learning difficulties

FestABLE event to be held at SEND college

Sally Phillips FestABLE

Guest speakers including TVs Sally Phillips will gather for FestABLE on June 2 as part of the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.

Youtubers, assistive technology experts and professionals working with young people who have special educational needs and disabilities will attend the event. 

Young people have helped plan FestABLE’s diverse programme which includes all sorts from the chance to go in the country’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon and play with eye-gaze controlled computer games, to sessions on speech and occupational therapy, Education, Health and Care plans, early autism intervention, SEND reform and removing the barriers to achievement.

Adopting Adaptive Learning: A teacher's Guide

Adaptive Learning

Part of the thriving edtech industry, Adaptive Learning fuses education with IT using computers as interactive learning devices. It presents educational content and resources to the user according to their unique needs.

It’s also veiled in mystery, jargon and scepticism. Hasty investments by Venture Capitalists into half-baked solutions have seen many a school stuck with a learning product rushed to market that ultimately does little to add value to the classroom.

A buzzword and a black hole

Enticingly, adaptive learning promises to feed the technical appetites of the digitally native youth; to deliver incrementally better learning experiences and outcomes; and to relieve busy teachers of the paper work and reporting that cloud their evenings and weekends.

Stepping together to raise £30k

BB Training Academy

National training provider BB Training Academy has today announced the launch of a partnership with charity Step Together, with the aim of raising £30,000.

The funds will be used to help Step Together continue and extend its work providing bespoke volunteering placements to young people that have found themselves excluded from society.

The charity works with disadvantaged adults across the UK to offer them support to boost their work-based skills while increasing their self-esteem and confidence.

BB Training Academy currently has 2,300 learners and staff who will be challenged to hold sponsored walks, runs, bike rides, sky dives and cake sales to raise as much money as possible.

 Rugby Stars Help Youngsters with learning difficulties

 Rugby Stars Help Youngsters with learning difficulties

European rugby champions Saracens are at the forefront of a unique scheme to help young people with learning disabilities.

The Sarries Foundation has  teamed up with sponsors  Alan Day Volkswagen holding touch rugby sessions every week for youngsters between the ages of 11-20-years-old.

They train  for two hours  every week at the Aviva Premiership rugby ground Allianz Park in Hendon, North London.

The popular touch rugby sessions, which are run by  Thomas Gamage,  won the Premiership Rugby BreakThru Award in a glittering ceremony at the House of Commons.

The aim is to improve the participants health, mental wellbeing and to create opportunities in the community.