at SEE Tickets and TicketWeb
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U2 2, the world’s longest running U2 tribute band, will headline London’s legendary Borderline on Tuesday 15 December for a one off show in aid of learning disability charity, Mencap.

Charity launches search for champions across the country

National children’s charity, Young Epilepsy, has launched nominations to find the UK's epilepsy champions.

Now in it’s fourth year, the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards will celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations across the country. The prestigious awards ceremony will take place in May 2016 at London. In previous years celebrities such as Actor Martin Kemp, TV Personality Peter Andre, Athelete Dai Green, Olympic Champion James Cracknell and TOWIE star Ferne McCann have attended and shown support to nominees and winners.

Helping pupils overcome a fear of maths

Ask any pupil about their ‘worst’ subject at school and you will often get the answer, ‘maths’. Many adults will agree - weirdly it’s still socially acceptable to say you are ‘bad at maths’, or ‘not a maths person’. This has got to change and I’m convinced that removing the ‘fear’ around the subject will go a long way towards developing more positive attitudes towards this vital skill.

Schools step up for Slippers for Shelter to help homeless children this Christmas

School children across the country are getting ready to give their old school shoes the boot, and slide on their slippers instead – all in support of children who will be homeless this Christmas. With a shocking 100,000 children in Britain facing the prospect of waking up homeless on Christmas morning, Shelter is calling on schools to take part in their Christmas appeal, Slippers for Shelter. On Friday 4th December, school children can support Slippers for Shelter in three simple steps:

•Wear your slippers into school;

Important reminders for nurses for Bonfire Night burns

The Children’s Burns Trust predicts that this year 500 children and their families will join the growing number of people who will remember bonfire night for the wrong reasons; with firework injuries to the eyes, head or hands.

If children or adults present with firework burns, although no burn is the same, all burn wound management should aim to:
• Promote spontaneous healing
• Prevent further tissue loss
• Prevent infection
• Provide optimal conditions for surgery, if required
• Be as pain free as possible
• Be acceptable to the patient.
These aims are achieved through:
• Pain management
• Wound cleansing
• Wound debridement, including blister de-roofing
• The use of wound dressings.
Cleansing

Leading charities warn of funding crisis in vital disabled children’s services

New research published today by the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign shows more than half of local authorities have cut spending on short breaks (respite services) for families with disabled children since 2011/12. The research also shows that families are reporting it is more difficult to access short breaks.   The consortium of charities are warning of the economic and social consequences if local authorities are forced to make further cuts to short breaks services and are calling on the Chancellor to renew the government’s commitment to investing in short break services in this autumn’s spending review as he did in 2010.

NEW SERVICE LAUNCHED TO SUPPORT TEACHERS OF BLIND LEARNERS

Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation will today launch a new service to support teachers in mainstream schools who have visually impaired children in their classroom. The Royal Blind Learning Hub will provide training, support, advice and workshops to all those involved in the education of visually impaired children and young people across Scotland.

Sense is calling for visions of the future from deafblind people

National deafblind charity, Sense, 60:60 Vision campaign seeks to explore what deafblind and multi-sensory impaired (MSI)people want the world to be like in sixty years time. The charity is calling on deafblind people, their families and supporters to share their visions of the future for deafblind people.

The campaign forms part of the charity’s 60th anniversary year in which the organisation is celebrating achievements made to date, as well as looking to the future to envisage what changes could be made to improve the lives of deafblind people.

Ambitious about Autism host seminar on The Care Act 2014 in Holborn

Ambitious about Autism, the leading national charity for children and young adults with autism, are holding a seminar for parent, carers and professionals on the Care Act 2014 and the law on social care, on Thursday October 15th at St Albans Centre, Holborn, London.

The law concerning how adults (18+) with disabilities are cared for, and the rights of carers, has changed with the implementation of the Care Act 14. The new Act gives carers considerably strengthened rights to support. The seminar is relevant for parents and carers of young people aged 16+ and the professionals who support them. It is heavily subsidised for parents and carers (£10 including lunch) and promises to be a really useful event with a range of speakers including:

New Music Centres to Open in Bristol

Two new Music Centres open their doors this week as part of a city-wide education programme to support 10,000 young people learn, play and perform music. Bristol Plays Music, the city’s music education hub based at Colston Hall, set-up the new facilities in response to demand for more places to join a choir, band, ensemble or orchestra. They are at Bristol Music Centre South, based at Merchants’ Academy covering the south of the city, and the Bristol Centre for Young Musicians at Bristol Cathedral Choir School based in the city centre.

National deafblind charity Sense is offering free yoga, swimming and football

National deafblind charity Sense is running accessible, free exercise sessions for young people and adults aged 16 and over with sight and hearing impairments. Participants will have the chance to try yoga, swimming or football and have fun in a friendly environment. All activities take place at accessible venues and parents, carers and support workers are welcome to join in as well.

Half of Parents Will Take Their Kids Out of School for Holidays Over Next 12 Months

New research by an online travel agency in the UK has revealed that half of parents with children aged between 4 and 16 plan to take them out of school during term time for a holiday; with 82% saying that they would be prepared to pay a fine. The majority stated that they didn't think time out of school would affect their youngster's education in the long run.

Half of parents with children aged between 4 and 16 years old in the UK are prepared to face potential fines over the next year, after admitting that they plan to take their children out of school for a holiday during term time. The majority of these, 91%, will do so in order to save money on their family trip; whilst 24% admitted to doing the same during the last school year.

New Schools Network wants parents to have the right to sack failing heads 

The New Schools Network is calling for greater power to be put into the hands of parents when their local school is failing to perform. A new ‘parental trigger’ would allow parents to voice their dissatisfaction and set in motion change, ranging from an immediate action plan through to a change in leadership.

The charity that sets up free schools is to put forward the idea in a submission to the Parliamentary Education Select Committee. Nick Timothy, director of the New Schools Network said: “Free schools are putting parents in charge, because they’re giving parents more choice about where to send their children to school.

“But there needs to be more accountability in the system so parents can get the change they want when a local school is failing.

New Vision Screening Programme for Primary Schools

A ground-breaking New Vision Screening Programme for primary schools has been launched to help the one million children who have undiagnosed eye conditions in the UK.

The programme is a completely free and quick online assessment system and accompanying toolkit that school personnel, such as teachers, school nurses or administrators, can use to vision screen children.

The Boots Opticians Schools Vision Screening system checks visual acuity to help identify vision defects including amblyopia, refractive error and strabismus.

Once the screening is complete, at the press of a button a letter is produced that advises parents whether their child needs a referral to an opticians or not.

Schools sign up for online safety tool to help parents

A new online tool for schools across the country aims to give parents the best advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life.

Parent Info, offers a wealth of information – from help to understand teenage text messages, to spotting the warning signs of self-harm, having a healthy body image and managing money in a digital world.

As well as giving parents the confidence and support to speak to their children on such sensitive issues, the department for education say it will also provide parents with pathways for where they can go for more hands on support on specific issues.

Up to 550 schools are already hosting the new government-funded site and the site itself has had 48,000 page views in the past month.

Ravensbourne Special School Honoured by Jeans for Genes Day Charity

SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS AND SENCOS URGED TO TAKE PART IN THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF JEANS FOR GENES DAY THIS SEPTEMBER

Ravensbourne School, which teaches pupils with severe and multiple learning difficulties, has been awarded the Gene Hero Award to honour their remarkable fundraising efforts over the last twenty years for the charity, Jeans for Genes Day.


Latest wave of free schools include centre for pupils with autism

Eighteen new free schools have been announced today in the first wave of free schools for this Parliament, providing 9,000 new school places.

The new schools to be created include a Vocational Learning Free School, in Cheshire, which will help children with severe learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorder.

Announcing the latest pioneering free schools the prime minister David Cameron pledged “not waver” in his commitment to open 500 new free schools over the next 5 years, creating 270,000 school places across the country.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan also called on more groups to “step forward, invest in the next generation and reap the rewards” that opening a free school can bring.