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Born Free launches Great Debate schools initiative

Group of children ready for the great debate

International wildlife charity Born Free has today announced the launch of its new educational Great Debate initiative and is now calling out to schools across the UK to get involved.

Designed to provide teachers with the tools to engage their students in meaningful debates about key wildlife or environmental topics that will affect their future. Born Free’s Great Debate will not only allow students to gain knowledge about the debate topic, but also offer them skills that will help them to research, frame and deliver an argument while becoming responsible citizens, reducing their impact on biodiversity and the environment.

SEND pupils: ‘It’s crucial that we don’t make any child feel singled out’

SEND pupils at St Giles are boosted by the inclusive school ethos

St Giles’ C.E. Primary School is a mixed primary school with approximately 400 pupils in Walsall, West Midlands. The school has an above average number of SEND pupils and around a quarter of pupils speak English as a second language. Simrat Mavi, Deputy Headteacher at the school, talks us through their priorities for all pupils. 

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.

Options Trent Acres School – implementing a positive learning culture for students with SEN

Boy with SEN at Trent Acres School

Options Trent Acres, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, a special independent school for boys and girls aged 8-18 with autism and a range of complex needs including mild learning disabilities, was recently declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Trent Acres, run by Options Autism,is part of Outcomes First Group. Here, headteacher Melanie Callaghan-Lewis discusses how staff have implemented a positive learning culture at the school. 

The dyslexia assessment: why I was in tears

Helene Cohen, who was found to have dyslexia at 54

Hélène Cohen from Please Miss is a former SENCO who now trains teachers and advises schools on their SEND provision. She also tutors for the NASCO and iSENCO Masters awards and the NPQ senior and middle leadership qualifications. Here, she discusses with Education for Everybody what happened after she made the decision to be tested for dyslexia  during her doctorate studies, as outlined in her previous blog for Education for Everybody…

The Assessment

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. 

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! 

Inside our specialist school – by deputy head Laura Smith

Laura Smith, deputy head at Hillcrest Shifnal specialist school

Laura Smith, Deputy Head of Hillcrest Shifnal specialist school, answers our questions on her school and the education it offers pupils…

Could you tell us a little about the history of Hillcrest Shifnal School?

Hillcrest Shifnal School is a Department for Education-registered independent school operated by Outcomes First Group – a leading specialist provider of education and care services to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs, learning disabilities and SEMH (social, emotional and mental health needs). We have been based in rural Shropshire for just over ten years and during that time have extended the number of students on roll and the range of needs we meet. 

Pupils with autism twice as likely to be bullied – what can teachers do? 

Tania Marshall, autism education expert

Primary pupils with special educational needs are twice as likely as other children to be bullied, according to the Institute of Education. Here, Tania Marshall, M.Sc., award-winning author, psychologist, AspienGirl Project lead for girls with Autism or Asperger Syndrome, and Autism Ambassador for Education Placement Group, specialists in education recruitment, discusses the key signs that indicate a female student with autism is being bullied as well as some strategies for preventing this harmful behaviour…