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Meeting the needs of introverted students with e-learning

Cypher e-learning – a girl on a computer and blackboard notes

Livia Bran, Content Manager at Cypher Learning, discusses teaching introverted children and how to meet their needs through e-learning...

Introversion can be easily misunderstood, especially in social settings that favor the extrovert ideal. Schools are a great example of such a setting, with group papers, oral presentations and participation points being the norm. Those students who have a quiet nature and prefer individual work are often dismissed as not-that-great students.

Power Up+: A digital tool to empower young people with SEND to make decisions and promote wellbeing

by Chloe Edridge, research assistant at The Anna Freud Centre

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) must have their voices heard, with their capabilities promoted not assumed. We have been informed by young people, their teachers, carers and clinicians that they want to be active in decisions that affect them, with a call for tools to be able to achieve this.  

Power Up+ is a digital tool to support wellbeing in young people with SEND. It aims to support them in taking an active role in the decisions about their life, facilitate a level of independence and enable their voices to be heard through helping expression of feelings and emotion.

Inside our specialist school – by deputy head Laura Smith

Laura Smith, deputy head at Hillcrest Shifnal specialist school

Laura Smith, Deputy Head of Hillcrest Shifnal specialist school, answers our questions on her school and the education it offers pupils…

Could you tell us a little about the history of Hillcrest Shifnal School?

Hillcrest Shifnal School is a Department for Education-registered independent school operated by Outcomes First Group – a leading specialist provider of education and care services to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs, learning disabilities and SEMH (social, emotional and mental health needs). We have been based in rural Shropshire for just over ten years and during that time have extended the number of students on roll and the range of needs we meet. 

What to keep in mind when teaching pupils with autism

Tania Marshall on teaching pupils with autism

Tania Marshall, M.Sc. – an award-winning author, psychologist, AspienGirl Project lead for girls with Autism or Asperger Syndrome, and Autism Ambassador for Education Placement Group which specialises in education recruitment – discusses best practice for teaching pupils on the autism spectrum, primarily focusing on high-functioning females…

Characteristics of autism in girls and boys and presentation in school 

Girls and boys with autism present quite differently to one another in school – and also across the lifespan. Generally speaking, both differ in terms of the severity of their symptoms, personality, IQ, social skills, sensory processing sensitivities, cognitive profile, disorders and learning disabilities. 

Fulham FC footballers wowed by Christmas single created by students with disabilities

Fulham FC footballers at the song launch

Players of Fulham FC were delighted to be among the first to hear ‘Are You Ready for Christmas?’, a Christmas single created by a group of young people attending The Children’s Trust School for children with complex education, health, therapy and care needs. 

Calum Chambers, Floyd Ayite, Cyrus Christie, Joe Bryan, Jean Michael Seri and Aboubakar Kamara joined the young people for a festive music session, and an exclusive preview of the music video that they have created. 

CLOSED - WIN a Skwitch – the device which makes composing music accessible to all!

The Skwitch device

WIN a Skwitch worth £44.95. Here's an inclusive gift idea which will enable people of all abilities to make music! The new hotly-tipped i-phone accessory is called a Skwitch. In a nutshell, it’s an inclusive pocket-sized electronic musical instrument that fits into your palm and allows you to make music at the touch of a button.

The device was created by the pioneering UK company Skoogmusic and is on sale via Apple and Amazon with an RRP of £44.95. There is nothing quite like it on the market – children can jam along with songs, compose and mix new tunes by connecting to apps and even use it to explore coding. 

Moti-Lab water play benefits SEND children of all abilities

Moti-Lab in action with a child

Education For Everybody editor Victoria Galligan speaks to Moti-Lab founder Richard O’Neill about his invention and how the resource is ideally suited to children with additional needs.

If you’ve ever seen children playing outside with water, you’ll know how hard it is to tear them away from their work – they’re fully engaged, enjoying the sensory experience and learning how the water flows, exploring how it affects objects and how they can change its effects and generally having a blast splashing and pouring.

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.