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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. 

Fulham School Welcomes Sixth Form & New Facilities

Fulham School Sixth Form rendering

Fulham School is to offer sixth form education for the first time, as part of a multi-million pound transformation of the leading academic institution.

Under plans outlined by new headmaster Will le Fleming, Fulham School will open a new senior school campus in Chesilton Road, Fulham, intended to provide education to 220 students. Among the students will be a new sixth form intake as Fulham School seeks to widen its educational remit. 

Will le Fleming, Fulham School Headmaster, said: “This is a powerful next step for Fulham School. We launched with just 12 students around 20 years ago. We now cater to 700 on two sites and will soon be welcoming even more as we open our third campus.

Outdoor education charity welcomes proposals for overnight school trips

Little boy playing in a tree on one of his overnight school trips

Proposals to connect every school in England with nature have been welcomed by one of the UK's leading outdoor education charities.

The Field Studies Council, which operates a network of field study centres across the country, was one of a number of key organisations asked to respond to a review of England's national parks and areas of outstanding beauty.

Among the proposals published in the final review by Julian Glover is a suggestion that all children should be given the opportunity to spend a night under the stars in a national landscape. 

It also suggests that a stronger mission to connect all people with national landscapes is needed and landscapes to improve the nation's health and wellbeing should be created.

Versatile 9 – 17 Seat School Minibuses Options

Redkite Minibuses

For almost forty years, Red Kite have designed, manufactured and serviced the UK’s education establishments nationwide. Today as a trusted supplier the company provides minibuses and support vehicles to many leading education establishments throughout Great Britain. 

With a rich British heritage and reputation for craftsmanship, design and innovation. The company continues to grow year on year and is ever mindful of changing regulations and trends to consider with every new model it produces. Building strong working relationships with the industries leading manufacturers and the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and providing customers with real choice with options including:

How to tell if your child has eyesight problems

Little boy with eyesight problems

National Child Measurement Programme and beyond - How to tell if your child has eyesight problems

By Ashish Mathur, eye care expert, Feel Good Contacts

Strong, healthy vision is an important part of a child’s learning and development. Reading, writing, copying work from the board, using computers and participating in sports are all vital tasks requiring stable vision. Children will have to often perform these tasks on a daily basis in the classroom and during play therefore demands on their visual ability increase as they grow.

Using digital to help young people's mental health

Little girl with poor mental health
By Eleanor Bradley, Chief Operating Office at Nominet

The NHS has labelled the issue of addressing mental health among young people as ‘in crisis’, as the support available fails to keep pace with the alarming increase in demand for it. According to the Nuffield Trust, the number of 4-24 year olds reporting a longstanding mental health issue has increased six fold in the last 20 years.

What else has changed in the last 20 years? In less than a lifetime, digital devices and the internet have infiltrated every corner of our lives. Young people today are growing up in a digital world; their lives have been changed by it, for better or worse.

Revealed: the local authorities best at tackling bullying in England

Bullying at school

England’s best local authorities for tackling school bullying have been revealed in new research that has explored the number of exclusions across the country.

Using the latest Department for Education data[1], released at the end of July, Oxford Home Schooling identified the regions which have experienced the biggest increases and decreases in bullying exclusions between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

The East of England is the best region for reducing bullying, with the area seeing a 29% decrease in the number of fixed-term and permanent exclusions for this reason over the time period. This is a significantly better rate than any other English region, with the East Midlands and the South East of England coming equal second with decreases of 20%.

Professor Brian Cox inspires the next generation at the Science Summer School 2019

Students at Science Summer School 2019

Over 400 young people from over 50 schools across the UK have attended the Science Summer School 2019 in London, an innovative event aimed at inspiring the next generation of Britain’s scientists and encouraging them to think about a career in the UK’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) industries.

The Science Summer School 2019 was designed to excite and invigorate the younger generation, giving them the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers and engage in seminars and workshops aimed at promoting the fantastic and innovative careers available in STEAM businesses.

Discovery Education Announces The Acquisition Of Inspyro

Little Girl In VR Headset - Discovery Education Announces The Acquisition Of Inspyro

Purchase of Leading Virtual and Augmented Reality Provider Highlights Discovery Education’s Commitment to Immersive Learning Experiences 

Discovery Education, one of the UK’s leading providers of digital curriculum content and professional learning for primary and secondary schools, today announced the acquisition of the award-winning virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provider Inspyro. Terms were not disclosed. 

Discovery Education’s purchase of Inspyro is a critical component of the company’s global content and product strategy. The acquisition will deliver augmented and virtual reality to thousands of UK schools, harnessing the latest technology to transform lessons and inspire pupils.

Course helps teachers understand the impact of social media

Children on social media course at school

An online course designed to help teachers better understand young people's uses of social media and how it influences their health and wellbeing is being launched at the University of Birmingham.

Starting in September 2019, the free online course is sponsored by Google and delivered by lecturers in the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. It is designed particularly for primary and secondary teachers, and those currently undergoing teacher training.

EduCare: The challenges of September

Children back at school in September

EduCare: The challenges of September - changes to the inspection framework and PSHE 

The start of any academic year is always filled with excitement, enthusiasm and to a degree, nervousness. This is amplified this year because of the changes to Ofsted’s inspection framework, the update to KCSIE and updates to PSHE guidelines.

The challenges of September arise back as far as April when the new intake are offered places, but really begin as soon as pupils arrive on the first day of term. 

The Bedtime Story Isn’t Dead! 83% of Parents Still Read to Their Toddlers Before Bed

Parents reading a bedtime story to their child

But 86% fear screens are causing young children to enjoy books less

Recent comments from HM Chief Inspector of Education at Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, have raised concerns that the bedtime story is a dying art, however new data from Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries Group shows that for one age group in particular this is thankfully not the case.

The study of parents with toddlers aged 0-5 years old revealed that 99% of parents still read to their children, with 4 in 5 choosing to do so in the evening as part of a bedtime routine.

Why recognising the early signs of mental health issues in children is crucial

Parent and young daughter talking about recognising the early signs of mental health issues

Children and young people’s mental health has never been so high on the public agenda. Figures released recently show that 5% of children aged 5-10 have conduct disorder; this increases to 7% as young people approach secondary school years (Green et al.) and referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years.