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Learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum 

Children learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum 

Ravenglass Railway Museum is a great place for a school visit. There are many opportunities for learning from the museum, the railway, the site and the community it serves. 

Located in West Cumbria, the Museum tells the story of the historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway which opened in 1875 and still carries 100,000 passengers every year behind beautifully preserved steam locomotives. The museum offers an extensive archive and exhibits that share the history of the line and allows visitors to get up close to the locomotives and coaches. 

Virtual Reality Learning

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The role of virtual reality in classrooms is providing adjustments for students struggling with their mental health.

Mental health problems, such as anxiety, can inhibit someone’s ability to get to school and be physically present during lessons. Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual reality in classrooms can offer a solution for accommodating pupils with mental health issues.

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. 

Stars of ITV’s Doc Martin gather for charity Christmas concert

Popular television couple reunite for longstanding festive celebration to raise money for people with learning disabilities.
 
Actors Martin Clunes, OBE, and Caroline Catz, who portray on-screen couple Martin Ellingham and Louisa Glasson in ITV’s Doc Martin, will be coming together for a candlelit evening of seasonal music and readings at Dorchester Abbey on December 8th 2016.
 
Now in its 22nd year, The Coming of Christmas is a much-loved annual concert organised by Hft, a national charity for people with learning disabilities, of which Martin is a patron.
 

Rise in involvement for people with learning disability issues

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A new twist has been given to the campaign for person-centred care launched earlier this year by The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Following on from Regard’s push for improved focus on service users being at the centre of their own care, the organisation is now calling for learning disability and mental health care provision to be not just person-centred but person-led.

Sandie Foxall-Smith, CEO of Regard, said: “Our ambition is to empower those we support to be fully involved not just in their own care but in the bigger decisions that affect the homes where they live.

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.

Students ‘Get Set’ for Community Action across the UK

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Four years on from London 2012, young people across the UK are harnessing the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, turning inspiration into action within their local communities. 
Over 500 community projects have taken place across the UK in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games showcasing the work of more than 18,500 young people ‘Action Leads’ aged 14-19 who are working to make their communities better and healthier places to live. It’s all part of Get Set for Community Action, a year-long UK-wide programme created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, made possible thanks to a £2.1 million award from the Big Lottery Fund. 

Shiver me timbers they're all talking like pirates at highdowns

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Buccaneers and scallywags waved the Jolly Roger and had fun walking the plank during ‘Talk Like A Pirate’ day at Highdowns, a rural service for people with learning disabilities near Camborne, Cornwall.

Service manager, Jenna Betts, said: “Today is ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ so we’ve all given it a bit of the old heave-ho to plan a fun-filled pirate-themed day as a fundraiser in aid of MIND.

“We were ho-ho-hoping for a good turn-out, having invited quite a number of landlubbers – friends and family – to join us for the day, and we weren’t disappointed.

“Fancy dress was optional, but our service users love the excuse to dress up, so there have been a lot of eye-patches, pirate hats and skulls and cross-bones around today.

Stockport community service celebrates 30th birthday

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A Stockport-based community service has celebrated its 30th anniversary at a birthday party with friends, past and present.

Newbridge, which is run by North West charity the Together Trust, is a community day service for people with learning difficulties offering a diverse range of exciting and varied activities for people aged 18 to 30.

The sun shone on the birthday celebrations which saw staff and people who have accessed the service come together to mark the special occasion with a party filled with singing, dancing and reminiscing over the past three decades.