Pupils’ artwork to grace walls of prestigious gallery

One of the winning entries from The-Grange School's art competition for World Autism Awareness Week

Manchester Art Gallery to host World Autism Awareness Week exhibition

A school which serves Manchester’s autistic community and their families has joined forces with Manchester Art Gallery to launch an art competition culminating in an exclusive exhibition to mark World Autism Awareness Week (27 March – 2 April). 

The competition was organised by Gorton-based Grange School, and received more than 100 entries from pupils, parents and school staff across Manchester living with autism. Judges are selecting 12 winners who will have their work exhibited in the prestigious gallery.  

Inscape students hosting #BIGBLUEBAKE in celebration of world autism awareness week

Pupils baking

InCafe is hosting a Big Blue Bake to mark this year’s World Autism Awareness Week.

Pupils and staff are inviting the public to join them for afternoon tea with a difference offering guests a selection of blue cupcakes, sponges and cake pops.

The café situated inside Inscape House School, a specialist school for young people with autism spectrum condition, provides pupils with the opportunity to gain essential employability skills.

Students who work at InCafe not only learn culinary skills, but also time keeping, numeracy, problem solving, teamwork and the opportunity to interact with customers.

Headteacher Anne Price said: “Blue is recognised as the international colour to promote autism awareness.

Charity fundraising turns supporters purple

Purple Day sheep race Llwyngwain Fawr

Over a third of the 149 services across England and Wales run by private care-provider Regard are planning local fundraisers for Purple Day (Sunday 26 March) in aid of Epilepsy Action, the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation, with some of them already ahead of the action.

This year sees the ninth celebration of Purple Day, an international annual theme day aimed at dispelling the myths surrounding epilepsy and raising awareness in a positive manner.

Members of Regard’s OWL Town Farm Workshop in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, raised nearly £70 through a variety of fun craft-based activities.

Workshop manager, Helen Ritson, said: “Lots of people tried their hand at hula hoop weaving and added some purple fabric to our still-to-be-completed community collage.

Vitamin D supplements help improve mental performance in young people

Supplements

Supplementing with vitamin D helps adolescents solve cognitively challenging tasks more easily and improves their mental well-being, according to a Norwegian study.

Young people perform better in cognitively challenging tests, have improved mental health and fewer self-reported behavioral problems when their blood levels of vitamin D are higher. Norwegian scientists demonstrated this in an intervention study of 50 male and female volunteers aged 13-14 years who received a vitamin D supplement (D3-Pearls from Pharma Nord) or a placebo. 

Don’t run away from mental health issues- just run!

John Aguilar, Principal of Padworth College

Mental health related issues in young people have been an area of concern over the last few years; in fact the issue appears to be escalating at quite an alarming rate. Over the last five years, 90% of head teachers have reported an increase in mental health problems among pupils and, over the same period, hospital admissions for self-harm have doubled for under 18s. 

Primula cheese and the NSPCC team up with children’s authors to help kids to dream big

Primula cheese and the NSPCC

Children’s authors have backed the Primula Cheese and NSPCC campaign to help kids stay safe from abuse and dream big things for their future.

Primula Cheese are 20% of the profits from their limited edition branded tubes directly to the NSPCC, which will help the charity in its work to protect young people from abuse and neglect and to help victims recover.

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC, said, “Every child is born with hopes for the future but if their head is full of fear, anxiety or loneliness these thoughts can get shunted to the one side. 

The Watford school tackling children’s mental health issues with a pioneering therapy technique

​(L-R) Gemma Williamson, Nicola Furey and Lizzie Butler. Laurance Haines Primary School.

Amidst a myriad of concerns regarding the state of the UK’s mental health sector - including a serious lack of funding and huge waiting times for access to services* - one Watford primary school is leading the way inearly-intervention by championing an informed therapy technique, Drawing and Talking. 

Laurance Haines Primary & Nursery School in West Watford, first employed the therapy method in 2012, when the school’s Nurture Leader, Nicola Furey, undertook the training. She comments: “The course was recommended to me by the Nurture Group Network and it’s been central to the wellbeing of the children at Laurance Haines ever since. We do use a number of therapy methods at the school but without a shadow of doubt, Drawing and Talking is by far the most effective.”

Great Turnout for ‘Disabled Access Day’ Event at Wrea Green Equitation Centre

Disabled Access Day’ Event at Wrea Green Equitation Centre

Wrea Green Equitation Centre, based in between Blackpool and Preston, recently held a successful event to mark Disabled Access Day.

Accessibility Mark joined forces with Disabled Access Day, which aimed at encouraging more disabled people to visit new places and take up new activities such as horse riding.

The Accessibility Mark accredited centre welcomed 20 potential new clients on the day, who thoroughly enjoyed the activities organised to highlight what can be achieved by disabled riders.

Throughout the afternoon visitors were given a guided tour of the yard, where they were encouraged to pat the ponies, before watching a riding demonstration by the centre’s Accessibility Mark riders.

Speech recognition unlocks new opportunities in education for students with special education needs.

DPI software

Alistair Robbie, from Nuance Communications, explains how

Few students relish the end of their holidays and the inevitable return to school, college or university that follows. The start of a new term is an anxious time for students who have a special education needs (SEN) like dyslexia, mindful that it could often hamper their ability to share their ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm for a subject when reading or writing about it.