Active IQ Unveils Tech Level Diploma in Physical Activity, Fitness & Exercise Science

A truly vocational course with strong career prospects for school leavers

As school leavers receive their GCSE Results (Thursday August 25, 2016) they must decide on their next steps in education or training.  Some will opt for A Levels while others may look for a job, training programme or apprenticeship to set them on a career path.  

‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ heads to Stockton-on-Tees

‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ heads to Stockton-on-Tees

This year’s ‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ takes place on 16 September at ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, in Stockton-on-Tees.

Showcasing the diverse talents of individuals on the autistic spectrum, the roadshow is a spin-off from Autism’s Got Talent – launched by the autism charity Anna Kennedy Online and created by Anna Kennedy OBE.

AnnaKennedyonline and Daisy Chain Charities are working together again to stage the event, after a successful roadshow last year at Teesside University. Anna Kennedy is patron of Daisy Chain and several key autism charities and support groups.

She said ‘Autism’s Got Talent’ is a special event that is “one of a kind, and is extremely poignant to those with autism and their families. 

Sense welcomes Corbyn’s policy on free universal childcare

Sense welcomes Corbyn’s policy on free universal childcare

However, the deafblind charity has warned the policy is unachievable without sufficient funding for disabled children’s childcare

National deafblind charity Sense today (04 August) responded to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership manifesto in which he announced plans that a Corbyn-led Labour government would introduce free universal childcare.

Head of Public Policy, Kate Fitch said:

Blockbuster films and The Big Friendly Read – how books are making this summer autism friendly

Blockbuster films and The Big Friendly Read – how books are making this summer autism friendly

As some of our favourite literary characters hit the big screen, one charity is asking their autism friendly cinema guests to visit their local library and spread the autism friendly message.

Building on the success of their monthly autism friendly cinema screenings, learning disability and autism support provider, Dimensions, launched autism friendly libraries in partnership with the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. 

By providing training and resources, they hope to see libraries across the country making a few simple adjustments to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for their guests on the autistic spectrum.

Northampton High School is a bright spark with LED lighting

A leading architectural lighting brand from Feilo Sylvania, Concord, has supplied a first-class lighting scheme for the refurbishment of Northampton High School. Concord Glace LED has been installed in the main hall of the school building to create an attractive environment for students, parents and guests and the Kometa 600 luminaires have been used to provide glare-free illumination in the classrooms. 

Northampton High School is an independent school located in the heart of the city and educates girls from pre-preparatory age through to the sixth form. 

Exhibition, Conference, Dinner & Awards

Join your peers at the UK’s leading Education Buildings Exhibition & Conference

Whether your school, college or university is planning to add new buildings, considering refurbishing existing buildings or carrying out ongoing maintenance work, Education Estates is here to help you source the information, solutions, and ideas that you need.

The two day conference programme will provide you with advice, inspiration and guidance, while the exhibition will help you to source the organisations, products, and services that can help you achieve your objectives.

Education Estates is the only event of its kind in the UK, covering the primary, secondary, further, and higher education sectors (the entire education sector under one roof for two days).

Henry’s triple success with school awards after vision boost

Henry’s triple success with school awards after vision boost

Sussex schoolboy Henry Johnston has ended the school year on a high after he was awarded not one but THREE achievement awards.

Henry, 13, attends Tanbridge House School in Horsham and also spends part of his school week at the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School which caters for children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, or complex needs.

Henry received a Headteacher's award for the year and an award in recognition of effort and achievement at Tanbridge House School. 

He also received an award for overall enjoyment and achievement from Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School.

Could you foster a child for Dorset County Council?

Could you foster a child for Dorset County Council?

486 children in Dorset are in the care of the local authority. This number is likely to increase to 500.

Dorset County Council’s fostering service currently has 181 households who are approved foster carers who provide caring, safe and nurturing homes to many of these children.

However, we need more foster carers to ensure all these children can continue to live within their own communities.

An additional 100 fostering households could ensure every Dorset child who needs to live for any period of time with a foster family will be placed close to their community where they have family, friends and can continue to attend school.

Award-winning educational software provides a solution to the note-taking conundrum

Award-winning educational software provides a solution to the note-taking conundrum

Taking notes in lectures is difficult. Trying to understand complex, unfamiliar information while simultaneously capturing all the important points in writing is a challenge for any student.

But for students with disabilities that affect writing, organisation and working memory, taking effective written notes is beyond difficult – it’s a major barrier to learning.

In a recent study, when asked what problems they encounter at university, 95% of students with dyslexia said note taking - more than any other academic requirement (Webster D.M., 2016).

In an education system where most instruction is imparted orally, ineffective note taking is a major handicap. The research is unequivocal: students who take better notes get better grades (Titsworth, 2004).

‘Pokémon Go could ease Type 2 diabetes burden’

‘Pokémon Go could ease Type 2 diabetes burden’

University of Leicester researcher suggests smartphone craze could help challenge rising obesity levels Leading diabetes researchers believe smartphone craze Pokémon Go could be an “innovative solution” to rising obesity levels and chronic disease.  

Millions of people around the world have started to play Pokémon Go, a virtual reality treasure hunt where players must walk to places within the real world and catch, train and battle monsters which appear on their mobile phone screens. Dr Tom Yates, a Reader in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the University of Leicester based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: