Specialist Schools and Colleges

Manual handling systems for supporting a physical curriculum

Manual handling systems for supporting a physical curriculum

James Rhodes, marketing manager at Hillrom (Liko), discusses using manual handling systems to encourage mobilisation and prevent falls in specialist educational settings…

Many children with disabilities and SEN can benefit from a broad-ranging physical curriculum which covers every aspect of their development. With each unique child comes a varied learner profile, incorporating strengths, needs and short and long-term goals. Catering for a group of children with a complex and diverse range of physical, sensory, learning and medical needs takes strategic planning. 

Unlocking success for young people with complex needs

Unlocking success for young people with complex needs

Julie Hamilton, Clinical Services Director at Keys Group, discusses why specialist in-house support teams are key to unlocking barriers to success for young people with complex needs.

We know that children in care and young people with complex needs require robust support systems, and yet the diversity of their wide ranging needs can at times mean that the care provided by traditional support structures is inconsistent. In the face of ever-changing social care and education sectors, how can providers ensure that young people receive the support they need in order to thrive?  

Roadshow for deaf children arrives in West Midlands

Teacher infront of school children at Roadshow for deaf children

Deaf children and their hearing classmates in Stourbridge spent the day learning all about deafness on Thursday, January 31st with a series of informative and engaging workshops. 

The workshops were organised by the National Deaf Children’s Society as part of its Roadshow, an eight ton purple lorry that tours the country and turns into a high-tech classroom.

Bridge College Receives National Lottery Funding From Sport England To Help Get Students Active

Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.

 

Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity

 

Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.

 

Applications open to create 1,600 new SEND free school places

Applications open to create 1,600 new SEND free school places

More than 1600 SEND (special educational needs and disability) school places will be created across England as the government opens applications to run new free schools. 

Nineteen local authorities will be accepting applications to run the SEND schools as part of the government's ambitious free schools programme, which aims to provide high-quality provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Who really benefits from having a Canopy i2o ltd have the answers

Canopy

Interview with Mark Cooper Sales Advisor i2o ltd & Little Miracles Sean Robson- Business Manager on Canopy's

 

How has Little Miracles benefited from having the canopy?

 

We are able to offer particular activities and equipment like the table football and pool table all year round now which we would only ever offer outside if we were guaranteed it was not going to rain. But, now we can just keep them out there rather than taking them out and putting them up and then packing them down again and bringing them in.

Autism is no barrier for pupils at Inscape house school

Anne Price

Inscape House School has been praised by Ofsted for creating a safe haven for pupils where they can learn to be independent valued citizens.

Inscape is a non-maintained specialist school in Cheadle for pupils aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

The school has retained its good rating, with inspectors commending the ‘gripping leadership and crystalline vision’ of the senior team.

Ofsted inspector Jonathan Jones said: “There is no doubt that Inscape House is, first and foremost, a school.

“You have made teaching and learning the core purpose of all that happens here.

“This focus has resulted in a clever and effective synergy between the academic and therapeutic aspects of the school.”

Inscape computing teacher recognised as an inspirational educator

Tania Brook

Inscape computing teacher Tania Brooks has been presented with an Inspirational Educator’s Award for her dedication to improving opportunities for young people with autism.

Inscape is a non-maintained specialist school in Cheadle for pupils aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

Tania was nominated for the award presented by the Worshipful Company of Educators following her work to provide students with tailored learning experiences.

Her understanding of autism has enabled her to connect with students and nurture their interests in IT from working with robots and drones, to deconstructing computers – students can test their abilities and develop a broad range of IT skills. 

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.

 

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.