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New approaches for education in the digital age 

Young girl on laptop with ASL teacher talking about the digital age

These are interesting times in the world of education. Schools, colleges and universities are preparing today’s tech savvy generation for an unpredictable future, while addressing some of the most pressing challenges ever to shape the education landscape. 
In recent years, teachers and educations boards in the maintained sector have seen their budgets squeezed, with a sharper focus on tightening belts to save time, money and resources. 
ASL Group believe in creating innovative solutions to support teaching and learning, while keeping costs to a minimum.

Newham school begins renovation work to encourage inclusion

Newham school students beginning renovation work to encourage inclusion

Building works at North Beckton Primary School in Newham are set to complete in April 2020 and will see investment into the provision for profound and multiple learning disabilities
 
North Beckton Primary School has begun renovation works, which are set to redevelop the heart of the school and demonstrate a widespread commitment to increasing inclusivity.
 
Ongoing building works will see investment into the provision for PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities). The school is working closely with the local borough to provide an inclusive curriculum and facilities.
 

Video can bring education to life

Video conference in education

Video can bring education to life – By Phillip Perry, Head of UK/Ireland, Zoom Communications

Education has been an essential part of society for thousands of years. It focuses on developing the academic abilities of children, as well as their capability to engage as social beings. While the fundamental benefits of education are the same as they always were, our world is changing and we have to change with it. Today, technology is at the core of everything we do but, unfortunately, not all educational institutions have the ability or resources to offer the enriched programs they wish they could offer, and students could find themselves missing out. 

Social entrepreneurs share the joy of sport with inclusive sports sessions

inclusive sports sessions at schools

A special loan for business startups is helping two social entrepreneurs share the joy of sport with people who would usually miss out because of disability.

Sports development expert Richard Szostak, and champion wheelchair racer Louis Speight, have delivered hundreds of inclusive sports coaching sessions since receiving a Start Up Loan from Transmit Startups.

Their social enterprise is called Omnis Circumvado CIC, meaning ‘all-encompassing' in Latin, and runs adapted sport and PE sessions for special education needs schools, community groups and local authorities. Omnis has also developed special programmes including wheelchair skills training and visual impairment awareness training to teach people about sight loss.

Amazing schools recognised for work supporting pupils with epilepsy!

Student with epilepsy award

Two schools have been presented with awards for their work supporting pupils with epilepsy. Puss Bank Primary School, in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and Pontypridd High School, in Pontypridd, South Wales have been judged winners of the 2019 Epilepsy Action Awards – in the primary school and secondary school categories respectively.

The Epilepsy Action Awards celebrate the UK’s epilepsy heroes. They recognise and celebrate those who have made a real difference to those with epilepsy in the UK. A total of 11 awards were presented across the country during November, honouring the work and commitment of volunteers, fundraisers, schools, employers and healthcare professionals.

Using coloured radiator covers in autism education environments

Contour radiator cover in green

Colour psychology studies how hues can impact the human behaviour. This is vital in an autism specialist unit or school. This is due to senses normally being heightened and behaviours closely monitored by onlooking staff.

As well as supplying low surface temperature radiators, Contour also supply anti-ligature radiator covers which have numerous additional safety benefits. This can make an excellent choice for an autism unit. 

 

Champion positive mental health for your staff and pupils

Mental health training

Mental Health & Wellbeing Training Ltd is a company committed to reducing mental health stigma, improving knowledge and helping communities to feel able to support themselves to keep well and thrive. We aim to do this by providing evidence-based, government recommended mental health training, delivered by experienced mental health consultants.

Our approach
Through our staff and student workshops and parent/carer training courses, we aim to help you develop flourishing school communities with strong minds and big hearts.

Nuffield Health launches new wellbeing programme for North East schools

Nuffield Health SWAP at Benton Dene Special School

A SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) school has become the first school in Tyneside and Northumberland to benefit from a free wellbeing programme developed by the award-winning private healthcare group, Nuffield Health.
Members of staff from Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital and Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym in Gosforth launched the new School Wellbeing Activity Programme (SWAP) at Benton Dene Special School in Longbenton, as part of a country-wide campaign to educate children about positive physical and mental health.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® - Reducing the Need for Restraint and Restrictive Intervention 

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® graph

“Reducing the Need for Restraint and Restrictive Intervention” (HM Government 2019) states that “Every child and young person has a right to be treated with respect and dignity.” This document provides a framework of core values and principles of support which include a proactive approach to support children and young people whose behaviour challenges and a reduction in the need to use restraint and restrictive interventions. 
Children’s Services and schools need to ensure that both their practice and training reflect the requirements of this guidance – this is where Loddon Training & Consultancy can help you! 

Achieving the very best outcomes for children and young people

Achieve 360 teacher playing with young people

Achieve 360 provides counselling, behaviour and family support services across the north west of England, working holistically and professionally with schools and the family.
Our work is primarily commissioned by schools and social care. Private referrals for individuals including adults and young people also form part of our services and are always welcome.

Students encouraged to go A Day Without so others don’t have to

A Day Without poster

Secondary school students are being encouraged to go A Day Without as a sign of solidarity with people with disabilities around the world who are often denied their most basic human rights. 

In an initiative run by international disability charity Leonard Cheshire, students are being asked to give something up that they take for granted in order to help make a difference for disabled students who do not have equal access to education.

Culminating on a day of action on Tuesday 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, pupils can donate £1 to take part and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to live with a disability. 

Oldham school introduces British Sign Language as part of curriculum

Oldham school students practising British Sign Language as part of curriculum

Oldham-based Lyndhurst Primary School has introduced weekly British Sign Language lessons across every year group to help better connect their pupils with hopes that British Sign Language will become 'second-nature' to them and the local community.
 
The initiative was set up to help support and improve the lives of five-year-old deaf pupil Mohammed Daud who needs BSL and sign supported English (SSE) to access education, and two other children with hearing impairments at the school.
 

Free Key Stage 4 classroom resources now available for download

Little boy surrounded by numbers - free key stage 4 classroom resources

Free Key Stage 4 classroom resources which use real-world examples, such as going to university and running a festival stall, to bring maths to life are now available for teachers to download.
Chartered accountancy body ICAEW has designed the resources to help GCSE maths students tackle context-based questions.
Around a quarter of questions in GCSE maths exams involve applying maths to real-world contexts, but analysis of past papers showed that many pupils struggled with this.
The new teaching resources use financial examples to provide real-world context and engage pupils in understanding mathematical concepts. They have been designed to help teachers make maths more accessible, engaging, and relevant, while preparing students for exams.

Free DfE-commissioned autism progress tracking tool for teachers

Little boy with autism - progress tracking with a tool for teachers

The Autism Education Trust (AET) has announced the release of its updated AET Autism Progression Framework. Commissioned by the Department for Education, the new free-to-download resource builds on the success of the previous version, used widely by education practitioners across England, with many new features designed to make it more user-friendly and enable more practitioners to benefit from it.
The AET Autism Progression Framework 2.0 helps teachers and education professionals to identify learning priorities and measure progress in areas that fall outside the national curriculum. These areas relate closely to autism ‘differences’ - identified within other AET resources -  and the impact of these on autistic children’s social, emotional, independence and learning needs.

Supporting vulnerable children through every transition

Vulnerable children reading

Cognus Limited may be based in the oft-described leafy London commuter area of Sutton, but the pioneering work we are undertaking for children in alternative provision and children in care is absolutely required to create bright futures for some of the most vulnerable children in the country.
Our success is exemplified by our Virtual School. One of the key challenges when working with vulnerable children in care is ensuring that they first secure positive destinations after statutory schooling, and then maintain them.
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Introducing Gratnells new STEM Ambassador Team 

Gratnells new STEM Ambassador Team 

Gratnells, world leaders in innovative storage solutions and maker of the iconic Gratnells tray, has further expanded its commitment to education and the development of future STEM professionals by supporting three members of its staff to become STEM Ambassadors. 

Emily Byham, Dr Katherine Forsey and Amy Collins are now fully qualified STEM Ambassadors and will lead Gratnells work to inspire, encourage and support young people in STEM subjects and exemplify the value of STEM skills in life and careers. The all-female team also epitomises Gratnells support for women in STEM.

Cavapoo puppy Milo embeds a love of reading schools

Cavapoo puppy Milo sat with reading children

A thrill of excitement filled the air at Featherby Infant and Junior Schools, Gillingham, Kent this week when Milo, an adorable six-month-old Cavapoo, officially took up his post at the school. Milo is a fluffy white King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and Toy Poodle cross whose jobs include embedding a lifelong love of reading in pupils by sitting attentively and listening to them read and improving their wellbeing by calming them down with cuddles and games. When Milo is nine months old he will officially qualify as a therapy dog. 

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