The pioneering day service providing work experience to adults with complex needs


Disguised as your average second hand shop in a south Wales valleys town, The Orb is anything but. Opened in October 2015, The Orb is a pioneering day service on the high street of Porth and is proof that active support for adults with complex needs associated with autism can be made real.

It is an approach to care that puts individuals at the centre of their own developmental pathway, as well as offering them an active role in their community.

Active Support maintains that everyone has the right to a life that is as socially-valued as anyone else’s. The individuals who volunteer and learn at The Orb have complex needs associated with autism and a learning disability.

Liverpool Progressive School

Liverpool Progressive School

Liverpool Progressive School offers high quality person centred education and, where required, residential provision for children and young people from the age of 8 – 19 years. We are co-educational and are the preferred provider for many leading authorities.

We promote our children’s learning via a wide range of experiences and activities including personal, social and health education and the development of leisure, independence and mobility skills.

Liverpool Progressive School is situated in an attractive location in the Liverpool suburb of Walton.

School app helps SEND school improve parental engagement

The Piota school app is used at Kingsdown, which boasts a swimming pool

Parental engagement without disruption: how one school app has helped an SEND setting to connect with families...

Parental engagement can be difficult for most schools, but when children arrive and leave in buses and taxis, speaking to parents is even harder. The Kingsdown School, part of the SEN Trust Southend Multi Academy Trust, supports 120 students up to 14 years of age with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD); 95% have a cognitive ability below pre-reception age.

BBC’s new Education Strategy to encourage social mobility in the UK

BBC’s Education Strategy

James Purnell, Director, BBC Radio and Education has announced BBC’s Education Strategy his intention to focus the BBC’s education mission around improving social mobility across the UK.

Launching the new approach today James Purnell said, “Education has always been part of the BBC’s DNA and we want to renew our commitment to it in this new charter period. We want to work with partners to have a positive impact on people’s lives, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The BBC has consulted extensively with stakeholders in education and business to identify key areas where its content, reach, educational expertise and trusted relationship with audiences could help reduce inequality and do more to support learning for people of all ages.

Advantages of using technology in classrooms

Classroom technology

In today’s age, learning opportunities for students is forever increasing, whether it’s researching information online, or using the latest software programs and tools. Access to information is becoming easier and easier, thanks to classroom technology highly progressing forward.

Comparing to old traditional times and methods, classroom technology has really advanced making it easier when gaining information. Easily access technology at your fingertips, whether you need any programs, tools or receiving information, all can be done instantly and even when you’re away from the computer, smart phones and tablets are able to provide access on the go for students.

Life-changing Stories fund-raiser to help children with additional needs

Life-changing Stories boy with headphones

As youngsters across the country celebrate World Book Day, we take a look at crowdfunding campaign Life-changing Stories which has been launched to bring books and stories to life for children with additional needs.

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books will raise money for the campaign on Crowdfunder UK. The museum and gallery, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, is seeking support in its Life-changing Stories campaign to raise £7,000 to fund a range of fully accessible events and experiences that will allow children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to step into their favourite stories in an inclusive and sensory environment.

Opportunity To Experience Modern Industry Brings Careers To The Classroom

Opportunity To Experience Modern Industry Brings Careers To The Classroom


Lauren Brown – Project Manager, Developing the Young Workforce West Lothian Regional Group

Some of the biggest influencers in a young person’s life, outside a parent or carer, are their teaching and support staff.  A teacher’s guidance is hugely significant, especially in latter school years when career decisions and future choices become increasingly important.

 Rugby Stars Help Youngsters with learning difficulties

 Rugby Stars Help Youngsters with learning difficulties

European rugby champions Saracens are at the forefront of a unique scheme to help young people with learning disabilities.

The Sarries Foundation has  teamed up with sponsors  Alan Day Volkswagen holding touch rugby sessions every week for youngsters between the ages of 11-20-years-old.

They train  for two hours  every week at the Aviva Premiership rugby ground Allianz Park in Hendon, North London.

The popular touch rugby sessions, which are run by  Thomas Gamage,  won the Premiership Rugby BreakThru Award in a glittering ceremony at the House of Commons.

The aim is to improve the participants health, mental wellbeing and to create opportunities in the community.

The Holmewood School won ‘Wellbeing initiative of the year’

The Holmewood School won ‘Wellbeing initiative of the year’ at the prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2018

When The Holmewood School identified a need to actively improve the mental health of its students, it launched a three-year plan, made up of three initiatives that were closely aligned to the needs of its community whilst supporting its mission to ‘Think Differently’.

The North London school in Woodside Park is for 7-19 year olds with autism, and a survey it carried out showed that 87 percent of its pupils felt they would do more schoolwork outside in the fresh air. The forest school was born.