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Blind media student inspires others in National Braille Week

Cambridge College logo - Blind media student inspires others in National Braille Week

A teenager is proving that people can do anything, if they put their mind to it, by going into his second year as a media student at Cambridge Regional College.

Budding sports radio presenter and Spurs fan, Matthew O’Leary, says the support he has received has been beyond his expectations and is urging anyone else with disabilities to take on the challenge to follow their dreams.

Among the supportive additions to his learning package have been braille stickers, which tutors put on the radio equipment, to help Matthew in his dream of becoming a sports radio presenter.

“One of the most important additions has been the braille on the radio studio controls. It means I feel confident in what I am doing,” said Matthew, deputy president of the college’s Student Union. 

Teachers Revealed as the Original Influencers

Maxine celebrating teachers being revealed as original influencers

They may not boast millions of Instagram followers like YouTuber, Joe Suggs, and are unlikely to be as famous as the youngest member of the Kardashian clan, Kylie, but new research out today (7 October) has found that teachers are the ultimate, Original Influencers.

Two fifths (40%) of Scottish adults[1], said that, excluding family and friends, teachers have the greatest opportunity to inspire and shape future minds. With just 21% saying social media influencers and only 7% saying celebrities.

Nearly two-thirds (62%) said that between one and five teachers helped to positively influence them or inspired them to become the person they are today. While the majority (68%) said they could still remember the name of their favourite teacher.

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.