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Autism with Attitude scoops bronze at UDO World Championships!

Autism with Attitude at the UDO World Championships!

Autism with Attitude street dance group from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge, has taken its success to a new level and is thrilled to have won the bronze medal at the United Dance Organisation (UDO) World Championships in Blackpool on 25 August. The troupe, which has previously made history by becoming the first special needs team to compete at national and international mainstream competitions, now ranks third globally in the Over 18 category, and is a shining example of what young people with autism can accomplish. 

Wilsden Primary School receives certification for online safety

Wilsden Primary School students receiving certification for online safety

Wilsden Primary School in Bradford, West Yorkshire – part of the Focus Trust – has become a Certified School Community 2019 after implementing and effectively delivering online safeguarding measures set out by National Online Safety, an independent online safety provider. 

This recognition from National Online Safety follows the school’s commitment to going above and beyond their statutory requirements in terms of online safeguarding outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), which was published in September 2018.

Two school teachers launch free app to tackle bad behaviour

School girl in trouble because of bad behaviour

Two teachers have launched LifeGames, a free app designed to address increasing behavioural issues in UK and Irish schools. It comes after exclusive research revealed an urgent call by teachers for more development of social skills within the current education system.

The free app teaches key life and social skills such as empathy, respect, responsibility and effective communication through a collection of over 40 activities and games for three age groups (3-5, 6-9, 10-12). A further 250+ activities and games are also available in a variety of modestly-priced premium packs.

Success For Schools Collaborating On Trial Of New Assessment Solution

School classroom trialling new assessment service

New digital technology for formative assessment and moderation has proven its ability to improve the quality of writing and overall attainment of students, whilst aiding Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and helping to reduce teacher workload.

Fourteen schools in Oxfordshire took part in the research project using RM Compare, a new digital assessment solution from e-assessment technology experts, RM Results. 

Gratnells Maker family featured in UK’s first Mega Maker Lab London

School children using Gratnells Maker trolley

Gratnells, best known for Britain’s most widely used range of storage systems and iconic trays, has sponsored a major Maker event in London.

The Institute of Imagination, a charity that helps create spaces for children to re-imagine the world through the eyes of a Maker and STEM, opened its doors at the beginning of August to host a Mega Maker Lab.  Every day in August, children from all over London enjoyed exploring the five creative zones, with performances and mini-workshops in the Social Space.

Council for Disabled Children statement on the new Government review of SEND support

Disabled little girl

The Government has announced a major new review into support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Five years on from the launch of the Children and Families Act 2014, the review is designed to improve services for disabled children and young people and their families. 

The Children and Families Act, also referred to as the SEND reforms, drastically changed provision for disabled children and young people.

New Education Leadership Academy set to transform inclusive leadership in Schools

Staff from The Education leadership Academy

The Education leadership Academy (ELA) at the University of Birmingham was officially launched on Monday 9th September. 

The Academy will combine academic-led education and values-driven leadership and be the first of its kind to focus on social inclusion and developing the very best school leaders to help transform the lives of children from different backgrounds.  

Schools Pushing Too Much Sugar at Children According to Survey

Little girl eating lolly full of sugar

A new survey conducted by the charity, Rewards Project, has found that schools are offering too much sugar to children.

Four hundred and eighty-seven (487) schools and nurseries from across the UK participated in the survey which found that 66% of breakfast clubs drinks have added sugar, 94% of schools offer desserts with added sugar and 84% of schools with a tuck shop sold snacks with added sugar.

UK education charity warns PM outdoor learning at ‘risk’ 

Mark Castle from Field Studies Council education charity

The leader of one of the UK’s most prominent outdoor education charities has urged the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to improve funding to schools as a matter of urgency.

Mark Castle, chief executive of the Field Studies Council, which operates a network of field centres across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, warned that children and young people were at ‘risk’ of losing out on valuable outdoor learning experiences because of current funding pressures on primary and secondary schools.

In an open letter, Mr Castle congratulated the new PM on his appointment and welcomed his vision for better education but urged him to make it a matter of ‘greater urgency’.