For students with dyslexia, speech recognition unlocks new opportunities in education

Dragon

Of the learning challenges facing students with dyslexia, reading difficulties are amongst the most prominent. It is believed around 10% of the population have the condition which usually sees suffers struggling to process information whether written or spoken, which can hamper their natural ability to share and document their creative ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm for a subject. This could potentially have an adverse educational and psychological effect on this group and possibly negatively impact their engagement with education. Encouragingly though, through dedicated study and research, great advances have been made in understanding dyslexia, how it affects individuals and what needs to be done to provide support for them from an early age. 

Kubota UK paves the way to help Wells Park School launch new farm

Wells park

Pupils at Wells Park School, a residential primary school for five to 11 year olds with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, are transforming an area of land into a brand new farm with the help of a compact tractor donated by machinery giant Kubota UK.

 

This exciting new initiative is part of the school’s commitment to help children with behavioural difficulties enjoy learning. All the pupils at Wells Park School are referred by Essex County Council because they have become disengaged from mainstream schools and learning.

 

Calming Currents Helped My Child’s Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy

Mum of two, Gina Wade spends all the time she can helping her daughter Sophie overcome the symptoms of spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Walking and moving is always difficult for Sophie because of her stiff, tight muscles, but the pony she loves so much eventually led her to trying a unique treatment that finally helped ease her symptoms...  

Student becomes childcare role model

Reece

Reece Sickling first arrived at Leeds City College on a taster day for a Childcare course.  He was a quiet, anxious 14-year-old boy, the only learner from his high school in a room full of girls. His teacher was very nervous about leaving him, but he was determined that he wanted a career working with children. He joined in with the activities, worked hard on the tasks and was so shy that he barely spoke all day, but when his teacher returned to pick him up and asked him how it went, he grinned from ear to ear.

He has spent the last six years at Leeds City College developing into a confident and excellent childcare practitioner. He is a role model to his peers and to the children he cares for.

Holding open school fire doors with Agrippa

fire doors with Agrippa

A school in Kent has installed Agrippa fire door holders to protect teachers and pupils in the event of a fire. 

When the school’s existing sound activated door retainers were becoming damaged by pupils, the Weald of Kent Grammar School decided to replace all of the units with the Agrippa door holders.

Completely wire-free, the holders can be installed in just ten minutes and are supplied with two C cell batteries. The Agrippa holders are also fitted to the top of the door to prevent damage to the door and floor. Accepted by the UK fire brigade, the Agrippa fire door holders are the perfect solution to holding open fire doors, whilst ensuring they are closed automatically in the event of a fire. 

Support the together trust at our annual family fun day

family fun day

The Together Trust family fun day will be taking place next month (Saturday June 10) with a host of activities for children and adults.

 

The annual event attracts more than 1,500 people from Stockport and Manchester and has a wide variety of attractions including a funfair, live music, arts, crafts and face painting.

 

Event and community fundraiser Julie Williams said: “The family fun day is always a great event for the Together Trust.

 

“It’s wonderful to see the community and the charity come together - the more people the better.

 

“All the money raised will go towards providing specialist services for children with complex needs.”

 

Langdon Park School supports parents with mental health and wellbeing workshops

Since the start of the year, Langdon Park School in Poplar, London, has hosted a number of parent workshops centred on stress management, mental health and wellbeing. The workshops, some of which were run by Compass Wellbeing, guide parents through the skills needed in order to help them manage a number of challenges including stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem and confidence.

 

Bridge college receive glowing Ofsted report

Lisa Duncalf

Bridge College has been awarded Good from Ofsted following a recent visit to the specialist college in Openshaw, Manchester. 

 

Bridge College is an inspiring specialist college for 16 to 25-year-olds and is at the forefront of their field for developing skills, independence and confidence for each student with disabilities, complex needs or autism.

 

The college is run by the Together Trust, a leading North West charity which along with specialist education, helps support people with disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health needs through fostering, community and residential care and autism support.

 

The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children shared in online course

Children

For the first time, the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children will be shared with learners around the world, including policy makers, practitioners and carers, in a free online course. The course has been developed by academics and practitioners from CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) with the support of Education Enhancement at the University of Strathclyde.

Across the globe, for many different reasons, hundreds of thousands of children cannot live with their parents. To address this, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously welcomed the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in 2009 driven by two fundamental principles – the ensuring of both the necessity and the suitability of alternative care.