The isolation issue

A lonely boy in isolation
The isolation issue – how digital monitoring can help shed light on the dangers young people face online 

Comment from Adele Abbiss, Online Safety Expert at Smoothwall

Be it a rise in digital dangers, increased pressure placed on the shoulders of young students or simply a shift in the nation’s culture, disruptive behaviour in schools is on the incline and it’s costing thousands of students a quality education, impacting on exam results and placing at risk children in ever more vulnerable situations.

How literacy interventions help children with long-term difficulties

Reading Recovery literacy interventions – a girl smiles as she reads a book

Dr Susan Bodman is National Lead for Reading Recovery. Here, she discusses how literacy interventions can help children with long-term difficulties…

Every SENDCo is familiar with the impact of long-term literacy difficulties, both on attainment and social and emotional wellbeing of individual pupils and on the school responsible for meeting those educational needs. Literacy difficulties tend to be resistant to remediation without specific targeted response. This presents schools with a dilemma.  

Gratnells Science Technician of the Year winner 2018/2019 announced

Gratnells Science Technician of the Year winner with award

The Gratnells sponsored Science Technician of the Year award 2018/2019 has been awarded to Razika Berboucha from Lampton School Academy in Hounslow, Middlesex.
Now in its eleventh year, the competition is open to Science Technicians in secondary schools, colleges and academies across the world.  Entrants much be 18 years old, with at least two-years’ experience in full or part time employment. The judging panel, consisting of esteemed industry professionals, look for evidence of individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ in their daily work - Science Technicians who embrace their work, enjoy the challenges and look to offer continuous improvement in the services they deliver.

Spotting The Early Signs Of Autism

Little boy with Autism reading a book

THE PERSON-CENTRED APPROACH: an individualistic outlook for children with autism spectrum condition

When working with an individual with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), it is important to start with a holistic assessment of a person’s cognitive, sensory, motor and communication needs as a first step to positive outcomes. It’s crucial that staff know what’s important to the person, their identified needs, and what’s working or not working from their perspective. This information is gathered from the individual, who is at the centre of the process, as well as the people involved in their lives. This is called a Person-Centred Approach.

Education app Quizlet can help pupils master any subject, says Matt Glotzbach

Education app Quizlet's CEO, Matt Glotzbach

Education for Everybody editor Victor Galligan asked former YouTube vice president Matt Glotzbach about his latest venture, education app Quizlet, which is used by 1million teachers worldwide…

When and why did you become involved with Quizlet? What was your inspiration?

Throughout my career, I have been focused on building engaging technologies that solve real-world problems. I had the fortune of working on the founding team of Google Apps, including Apps for Education, where it became clear how essential technology is to education. And as a Vice President at Youtube, I further witnessed the incredible impact technology has in giving people access to tools and information for learning.  

The Children’s Trust School

The Children’s Trust School

The Children’s Trust School is a non-maintained special school for children and young people with complex education, health, therapy and care needs.

All pupils are supported through personalised multidisciplinary programmes, created in partnership with their families and carers, delivered in beautiful grounds, set amongst a 24-acre site at The Children’s Trust’s national specialist centre in Surrey.

As a regional school we admit children and young people from a wide catchment area across the South East of England. We are able to support up to 44 children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) where neurodisability, including complex needs, require an integrated approach from a team of multidisciplinary professionals. 

A Guide to Monitoring Mental Health Within Education

Sad little girl with bad mental health

Article from Ellie Collier, High Speed Training

In recent years an increasing number of children have shown signs of suffering from mental health issues, with three children in every classroom reported to have a diagnosable mental health disorder according to a Young Minds charity report. As well as affecting a student’s emotional wellbeing, their educational attainment can also be negatively impacted if they’re struggling to cope with their current mental state. So, as exam season commences, it’s fundamental that those within the industry take extra care and precautions to ensure students thrive during this defining time of their lives. High Speed Training explains how to compile a thorough mental health policy document.

Choosing a school for a child with special educational needs

Couple on a laptop choosing a school for a child with special educational needs

Amongst the most crucial choices you will ever have to make for children with special educational needs, is the selection of the right school. It should be stressed that, whatever sources of information you use or what advice you take, in the end the only valid choice will be one based on your own visits to the schools themselves and discussions with their staff, pupils and Heads. One of the key things you will certainly want to consider is which type of school would be most appropriate for your child. There are a number of options to choose from.