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:

Blackpool youngsters to receive £10 million boost


Every single one of Blackpool’s 10,937 10-16 year olds is set to receive help thanks to a £10 Million boost from the Big Lottery Fund. Blackpool Council has been successful in its bid of £9,996,247 to the Big Lottery Fund’s HeadStart programme. 

HeadStart is a programme designed to build the resilience of our young residents to help prevent them from developing mental health problems as they get older. In 2014 the council was granted £500,000 to trial a number of initiatives before submitting a bid for the full funding.

Peterborough Rugby Club host ‘Sports Day’ for people with dual sensory impairments and additional learning difficulties

Sense, the deafblind charity, hosted the third annual ‘Sports Day’ event at Peterborough Rugby Union Football Club on Wednesday. Over 50 people participated, all with dual sensory impairments and additional learning disabilities. They were all service users from the Sense run Hampton Resource Centre in Peterborough and Glenside Resource Centre in Spalding.

A wide selection of accessible sports activities took place, including boccia, football slalom, curling and archery.

Deputy Education Services Manager at Sense, Jenny Wheatcroft, said:

Sport England funding will increase sporting opportunities for deafblind people

Grant of £424,958 has been awarded to national deafblind charity, Sense, to fund the ‘Sporting Sense’ project

Sense, the national deafblind charity, has been awarded a grant of £424,958 from Sport England to increase opportunities for people with deafblindness to participate in sport and physical activity through its ‘Sporting Sense’ project. Sense will use the investment to continue developing a wide range of physical activity programmes for England’s growing deafblind population, who are among the hardest to reach within the disability sector.

London school celebrates diversity with TV star and 'JEANS FOR GENES' day ambassador


Pupils from Bacons College, London, welcomed 'Jeans for Genes' Day Ambassador Adam Pearson on July 19 in celebration of the school's annual Diversity Day.

Adam gave pupils a talk about his experience living with a genetic disorder. Adam, who has appeared on TV shows including Beauty and the Beast and Undateables, as well as Hollywood movie Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson, suffers from a genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis, which leaves his face disfigured with benign tumours.

CopriSystems on the ball with sports structures

For many young people, sport is a way to enjoy time with friends while keeping fit and healthy at the same time. Whatever influences children and young people to get active, the unreliable British weather is enough to change their mind and choose entertainment requiring less exercise. However, has a solution for keeping the young ones active all year round.

Lord Mayor to award young people taking a step towards independence

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford will be presenting awards to two young people who have used a special travel training course to support their independence.

Kieron and Harris, who are both 17 years old and attend Beechcliffe Special School, undertook travel training with Bradford Council's Travel Training Unit and have now been travelling independently for six months.

Pioneering study highlights hope for young people living with curvature of spine

A 9-year-old boy from Kent (affected from birth by complex condition known as Sensory Motor Axonal) is helping a British medical manufacturer highlight the benefits one of its most inspiring products, the Postural Scoliosis Suits – developed for young people with curvature of the spine.