Autism with Attitude street dance group from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge, has taken its success to a new level and is thrilled to have won the bronze medal at the United Dance Organisation (UDO) World Championships in Blackpool on 25 August. The troupe, which has previously made history by becoming the first special needs team to compete at national and international mainstream competitions, now ranks third globally in the Over 18 category, and is a shining example of what young people with autism can accomplish.
Wilsden Primary School in Bradford, West Yorkshire – part of the Focus Trust – has become a Certified School Community 2019 after implementing and effectively delivering online safeguarding measures set out by National Online Safety, an independent online safety provider.
This recognition from National Online Safety follows the school’s commitment to going above and beyond their statutory requirements in terms of online safeguarding outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), which was published in September 2018.
Two teachers have launched LifeGames, a free app designed to address increasing behavioural issues in UK and Irish schools. It comes after exclusive research revealed an urgent call by teachers for more development of social skills within the current education system.
The free app teaches key life and social skills such as empathy, respect, responsibility and effective communication through a collection of over 40 activities and games for three age groups (3-5, 6-9, 10-12). A further 250+ activities and games are also available in a variety of modestly-priced premium packs.
New digital technology for formative assessment and moderation has proven its ability to improve the quality of writing and overall attainment of students, whilst aiding Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and helping to reduce teacher workload.
Fourteen schools in Oxfordshire took part in the research project using RM Compare, a new digital assessment solution from e-assessment technology experts, RM Results.
Gratnells, best known for Britain’s most widely used range of storage systems and iconic trays, has sponsored a major Maker event in London.
The Institute of Imagination, a charity that helps create spaces for children to re-imagine the world through the eyes of a Maker and STEM, opened its doors at the beginning of August to host a Mega Maker Lab. Every day in August, children from all over London enjoyed exploring the five creative zones, with performances and mini-workshops in the Social Space.
The Government has announced a major new review into support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Five years on from the launch of the Children and Families Act 2014, the review is designed to improve services for disabled children and young people and their families.
The Children and Families Act, also referred to as the SEND reforms, drastically changed provision for disabled children and young people.
The Education leadership Academy (ELA) at the University of Birmingham was officially launched on Monday 9th September.
The Academy will combine academic-led education and values-driven leadership and be the first of its kind to focus on social inclusion and developing the very best school leaders to help transform the lives of children from different backgrounds.
A new survey conducted by the charity, Rewards Project, has found that schools are offering too much sugar to children.
Four hundred and eighty-seven (487) schools and nurseries from across the UK participated in the survey which found that 66% of breakfast clubs drinks have added sugar, 94% of schools offer desserts with added sugar and 84% of schools with a tuck shop sold snacks with added sugar.
The leader of one of the UK’s most prominent outdoor education charities has urged the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to improve funding to schools as a matter of urgency.
Mark Castle, chief executive of the Field Studies Council, which operates a network of field centres across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, warned that children and young people were at ‘risk’ of losing out on valuable outdoor learning experiences because of current funding pressures on primary and secondary schools.
In an open letter, Mr Castle congratulated the new PM on his appointment and welcomed his vision for better education but urged him to make it a matter of ‘greater urgency’.
Uxbridge-based Hillingdon Manor School celebrates 20 years of educating children with autism
Excitement filled the air on Saturday when Hillingdon Manor School in Uxbridge, West London welcomed past and present staff, pupils and their families to a fundraising Summer Market Day celebration to mark its 20th Anniversary of providing specialist education and support to pupils with autism in Hillingdon and the surrounding areas. Raising over £600 for three charities - Anna Kennedy Online, HACS (Hillingdon Autistic Care & Support) and Dogs Trust - the event was a chance for all to celebrate and reflect on the successes and experiences gained at the school.
The UK’s leading online tutoring agency has revealed that the use of ‘Slanglish’ is now the number one reason why students are failing their English GCSE. The site surveyed more than 2,000 tutors, and discovered that students using slang terminology in exams is the most commonly cited reason for students failing the subject, a 282% increase compared to data from 2015.
Students in the UK are failing their English GCSE because they’re using slang terminology in exams, according to the UK’s leading online tutoring agency.
TutorHouse.co.uk surveyed 2,103 of its tutors and found that the number of tutors citing ‘Slanglish’ as the main reason students are failing the subject has increased by 282% since 2015.
Dr Richard Harrold (Data Protection Officer at ACS International Schools) outlines the most effective methods to meet GDPR regulations
One year on from the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), compliance remains one of the greatest challenges for schools in the UK. An ongoing task at ACS International Schools, data protection brings its own set of challenges for international school administrators.
FundStar, a not-for-personal-profit enterprise set up by serial entrepreneur David Evans MBE, has been formally launched today after successful trials to offer schools a strategic and co-ordinated approach to their fundraising activity.
As schools experience a reduction in real-terms funding and increased costs, the pressure to raise money by alternative means is growing. Whilst campaigns for more central government funding continue, schools must consider every route to pay for both the ‘bare essentials’ and the added-value opportunities which will help children to thrive in their education, and many are inviting parents to contribute to the cause.
The Gratnells sponsored Science Technician of the Year award 2018/2019 has been awarded to Razika Berboucha from Lampton School Academy in Hounslow, Middlesex.
Now in its eleventh year, the competition is open to Science Technicians in secondary schools, colleges and academies across the world. Entrants much be 18 years old, with at least two-years’ experience in full or part time employment. The judging panel, consisting of esteemed industry professionals, look for evidence of individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ in their daily work - Science Technicians who embrace their work, enjoy the challenges and look to offer continuous improvement in the services they deliver.
Children and young people are becoming increasingly anxious, experiencing low mood and self-esteem. In this blog, Lecturer in Child and Youth Studies Melanie Smith looks at what can be done to support childrens mental health.
The mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people is a high priority, particularly in the current education climate where the emphasis on exam results and attainment has resulted in a mental health ticking time bomb.
Greenpower Education Trust is a UK charity which aims to use the excitement of motor sport to enthuse young people about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race a single seat electric car. It does this by supplying age-appropriate kit cars which can be built in school and raced at Greenpower organised events at motorsport venues around the UK.
This year a grant to Greenpower from the Dudgeon Community Fund is enabling teams from seven secondary schools in the Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland regions of Norfolk to take part in the 2019 Greenpower IET F24 championship.
The School Library Association announces the longlist for the ninth annual SLA Information Book Award.
The longlist for each age category are as follows:
Up to 7
The Big Book of Blue, Yuval Zommer
Thames & Hudson 978 0 500 65119 3
Dogs in Space, Vix Southgate and Iris Deppe
Wren & Rook 978 1 5263 60571
Hello Horse, Vivian French and Catherine Rayner
Walker 978 1 4063 4994 8
Peek and Seek, Violet Petu and Charlotte Milner
DK 978 0 2413 1304 6
Same Sex Parents, Holly Duhig
BookLife Publishing 978 1786 37400 4
Secret of the Egg, Nicola Davies and Abbie Cameron
Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, is delighted to announce that Children’s Art Week is back for 2019, running from Saturday 8 until Sunday 16 June. This annual campaign encourages venues and schools to participate by hosting an event, or running an activity that captures children’s imaginations and encourages creativity. Year after year Children’s Art Week creates an opportunity for children to engage with the arts and schools are being urged to take part.
Going from primary to secondary school can be a challenging time for children and parents. There are so many mixed emotions and things to consider. However, there are ways to make this transition easier. Here the experts at outdoor education provider, Kingswood, explain how a residential could help.
Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a time full of excitement and apprehension over new surroundings, new people and new found independence.
While the transition can be easier for some children, there are others who will find the change, including making new friends and learning new skills, a daunting prospect. And although the move to secondary school can’t be avoided, it can definitely be prepared for.