Students encouraged to go A Day Without so others don’t have to

A Day Without poster

Secondary school students are being encouraged to go A Day Without as a sign of solidarity with people with disabilities around the world who are often denied their most basic human rights. 

In an initiative run by international disability charity Leonard Cheshire, students are being asked to give something up that they take for granted in order to help make a difference for disabled students who do not have equal access to education.

Culminating on a day of action on Tuesday 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, pupils can donate £1 to take part and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to live with a disability. 

Oldham school introduces British Sign Language as part of curriculum

Oldham school students practising British Sign Language as part of curriculum

Oldham-based Lyndhurst Primary School has introduced weekly British Sign Language lessons across every year group to help better connect their pupils with hopes that British Sign Language will become 'second-nature' to them and the local community.
 
The initiative was set up to help support and improve the lives of five-year-old deaf pupil Mohammed Daud who needs BSL and sign supported English (SSE) to access education, and two other children with hearing impairments at the school.
 

Free Key Stage 4 classroom resources now available for download

Little boy surrounded by numbers - free key stage 4 classroom resources

Free Key Stage 4 classroom resources which use real-world examples, such as going to university and running a festival stall, to bring maths to life are now available for teachers to download.
Chartered accountancy body ICAEW has designed the resources to help GCSE maths students tackle context-based questions.
Around a quarter of questions in GCSE maths exams involve applying maths to real-world contexts, but analysis of past papers showed that many pupils struggled with this.
The new teaching resources use financial examples to provide real-world context and engage pupils in understanding mathematical concepts. They have been designed to help teachers make maths more accessible, engaging, and relevant, while preparing students for exams.

Free DfE-commissioned autism progress tracking tool for teachers

Little boy with autism - progress tracking with a tool for teachers

The Autism Education Trust (AET) has announced the release of its updated AET Autism Progression Framework. Commissioned by the Department for Education, the new free-to-download resource builds on the success of the previous version, used widely by education practitioners across England, with many new features designed to make it more user-friendly and enable more practitioners to benefit from it.
The AET Autism Progression Framework 2.0 helps teachers and education professionals to identify learning priorities and measure progress in areas that fall outside the national curriculum. These areas relate closely to autism ‘differences’ - identified within other AET resources -  and the impact of these on autistic children’s social, emotional, independence and learning needs.

Supporting vulnerable children through every transition

Vulnerable children reading

Cognus Limited may be based in the oft-described leafy London commuter area of Sutton, but the pioneering work we are undertaking for children in alternative provision and children in care is absolutely required to create bright futures for some of the most vulnerable children in the country.
Our success is exemplified by our Virtual School. One of the key challenges when working with vulnerable children in care is ensuring that they first secure positive destinations after statutory schooling, and then maintain them.
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Introducing Gratnells new STEM Ambassador Team 

Gratnells new STEM Ambassador Team 

Gratnells, world leaders in innovative storage solutions and maker of the iconic Gratnells tray, has further expanded its commitment to education and the development of future STEM professionals by supporting three members of its staff to become STEM Ambassadors. 

Emily Byham, Dr Katherine Forsey and Amy Collins are now fully qualified STEM Ambassadors and will lead Gratnells work to inspire, encourage and support young people in STEM subjects and exemplify the value of STEM skills in life and careers. The all-female team also epitomises Gratnells support for women in STEM.

Start a New Chapter With Calibre Audio Library

Audiobook from Calibre Audio Library

Whether you are blind, partially sighted, dyslexic or have another disability, Calibre Audio Library brings the joy of audiobooks to everyone who is unable to access standard print.

Calibre was set up over 40 years ago by a mother whose partially sighted son struggled to read the printed word. To solve the problem, she set up an audio library so he could enjoy books just like his friends. Since then, Calibre Audio Library has grown into a national charity that has 14,000 members across the UK.

Why are audiobooks so important?

As well as providing pleasure, audiobooks enable children with dyslexia and other print disabilities to develop literacy skills and enhance their learningso they can reap the same rewards from reading as others.

Cavapoo puppy Milo embeds a love of reading schools

Cavapoo puppy Milo sat with reading children

A thrill of excitement filled the air at Featherby Infant and Junior Schools, Gillingham, Kent this week when Milo, an adorable six-month-old Cavapoo, officially took up his post at the school. Milo is a fluffy white King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and Toy Poodle cross whose jobs include embedding a lifelong love of reading in pupils by sitting attentively and listening to them read and improving their wellbeing by calming them down with cuddles and games. When Milo is nine months old he will officially qualify as a therapy dog. 

Anti-Bullying Week – Change Starts With Us

Anti-Bullying Week - Say no to bullying!

Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 11 to 15 November

Over three quarters of schools in the UK are expected to celebrate Anti-Bullying Week 2019, taking place from 11 to 15 November, sending the message loud and clear: ‘Change Starts With Us’.

Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. This year’s theme, ‘Change Starts With Us’, underlines how by making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. 

Climb any mountain - physical activity promotes better mental health

The Steps 2 Summit programme - physical activity for mental health

A year long study into the impact of daily physical activity on primary school children has found that not only did physical health and classroom activity improve but there was also a marked positive impact on mood, behaviour and concentration.

Designed to increase the daily physical activity of all primary school children, Steps 2 Summit, (which was created by a team of former teachers and PE leaders) also strives to foster greater aspirations and develop positive character traits in the pupils who use it and aid in the development of childrens' social and mental health.