WIN a Skwitch – the device which makes composing music accessible to all!

The Skwitch device

WIN a Skwitch worth £44.95. Here's an inclusive gift idea which will enable people of all abilities to make music! The new hotly-tipped i-phone accessory is called a Skwitch. In a nutshell, it’s an inclusive pocket-sized electronic musical instrument that fits into your palm and allows you to make music at the touch of a button.

The device was created by the pioneering UK company Skoogmusic and is on sale via Apple and Amazon with an RRP of £44.95. There is nothing quite like it on the market – children can jam along with songs, compose and mix new tunes by connecting to apps and even use it to explore coding. 

Temprocket: Why the CCS framework could reduce teacher choice and quality

Temprocket's Andrew Johnston

The way the CCS framework has been applied could do schools (and agencies) more harm than good, says TempRocket Founder Andrew Johnston.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) helps to provide commercial services to the Public Sector and save money for the taxpayer by improving government commercial and procurement activity. The CCS framework has recently been applied to the education sector to make it cheaper and easier to recruit full-time teachers. 

New AI software from Lexplore helps identify dyslexia in minutes

Lexplore can detect dyslexia - children reading in class on carpet

Showcased at Bett 2019 for the first time, Lexplore (stand B303) has brought 30 years of research into reading development to create a new tool that will help teachers accurately pinpoint children’s reading attainment. The artificial intelligence software in Lexplore highlights specific eye movement patterns in children which can suggest reading difficulties including dyslexia. This can help teachers identify children who may be struggling with reading in a matter of minutes.

Best Practice Network

Best Practice Network Student & Teacher

Best Practice Network is an experienced and well-established provider of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination (NASENCO) with typically over 100 SENCOs or aspiring SENCOs starting the course with us each year. The qualification is mandatory for newly appointed SENCOs, but can also be excellent CPD for more experienced practitioners who want to refresh their knowledge and skills. Offered in partnership with Bath Spa University, the Award incorporates the Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Coordination from their Professional Master’s Programme, worth the first 60 credits towards a Master’s (MA) degree.

Power Up+: A digital tool to empower young people with SEND to make decisions and promote wellbeing

by Chloe Edridge, research assistant at The Anna Freud Centre

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) must have their voices heard, with their capabilities promoted not assumed. We have been informed by young people, their teachers, carers and clinicians that they want to be active in decisions that affect them, with a call for tools to be able to achieve this.  

Power Up+ is a digital tool to support wellbeing in young people with SEND. It aims to support them in taking an active role in the decisions about their life, facilitate a level of independence and enable their voices to be heard through helping expression of feelings and emotion.

Gratnells award-winning MakerSpace trolley shortlisted for prestigious Education award

Gratnells award-winning MakerSpace trolley

The latest addition to the Callero family of storage solutions, Gratnells MakerSpace trolley is building on a successful launch with the news that it has been named a finalist for a prestigious industry award that highlights and rewards the quality and diversity of education products.

The MakerSpace trolley has been confirmed as a nominee for the GESS Education Awards 2019, in the Innovation Product Awards – Equipment/Hardware/non-ICT category. The award ceremony takes place in February at the leading education show in the Middle East, GESS Dubai, and aims to encourage the raising of educational services and product standards throughout the industry.

Gaming approach in a class of its own...Learn to Play, play to Learn!

Gaming in class

It’s well-documented that children learn more when they’re enjoying themselves so if they’re playing games then the skills they pick up will stick with them!

And that’s the winning ethos behind a formula developed by Imagination Gaming (IG) – using gaming and playing as a key tool in their innovative learning programmes.

Used correctly within a classroom environment, games can allow children to apply the skills taught and develop abilities that will help them through both life and work enhancing every part of their development.

Why marketers need greater neurodiversity

nerodiversity - a man points at a screen

by Mark Evans, Marketing Director, Direct Line Group

Despite contributing over £120bn to the UK economy, marketing is one of the most misunderstood industries amongst young people. As a result fewer people are considering becoming a marketer than ever before. According to research by Unidays, just 3% of students aged 18 to 24 believe marketing is a good career option, and only 2% believe it is the best career for long-term success. Marketing clearly needs to get better at marketing itself! 

Science luminaries unite to support the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Cambridge tournament

Lego IET league students

Maths education extraordinaire, author and TV personality, Bobby Seagull, and volunteers from Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., Marshall, Arm and Cambridge Science Centre, among many others, have all signed up to support the FIRST® LEGO® League Cambridge regional tournament. 

Tech Entrepreneur Launches App To Support Children With Dyslexia

Tech Entrepreneur Launches App To Support Children With Dyslexia

Kilkenny tech entrepreneur, Brendan Morrissey has launched a specialist smartphone application dedicated to providing support for those living and working with Dyslexia and ADHD. 

iDyslexic has been rolled out to users across Ireland, with firm plans in place to assist children suffering with Dyslexia and ADHD across the globe.  

Following 18 months in development, iDyslexic is an easy-to-use digital platform that allows the Child, Parent, Teacher and Case Worker to log into a secure classroom to aid continuous support and development.