Newly published guidance for visitors to Parliament with autism

Over one million people visit Parliament each year and new guidance has been published to help for visitors with autism.

The Parliamentary Estate is spread out over many buildings. It includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords that make up the Palace of Westminster, as well as other buildings such as Portcullis House on the opposite side of Bridge Street.

The advice for those on the autism spectrum covers what they will see, hear and do on their journey through Parliament.

John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “We are committed to making it as easy as possible for people to discover the Houses of Parliament, and I am delighted to see this new guide published. 

Chichester College uses Active IQ health and fitness qualification to support PDBW

Chichester College is successfully delivering the Active IQ Entry Level Award in the Principles of Health & Fitness to its students to support some of Ofsted’s criteria for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (PDBW).

Rob Giles, Head of Department for Sport & Public Services at Chichester College, is familiar with Active IQ whose courses he has offered for many years within his department.  When he was tasked by his senior leadership team to find a course or qualification that students could complete to support the OFSTED criteria for PDBW, he sought the advice of James Clack, Active IQ Business Development Manager.

Good news for deaf apprentices as sign language is recognised as English equivalent

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Deaf young apprentices are to benefit from policy changes in the workplace.

Currently all apprentices must pass English functional skills tests before they can complete a course, which has proven difficult for many deaf applicants. It has now been revealed that British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications will soon be accepted as an alternative.

Skills Minister, Robert Halfon MP, said: “I am committed to breaking down barriers to ensure people of all ages and all backgrounds get on the ladder of opportunity through an apprenticeship.

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PC Werth. Creating a Sound Learning Environment

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Our portable and fixed Soundfield systems are designed to help the smallest classroom to the largest hall. Exceptional sound clarity of both soundfield systems means that the teacher’s voice is evenly distributed around the classroom with no dropouts or interference leading to less voice strain, pupils’ higher engagement and classroom performance.


Caudwell Children to attend Europe’s biggest disability trade fair


Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is to attend the Naidex National Exhibition, Europe’s biggest disability trade fair.

It will take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, from Tuesday 28th March until Thursday 30th March, 2017. Doors are open from 10am until 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 10am until 4pm on Thursday. Admittance to the event is free.

The exhibition attracts visitors from across the UK, eager to find out more about the current approaches to childhood disability, and the state-of-the-art technology that is now available to disabled children.

Andy Murray invites digital health inventions from Scots teens

Andy Murray

·       World No1 will judge winners of the inaugural #TeenTechChallenge, in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health and Care Institute, sponsored by Sopra Steria

·       Aim is to find breakthroughs in digital health and care and inspire future generation of innovators

·       Entries open to teenagers aged 14-17 years attending Scottish high schools, youth groups and further education colleges

Freemasons give £20,000 for dyslexic children in Bracknell

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The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded £20,000 to the British Dyslexia Association to fund the Help Children to Shine project, which provides out of school literacy support for children with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Bracknell is the latest area to be chosen for Help Children to Shine, following successful programmes in London, Manchester and the Midlands. 

PET-Xi wins £1.1m contract to support unemployed and disengaged young people in Warwickshire


Committed to providing 15-24 year olds with a more positive future

Coventry-based PET-Xi, leading provider of intensive results-based educational interventions which positively impact learner progress, has won a £1.1m contract to support 780 young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in Warwickshire during the next three years.

Following its appointment as a prime deliverer for the Department for Work and Pensions, PET-Xi, in conjunction with its strategic partner Warwickshire County Council, has developed its barrier-breaking ‘Positive Futures’ programme to assist any 15-24 year old in Warwickshire who is currently NEET or is at risk of becoming so. 

Careers Week at KidZania London

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“Children can only be what they know exists.” Dr Ger Graus OBE 18th – 20th January 2017

Careers Week

KidZania Careers Week is BACK due to it’s unprecedented success in September 2016! Help take the experience of learning further connecting children with industry professionals. Our aim is to not only inspire, but educate children in an immersive and empowered environment.
From pilots and surgeons, to a range of real-life professionals from our partners across a broad range of industries including British Airways, Roland, Dorsett, Al Jazeera, Global Radio, Hamptons, Grey London, Cadbury, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the event will offer a unique insight into the working-world for children.

Special Guests

Together Trust’s service director awarded MBE

Jill Sheldrake and Tricia Davenport

The Together Trust’s Service Director, Jill Sheldrake, has been awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year honours list for services to looked-after children in the North West.

Jill has worked for the leading North West charity for twenty years, originally known as the Boys and Girls Welfare Society.

Fully embracing the mindset of making a positive difference through a number of care roles, Jill was promoted to become a manager of one of the charity’s children’s homes and went on to qualify as a social worker.  Her commitment and outstanding leadership skills in each of her roles saw Jill promoted to become the charity’s service director in 2014.