World Down Syndrome Day - raising awareness through videos and socks!

World Down Syndrome Day Sally Phillips

World Down Syndrome Day is taking place today, with a wealth of events across the globe raising awareness – including "carpool karaoke" and an inclusive film competition.

You may have already seen a video of a "carpool karaoke" lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day, which features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri track, A Thousand Years. The parents in the video (watch below) are all part of a Facebook group called Designer Genes, which was created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013 and 2014.

Community-based service to help all children with brain injury

Brain Injury Community

A free to access UK-wide Brain Injury Community Service has launched to maximise a child’s participation in everyday life following a brain injury.

Delivered by The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability, the service offers children with an acquired brain injury assessment and clinical support after they have been discharged from hospital and at key stages of childhood.

The Lenham School gets tech-savvy classrooms

Lenham School

In a world where children have almost constant access to devices such as tablets and smartphones at home – often from a very early age – schools are facing the challenge of being able to effectively engage pupils throughout the day. Many are now incorporating modern technology into their daily lessons and The Lenham School in Kent – part of the Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) – is no exception. With 453 students ranging from 11-18 years old, the school is using Epson projectors in combination with Apple devices to ‘wow’ its pupils and unleash the creativity of its teachers.

Fresh school of thought

Internationally Successful Autism Programme Launches in the UK

Internationally Successful Autism Programme Launches in the UK

Evidence-Based programme set to improve social skills, behaviour, language and symptoms in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The internationally successful USA early autism intervention programme, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), launches at award-winning brain and mind clinic Re:Cognition Health. Hailed as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs in 2012, ESDM is a play-based therapy that has rapidly been adopted in the USA, Canada, Australia and France as an effective method for treating toddlers with autism.  Several published studies have shown evidence of improvements in cognitive skills and IQ, language and social behaviour of young children with autism who have received early treatment with the ESDM programme.

VR will revolutionise the classroom, Lenovo research finds

VR will revolutionise the classroom, Lenovo research finds

Over half of teachers feel grades will go up by delivering new experiences such as climbing Everest through VR

84 per cent think that technology will be prominent in their students’ future  

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) has released new data that shows almost all teachers (94 per cent) in the UK think that Virtual Reality (VR) would benefit the classroom, with nearly half (42 per cent) estimating it will be commonplace in the next five years. The research, in partnership with TV personality Helen Skelton, shows that teachers also propose that technologies such as VR will be crucial in creating the workforce of tomorrow, with 84 per cent predicting future jobs will be heavily influenced by tech. 

No Isolation - Helping Children With Illness Stay Connected

No Isolation

No Isolation - Helping Children With Long-Term Illness Stay Connected With Their Peers When Physically Absent From The Classroom And Playground

No Isolation ( is an Oslo-based start-up founded to reduce involuntary social solitude. Its first product, a physical avatar named AV1, allows British children and young adults who are forced by illness to take extended time away from school, to maintain a presence in the classroom, communicate with friends, and socialise. This minimises loneliness, and reduces the short and long-term educational and developmental impacts of absence. Currently, more than 400 AV1 telepresence robots are in use across Europe.

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.