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Specialist school celebrate school diversity week

Speak at Specialist school during school diversity week

Students and staff from a specialist school in Cheadle joined one million students and school staff across the country to celebrate School Diversity Week 2019 (1-5 July). Inscape House School, which supports young people aged five to 18 with autism, took part in the national celebration of lesbian, gay bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education.

Inscape House School is part of the Together Trust, a leading charity that provides special education, fostering, family and community support to over 3,700 people across the North West. With a growing number of LGBT+ students, Inscape House School is getting creative to make school a place where every young person can be themselves and thrive.

New ‘ToddlerLab’ for autism research funded by CareTech Foundation

Child with autism at research facility The Toddlerlab

Breakthroughs in the understanding of the development of autism and other behavioural conditions could be made thanks to a new laboratory to study toddlers, funded in part by the CareTech Foundation.

Research at the £3.7m Wohl Wolfson ToddlerLab at Birkbeck, University of London will increase the understanding of developmental disorders. The research could lead to new interventions, transforming the outlook for people with these conditions.

Wellbeing in schools

Bernard Canetti on Wellbeing in schools

Wellbeing in schools: how can school leaders respond to the fact that one in eight students experience mental health issues?

Bernard Canetti, Principal of Brampton College, London’s highest achieving independent sixth form college gives his opinion on the government’s plan to dedicate an additional £31.6 million to the training of more educational psychologists and the need for a proactive holistic approach to wellbeing in schools...

With one in eight 5 to 19-year-olds experiencing at least one “mental health” disorder, according to results published last year by the NHS[1], I, along with many of my fellow teaching professionals, welcome the Government’s plan to dedicate an additional £31.6 million to the training of more educational psychologists[2]. 

New learning service will inspire tomorrow’s STEM professionals

Primary school children at Big Bang STEM showcase

A new learning service to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers was showcased by Discovery Education at The Big Bang Fair in London today. STEM Connect will provide teachers with exciting resources and activities to bring STEM learning to life for primary and secondary pupils in Key Stages 1 to 3. Offering enquiry-based activities, hands-on challenges and dynamic video content, the new service will help pupils to make the link between STEM subjects and real-world issues. 

Supporting troubled children to learn, relate, know true calm and use life well

Teacher high-fiving a troubled child

On Saturday 21 September 2019 The Centre for Child Mental Health London will host a conference on Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI), an innovative neuro-behavioural approach designed to help professionals and parents address the needs of particularly troubled, challenging and hyperactive children where often all else has failed. Led by Occupational Therapist Éadaoin Bhreathnach, creator of SAI, the conference will explore the connections between sensory processing and attachment issues, using moving video footage of case examples to illustrate how children and teenagers can be helped to regulate their emotions and bodies for optimal wellbeing and functioning.

The Bananagrams Challenge Inspires The Official Bananagrams School Club!

Bananagrams School Club logo

The makers of the international hit word tile game BANANAGRAMS®, announces the launch of the BANANAGRAMS SCHOOL CLUB to encourage schools and students across the UK to “Go Wild with Words” throughout the school year!  

Since 2015, more than 100,000 students along with their teachers throughout the UK have played Bananagrams in their schools as a result of the Bananagrams Challenge. Now, through the CLUB, more than 42,500 students this year alone are expected to join in the quest to have fun, make friends, and most importantly, develop a love of wordplay and the English Language.

New children's book out July 2019 with themes of diversity, STEM & friendship

New children's book - Stars Of Paradise

New children's book out July 2019 with themes of diversity, STEM & friendship - Stars of Paradise By Mary Obozua

The Wonderful Life of Daisy & Ewe (The WLDE) series is off to a colourful flying start…

What do you get when you mix an incredible flying machine that travels at the same speed of light, with exotic birds of paradise, and a singing contest? It's carnival time in Marshill and the stars of the new WLDE series for six to nine year olds springs into action from July 18th 2019!

Long-term literacy difficulties – what works?

Little boy with literacy difficulties reading in the library

Dr Susan Bodman is National Lead for Reading Recovery. Here, she discusses the 20-minute interventions and their impact on children with long-term literacy 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.

How classical music, movement and water bottles can improve maths and literacy

Water bottles on school desks

The authors of a new white paper have explained how their primary school intervention MiMo – Minimum Input Maximum Output – can improve maths, literacy and personal skills in short six-minute sessions.

Tamara Nathan & Myrom Kahaner published the white paper to outline their research and confirm that in just six minutes a day following the unique combination of activities of the MiMo Programme, skills in maths and literacy and many developmental areas can be enhanced.

The white paper states: “In 2007 England had plummeted from third to nineteenth in an international league table of children’s literacy levels and 2018 saw a slide to 49th.