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The dyslexia assessment: why I was in tears

Helene Cohen, who was found to have dyslexia at 54

Hélène Cohen from Please Miss is a former SENCO who now trains teachers and advises schools on their SEND provision. She also tutors for the NASCO and iSENCO Masters awards and the NPQ senior and middle leadership qualifications. Here, she discusses with Education for Everybody what happened after she made the decision to be tested for dyslexia  during her doctorate studies, as outlined in her previous blog for Education for Everybody…

The Assessment

Playinnovation create inclusive outdoor spaces

A Playinnovation outdoor area

Education for Everybody spoke to Playinnovation about how their PE and playground equipment is inclusive for children of all abilities.

Innovation at its best 

Children of all ages thrive when their senses are heighted and stimulated but this is especially true when it comes to children with special needs and disabilities. Providing these children with the means to engage, explore, discover, react and have fun outside the classroom setting is priceless and should be an essential part of the daily learning programme. 

The Price of Playing Sports At School

The Price of Playing Sports At School

Children are taking up new sports this school year which is increasing the price of back to school as parents fork out for sports clothing and equipment, according to new research.

A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows that parents spend £54 on average on sports clothing and equipment per child, ahead of the new school year.

In fact, 86% of those surveyed said that their keen kids will take up a new sport this year at school.

The research shows how the cost correlates to the amount of sport kids take up, with children picking up three sports on average per school year.

The person-centred approach to autism

Person-centred approach to autism - Emma Gosling

Emma Gosling, Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist at Options Barton, talks to Education For Everybody about the person-centred approach: an individualistic outlook for children with autism spectrum condition...

When working with an individual with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), it is important to start with a holistic assessment of a person’s cognitive, sensory, motor and communication needs as a first step to positive outcomes. It’s crucial that staff know what’s important to the person, their identified needs, and what’s working or not working from their perspective. This information is gathered from the individual, who is at the centre of the process, as well as the people involved in their lives. This is called a Person-Centred Approach. 

Science goes 3D with high-tech physics book 

physics book

A physics book which offers students 28 ideas for experiments with 3D simulations to complement the practicals is set to shake up science this year. 

While physics is a vital academic backbone to hundreds of different careers, the author feels that a huge disparity exists between students needing to intimately understand the practicalities and results of dozens of experiments, while having very limited access to actual laboratories. It’s something that has been on Dr. Robert J. Lucas’ mind for over a decade, inspiring him to create Advanced Physics Practicals: with 3D Simulations.

Teacher manifesto on how to avoid burnout

editors of teaching manifesto

Amid a climate of low staff morale and a decrease in training applications, a new teacher manifesto is asking the question, “How did we let teacher burn-out happen, and what can we do about it – before it’s too late?”

Flip The System UK: A Teachers’ Manifesto, edited by Lucy Rycroft-Smith and Jean-Louis Dutaut, challenges current practice and urges educators to pull together to tackle the problems of low staff morale. It offers systemic, future-proof and realistic solutions to bringing hope, energy and joy back to the profession. 

SEND pupils develop growth mindset

SEND pupils develop growth mindset

Pupils with SEND are being encouraged by a leading educational psychologist to adopt a growth mindset.

Thousands are missing out on the educational workshops designed to provide pupils of all abilities with the skills they need to adopt a growth mindset, say experts.

In the UK, 14.4% of pupils have specific learning difficulties (SLD), 25% of which also have moderate learning difficulties (MLD). These pupils face huge barriers in mastering numeracy and literacy skills. 

Despite indication of the Government moving in a positive direction to help pupils with SEND, school budget cuts have inevitably meant that there has been a loss of staff and a decrease in extra-curricular activities and resources.

Working together for a Bett-er education

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.

How Safeguarding Training for Adults Could Help Your School

In recent years, safeguarding training has garnered some well-deserved attention as an extremely valuable tool in the fight to keep children safe. Safeguarding training provides staff members with invaluable insight on the forms that abuse and neglect can take, how to recognise signs of abuse in different age brackets, and how to communicate with children about the issue. However, much of the conversation surrounding the benefits safeguarding training up to this point has focused on just that: children. But safeguarding for adults training courses are also steadily on the rise.