Education

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Bett show resources

This year’s Bett Show is taking place in January at the ExCeL in London. With 850 leading companies attending, Bett – the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape – promises to showcase 103 exciting new edtech start-ups and bring together over 34,700 attendees from the global education community.

They come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.

Here, we take a look at just a handful of the exciting products and services on show at Bett, to help you decide how to plan your day.

Music and Drama Expo is sure to hit the right note

Music drama expo

The Music & Drama Education Expo has an array of workshops on offer for special needs teachers, with sessions on accessible orchestras, inclusive ensembles and healing through music. 

The London Olympia show takes place in February and promises to deliver over 80 workshops and seminars, a comprehensive exhibition showcasing products and services from over 150 performing arts organisations, and the chance to network with 2,500 music and drama teachers from over 40 countries.

Applications open to create 1,600 new SEND free school places

Applications open to create 1,600 new SEND free school places

More than 1600 SEND (special educational needs and disability) school places will be created across England as the government opens applications to run new free schools. 

Nineteen local authorities will be accepting applications to run the SEND schools as part of the government's ambitious free schools programme, which aims to provide high-quality provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Schools face uncertainty as new funding boost creates multimillion pound black hole

Schools face uncertainty as new funding boost creates multimillion pound black hole

Education leaders are questioning what lies in store over the next academic year after the education secretary makes an additional £1.3bn available to spend on core schools funding. 

The announcement comes on the back of months and months of campaigning over funding shortages, as schools across England were forced to make £3bn of cuts. 

However, this latest announcement has revealed a £1.3bn boost over the next two years that will result in schools funding being £2.6bn higher in 2019-20 than in 2017-18. 

Education secretary Justine Greening announced the decision yesterday and confirmed that the money will be freed up from within the existing education budget - not from any new money from the Treasury. 

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:

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.  

Breakthrough technologies in ADHD intervention and diagnosis

ADHD Foundation working with two med-tech companies to launch and pilot breakthrough technologies in ADHD intervention and diagnosis

 

Revolutionary new technologies to help with the management of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) will be launched and piloted by leading ADHD charity, ADHD Foundation, for the first time in the UK. 

Sense responds to news of Labour early years taskforce

National disability charity, Sense, has responded to today’s news that the Labour Party intends to launch an early years taskforce looking into childcare provision and early-years learning.

The taskforce, announced by shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, as part of this year’s Labour Party Conference, will aim to ensure that all children and parents have access to quality, affordable childcare.

Together Trust shortlisted for children and young people award

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North West charity, the Together Trust, has been shortlisted for a Children & Young People Now Award in The Family Support category.

The awards which have become a gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families, showcase best practice from across the country.

Together Trust help over 2,325 people in the North West each year with specialist education, fostering, residential and community support.

This nomination recognises the work of the Together Trust’s ASC Sleep Clinic, which supports families with children and young people with autism to develop healthy sleep routines through tailored sleep programmes and specialist support and advice.

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.