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Mencap marks 70 years

Mencap marks 70 years with the launch of new online community providing peer-to-peer support for parents of children with a learning disability

 

Survey reveals parents of children with a learning disability are most useful group to provide emotional support to parents

70 years since the Mencap movement began, the charity is launching FamilyHub, a new online community, after parents with a learning disability highlighted how valuable emotional support from other parents is to them.

How will Ioan cope in big school?

Ioan

Mum Paula reflects on a challenging year for her son Ioan, who has Tourette syndrome, and looks ahead to the day he moves on from primary school…

Ioan was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome in September 2015. This year has been particularly hard in understanding the behaviours that go along with the Tourette’s, not just the tics. Not only has he got Tourette syndrome, Ioan also has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and is also thought to have Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s been a long road trying to get a diagnosis for Ioan.

New initiative launched to transform the lives of young offenders

young offender

A ground-breaking new online training programme is being launched which aims to provide the essential support to the many young people with special educational needs (SEN) who are in custody and also those at risk of offending, helping them achieve better outcomes (well-being, education and employment) and substantially reduce their risk of offending or reoffending.

The online learning platform will provide free training and support to every professional in the Youth Justice System to improve practice, reduce offending by young people and improve their educational outcomes.

Fast growing care provider officially launches in Coventry & South Warwickshire

SureCare

A fast growing company which provides care and home services to children and adults in Coventry and South Warwickshire is celebrating its official launch.

The SureCare franchise for Coventry and South Warwickshire was opened in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Lindsley Harvard and Coventry’s Lady Godiva, Pro Porretta, on November 24th.

The franchise is run by Tervinder Bhangal and her husband. Previous to SureCare, Tervinder worked for Coventry City Council as a Social Work Team Manager for the Transition & Children’s Disability Team.

More than 20 staff have already been taken on by the company and they are looking for another 30highly trained and experienced people to join the team over the next 12-18 months.

Omar cooks up a top apprenticeship success story

Omar Zamir

OMAR Zamir is a young man with a huge determination to succeed despite being profoundly deaf.

It is his commitment that has earned him the accolade as the top British Asian apprentice in the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.

He took the award at the end of a gala evening on November 10, in Birmingham to celebrate the very best of apprentices from the British Asian community.

The awards have been established to encourage more young British Asians to take up apprenticeships. Apprentices are vital to future economic prosperity but there is an under representation of Asians taking up apprenticeships and this needs to change.

In order to inspire others the Asian Apprenticeship Awards showcase the very best apprentices from this community.

Help a generation meet its potential this christmas

#SeeMyPotential Christmas

Leading North West charity, the Together Trust is launching its #SeeMyPotential Christmas appeal today (29 November 2016) to help level the playing field for some of the most disadvantaged young people, vulnerable adults and their families.

75% of people in Great Britain agree that young people and adults with disabilities generally have less opportunities in life compared to those without a disability*, the Together Trust is here to change that. The #SeeMyPotential appeal asks the public to help support and value people with complex health needs, autism and disabilities and realise their potential.

ECR MEP Helga Stevens calls for better statute for sign language interpreters in Europe

sign language interpreters in Europe

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a resolution which calls, among other things, for a better statute for sign language interpreters in Europe. "Due to the vague statute there is a clear shortage of sign language interpreters. Many deaf people are unable to fully take part in society.

This resolution is a milestone for deaf people and sign language interpreters alike and constitutes an important policy at regional, national and European level," says ECR MEP Helga Stevens. There are more than a million sign language users in the European Union, but there are only 6,500 sign language interpreters.

Curve to host two major events around special educational needs

major events

Curve is to host two major Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) events; Local Offer Live on the 24 January 2017 and Pathways on the 25 January 2017.

Local Offer Live will be held at Curve for its third year running and will once again showcase services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities as well as carers, parents, service providers and SEND professionals across Leicester and Leicestershire.  

There is an alternative way to address social mobility

Professor Sonia Blandford is speaking out about the urgent need to change our way of thinking to address social mobility, to include, value and improve outcomes for children and young people experiencing challenge, needs and disadvantage.

We must address the ever decreasing opportunity to break the cycle of disadvantage; new thinking and new leadership is needed now.

Bett 2017: Supporting SEN innovations

children at Bett

The national association for special educational needs, nasen, is partnering with Bett 2017, which is returning to ExCeL London from 25-28 January. nasen is the UK’s leading professional association embracing all special and additional educational needs and disabilities, and you’ll find them at stand SN90 at Bett. Membership of nasen is an invaluable source of advice, offering an exclusive range of benefits to support the education network in the delivery of high quality inclusive practice.

Access at the National Theatre

National Theatre

On Demand. In Schools – Captioned Productions

The National Theatre productions available through the On Demand. In Schools programme, the NT’s digital initiative offering acclaimed curriculum-linked productions free of charge to primary and secondary schools across the country, are now fully captioned by STAGETEXT. 

On Demand. In Schools enables every primary and secondary school in the UK to access world-class theatre on demand in the classroom, with one third of all state secondary schools already signed up to the free digital programme. Captioning enables deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing pupils and teachers to access the initiative. 

Shining a light on communication

School are invited to enter the Shine a Light Awards 2017, to recognise the contributions of those who support children and young people’s speech, language and communication. 

The Communication Trust and Pearson joined forces to launch the fifth Shine a Light Awards to reward teams, settings and individuals across England working in the field of communication. 

The awards feature 10 categories and includes a new award for SEN School, or Group of the Year, highlighting the exceptional work carried out in SEND schools and colleges across the country.

College gets creative with the royal exchange theatre

Codes at college

Students from a specialist college in Openshaw have been taking part in Creative Codes – a collaborative, school-led project in response to the Royal Exchange Theatre’s production, Breaking the Code.

Young adults from Bridge College which supports students up to 25 years with learning difficulties and disabilities, complex needs, communication disorders and autism, have been combining the forces of maths and art to create amazing artwork hiding secret messages about equality.

The charity which runs the college, Together Trust, believes that everybody deserves an equal chance in life which aligns perfectly with the project.

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

cyber security

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.