Events

LearnEd SEND Edition free training event

Teacher with SEND student

Continuing its series of highly popular interactive LearnEd Roadshow training events for teachers, the Department for Education (DfE), Havering Education Services (HES), Corbets Tey school and BESA announce a national education technology conference focusing on SEND.

Designed to deliver free access to peer-to-peer guidance and first-hand insights, LearnED SEND edition provides teachers, leadership teams and SENCOs with a platform to share best practice and advice on the best use of technology in the classroom.

Autism and Wellbeing – Expert Speakers Scheduled for Bradford Conference

Little girl with autism - Autism and Wellbeing – Expert Speakers Scheduled for Bradford Conference

2019 marks the 20 year anniversary of Bradford based charity Sacar, and the 10 year anniversary of the CIC they developed, Specialist Autism Services. From Sacar’s humble beginnings supporting just 6 people with an autism spectrum condition from a church hall in Bradford, Specialist Autism Services have developed their provision to engage with approximately 350 members across Bradford, Shipley, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and York. Through delivering member led and autism specific tailored learning programmes, outreach support, employment support, and counselling, Specialist Autism Services contribute to building the confidence, independence, and overall wellbeing of the people they support. 

What is happening?

Celebrating our schools with #ilovemyschool campaign

School students celebrating #ilovemyschool campaign

Hands up who knows an inspirational teacher? We’re finding that the answer is almost always ‘yes’ and we’re determined to remind teachers and prospective new hopefuls, as well as the wider public across Aberdeeenshire just how much of an important job they do. 

Aberdeenshire Council is inviting people across the area to recognise some of the good work going on in our schools by sharing their positive experiences (and photos if everyone pictured has given consent!) using the #ilovemyschool hashtag throughout the last week of term. Tag us @Aberdeenshire on Twitter or @AberdeenshireCouncil on Facebook and some of the best examples will be shared. 

Little Sutton Primary School Celebrates Cross Country Success

Students from Little Sutton Primary School Celebrates Cross Country Success

Children from Little Sutton C of E Primary School are celebrating their success at the recent 2019 Ellesmere Port and Neston Cross Country Finals. The Cheshire school, located on Berwick Road in Little Sutton, picked up three awards with year 3/4 boys taking the trophy for first place, year 5/6 boys receiving a runners up certificate and the girls team narrowly missing out on the placings. Little Sutton C of E Primary School also took the trophy for best overall performing school, based on the accumulated points from each individual child.

Summing it up: Maths Week London celebrates official launch!

Maths Week London celebrates official launch!

Yesterday, teachers, schools, educationalists and The Mayor’s Fund for London joined together at City Hall to celebrate the launch event of Maths Week London.

Maths Week London, which will take place from 10-14 June 2019, is set to become an annual event dedicated to improving children’s attitudes towards maths and inspiring more pupils, teachers and parents to improve their confidence in the teaching and learning of the subject. The event will also promote maths as an essential skill in paving the way for every career path.

Due to the huge success of ‘Maths Week Ireland’ and ‘Maths Week Scotland’, organisers, Sumdog, are now replicating this event throughout London and are calling for as many schools and teachers as possible to get involved. 

Empowering Pupils through Participatory Budgeting in Schools

Empowering Pupils through Participatory Budgeting in Schools

Schools play a central role in developing the life-skills and confidence of young people.

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a proven deliberative process that can inspire, empower and engage young people in a cooperative, democratic and purposeful way.

Bringing the two together has many positive benefits for schools, for society and for young people.

School based PB, through promoting social action, develops student leadership, supports student and school success, promotes student and parent voice, and involves the entire school in meaningful civic experiences.

International STEM Youth Innovation Competition now open

STEM Competition Drone

Born Free and BIEA have announced details of this year’s exciting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) youth competition to design a drone to help protect wild and endangered species.

Created by BIEA, the STEM Youth Innovation Competition is open to students under the age of 18. Due to the tremendous response of entries received from across the UK in 2018, this year the competition is inviting submissions from across the world.  

In the first instance school teams must research, design and write a report about a drone that could be used to help conserve vulnerable animals. Entries must be submitted by 31st March. Entrants will also be working towards a silver CREST award with their submission.

Discover new ways to get crafty at Childcare Expo London

Teachers getting crafty at Childcare Expo London

Childcare Expo London returns on the 1st & 2nd March with a series of free interactive workshops throughout the two days to inspire early years and primary education professionals.

Taking place at Olympia London, the event will host a number of hands-on workshops designed to provide visitors with practical new ideas to try out in their settings and schools, covering everything from sensory play to mindfulness and yoga.

Returning to the show for the second time with sessions on both days, educational resources provider, Mrs Mactivity will provide two fun workshops looking at creative ways to bring science into your setting or classroom (such as how to use a paper plate to demonstrate the lifecycle of a butterfly), as well as easy Easter crafts and activities.

Science luminaries unite to support the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Cambridge tournament

Lego IET league students

Maths education extraordinaire, author and TV personality, Bobby Seagull, and volunteers from Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., Marshall, Arm and Cambridge Science Centre, among many others, have all signed up to support the FIRST® LEGO® League Cambridge regional tournament. 

Learnit event seeks to change the landscape of education

Here, our editor Victoria Galligan speaks to the Learnit team to find out the background behind the new-for-2019 show and what educators can expect to see…

How did the team come together?

The Learnit team consists of Anil Aggarwal, an American tech-entrepreneur and investor, and Katy Fryatt, a Cambridge University graduate and a millennial parent. They met whilst developing the world’s most important events for fintech and retail innovation: Money20/20 and Shoptalk.

Inclusive Festival raises autism awareness in the community  

A child plays with the dog mascot at Inclusive Festival

Options Roxby House celebrated a fantastic day in Scunthorpe as they hosted their annual Inclusive Festival: an opportunity to raise awareness for autism and bring together friends, families and the local community. 

The August festival was organised by Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – a national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. The main aim was to raise awareness of autism, fundraise and involve the local community. The festival was a resounding success - the sun shone for most of the day, resulting in a relaxed and open-air event and more than £1,500 was raised.  

Scunthorpe Inclusive Festival raises autism awareness and brings together families across the community

Options Autism

Options Autism is proud to be hosting its annual Inclusive Festival in Scunthorpe on Sunday 12 August, welcoming both families affected by autism as well as the wider local community to enjoy festival fun at this relaxed and safe open-air event.

Organised by professionals from Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – the national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties – the festival aims to raise awareness of autism, to fundraise and help integrate members of the community.

How one twelve year old's letter is helping to change the world 

Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival 2018

A 12-year-old Durham school pupil’s school project on single use plastics has become the inspiration behind one of Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival 2018 sprints.

Hannah Mitchell, from Durham Johnston School, wrote a moving letter to her class-mates as part of an assignment earlier this year.

In it, she talked about the damage that plastics are doing to the planet, the harm they are causing in the ocean and to innocent animals and asked for everyone to work together to help save the world and do their bit.

Northumbrian Water found out about the letter and loved it so much that they decided to surprise Hannah and visit her at school to say thank you for her hard work and her commitment to the plastics cause.

FestABLE event to be held at SEND college

Sally Phillips FestABLE

Guest speakers including TVs Sally Phillips will gather for FestABLE on June 2 as part of the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.

Youtubers, assistive technology experts and professionals working with young people who have special educational needs and disabilities will attend the event. 

Young people have helped plan FestABLE’s diverse programme which includes all sorts from the chance to go in the country’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon and play with eye-gaze controlled computer games, to sessions on speech and occupational therapy, Education, Health and Care plans, early autism intervention, SEND reform and removing the barriers to achievement.

Introducing the brand-new Health & Wellbeing Zone

Childcare Expo

Childcare Expo, the longest-running Early Years event, adapts as well as responds to the needs of sector year on year. This year at the upcoming Manchester event in June, Childcare Expo introduces the first Health & Wellbeing Zone to their already jam-packed event.

The Health & Wellbeing Zone has been designed as an exclusive feature area providing Early Years practitioners with vital information to help educate and inspire their practice. A whole host of leading experts and organisations have come together to bring the concept to life and the organisers are excited to unveil it to the anticipated crowds at EventCity on 15 & 16 June.

Naidex Is Just Around the Corner - Have You Registered?

Naidex

The countdown for Naidex has well and truly begun! Europe’s largest disability and independent living event is set to transform Birmingham’s NEC on the 25th & 26th April for a monumental 44th edition.

Over the past two years, this mighty event has been completely turned on its head by its new organisers who have cultivated it to new, unrecognisable heights. With a floor plan double the size of last year, the introduction of brand new interactive features, and even more unmissable seminars, product launches and live demos, there are more opportunities than ever for delegates to get involved and test the products that are shaping the future of disability.