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SEND pupils develop growth mindset

puzzles-sendPupils with SEND are being encouraged by a leading educational psychologist to adopt a growth mindset.

Thousands are missing out on the educational workshops designed to provide pupils of all abilities with the skills they need to adopt a growth mindset, say experts.

In the UK, 14.4% of pupils have specific learning difficulties (SLD), 25% of which also have moderate learning difficulties (MLD). These pupils face huge barriers in mastering numeracy and literacy skills. 

Working together for a Bett-er education

This year’s Bett Show is taking place in January at the ExCeL in London. With 850 leading companies attending, Bett – the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape – promises to showcase 103 exciting new edtech start-ups and bring together over 34,700 attendees from the global education community.

They come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.

Here, we take a look at just a handful of the exciting products and services on show at Bett, to help you decide how to plan your day.

Music and Drama Expo is sure to hit the right note

The Music & Drama Education Expo has an array of workshops on offer for special needs teachers, with sessions on accessible orchestras, inclusive ensembles and healing through music. 

The London Olympia show takes place in February and promises to deliver over 80 workshops and seminars, a comprehensive exhibition showcasing products and services from over 150 performing arts organisations, and the chance to network with 2,500 music and drama teachers from over 40 countries.

 

Inclusivity Festivals Inspire Over 2,500 Children

Allianz

More than 30,960 boccia balls have been thrown and 200 seated volleyball games taken place in a bid to get primary school children across the UK thinking about how they can be more inclusive at school.

There are around 770,000 children in the UK living with disabilities - equal to around one in 20 children. National children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and Allianz Insurance are celebrating a successful partnership which brought together 2,580 young people with and without Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND).

Since June 2017, a national series of 20 mixed-ability, inclusive, multi-sport festivals have been held in the UK to build on the legacy of the Paralympics and ensure all children have access to sport and physical activity.

Alderman White School is now Autism Friendly

Alderman White School

Alderman White School in Nottingham signs Autism Alliance Charter in partnership with Autism East Midlands and celebrates the unveil of The Haven (student space)

Alderman White School in Nottingham signs Autism Alliance Charter in partnership with Autism East Midlands and celebrates the unveil of The Haven (student space).  Since the summer of 2017 the learning and development team at Autism East Midlands working in partnership with the Autism Alliance have provided autism awareness training for all the staff at the school and have also produced an autism friendly environmental audit.  The school have worked closely and swiftly to ensure suitable changes have been made to improve their school and to ensure an autism friendly environment.

SoapBox Labs

SoapBox Labs

SoapBox Labs, the leading company in kid’s speech recognition technology, announces its cloud-based API, which accurately recognizes children’s voices and easily integrates with smart devices and applications for kids. Device manufacturers and application developers can now voice-enable children’s products easily and effectively, by taking advantage of the new Soapbox API technology. Soapbox Labs is quickly solving one of the most frustrating issues in the technology space, by recognizing and responding to children’s unique vocal and behavioral characteristics. Soapbox provides a high performance voice-interface for kids everywhere, on all devices and environments.

Every day feels like christmas at Regard

christmas at Regard

For individuals who live at a group of residential care and supported living services for people with learning disabilities and mental health in Wales and the North West, the run-up to Christmas is proving to be a more exciting than ever this year.

Since December 1, the services run by the Regard Group, have been taking part in a ‘24-days to Christmas’ project where people they support undertake a different festive activity each day. 

“It means every day there is something new to look forward to.” said Ann Peebles, manager of The Uplands in Newbridge, Gwent, one of 28 services taking part. 

Regard MD Carole Edmond is ‘one to watch’

Carole Edmond

Carole Edmond, managing director of the Regard Group - the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury - has been included in the 2017 list of ‘100 Women To Watch,’ Cranfield School of Management’s annual showcase for top female achievers in the UK.

The Education Sector Needs to Get to Grips with GDPR

GDPR

On the 25th of May 2018 the Data Protection Act will be replaced by The General Data Protection Regulation, commonly referred to as GDPR. GDPR will place increased responsibilities upon every education establishment, regardless of the age group for which they cater, regarding management of personal data. Failure to comply with GDPR could result in fines of €20 million or 4% of a business’s global revenue, whichever is greater, and the impact upon OFSTED inspections and ratings would be severe. 

The Background to GDPR

National Conference on Learning Disabilities ‘Raises the Bar’ and Sets New Standards For Better Care

New Standards For Better Care

Family carers, health and social care professionals, academics, education and social care providers joined together on Friday 24th November for the first national conference with an exclusive focus on Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) Service Standards.

 

Taking place in Manchester, Raising the Bar saw the launch of the new Core and Essential Service Standards for supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, setting out aspirational benchmarks for what best practice care looks like across the UK and beyond. The conference also aimed to establish better networking around PMLD, which until now has been a largely neglected area in the sector and society more widely. 

 

The greatest eduction show on earth? You Bett!

The greatest eduction show on earth? You Bett!

The world’s leading education show returned to ExCeL London in January - The Bett show attracted 35,000 people from the worldwide education community. And with a huge range of new secondary education aids on display, plus a number of speaker sessions and workshops dedicated to best practice and innovation in SEN education, it was a must-attend event for all in the world of special educational needs.
More than 700 exhibitors displayed their solutions to the challenges facing the education sector – not least those aimed at enhancing the educational experience of those with SEN.

Children in Need’s official mascot Pudsey Bear pays a visit to our students

Pudsey Bear

Children in Need’s official mascot Pudsey Bear pays a visit to our students at Autism East Midlands Sutherland House School, Nottingham (A Specialist Autism School) 

Children in Need’s official mascot Pudsey Bear paid a visit to our students at Autism East Midlands Sutherland House School, Nottingham. Pudsey Bear joined in the school’s morning assembly today to the excited calls of students. Pudsey amazingly appeared as Mick the Mike encouraged all the children to shout out Pudseys name in a rhythmic chant. After a minute of shouts of PUDSEY miraculously he appeared! Through the assembly Pudsey danced, waved and listened to presentation by classes. Pudsey Bear also hugged and shook hands with nearly every child.

Making mental health awareness training more accessible to schools.

mental health awareness

Safeguarding and Duty of Care experts EduCare Learning Ltd. have launched a new Mental Wellbeing course in partnership with YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

The online course covers common Mental Health issues faced by children and young people, how to build resilience and what support mechanisms can be put in place for those experiencing Mental Health problems.

Learning to Take on the Challenge - do you dare?

Action4Youth

Action4Youth, an energetic youth charity that provides positive, often transformational experiences and activities, works to enable young people of all abilities and disabilities to learn to challenge themselves - learning what they can achieve rather than what they can’t.

 

Confidence, self-belief and people skills are not traits that come naturally to young people with learning disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN), so it’s easy to see how they can become self-conscious, isolated and afraid to try new things. One youth charity is working with SEN students, taking them out of their comfort zone and opening their eyes to the possibilities and opportunities that life has to offer.

 

A Teacher's #TeamCalvert Story

A Teacher's #TeamCalvert Story

CLOtC accredited centre Calvert Trust Exmoor have just released the third film in their #TeamCalvert series, all about  accessible school residential experiences for pupils with disabilities. The film features staff and students from Mill Water School in Devon taking part in adventurous activities like horse riding, canoeing, cycling and bushcraft, during a school residential break at the Exmoor centre. 

 

In this short film teacher Sarah Clarke tells us about what it's like to visit the centre with her students. “I think the nice thing about Calvert is that each pupil can access something that challenges them, individual to them...”

 

‘Good’ charity benefits from online QA tool in face of OFSTED

 QA tool

A CHARITY for young people with learning disabilities has invested in new quality assurance technology to meet critical development planning and Ofsted requirements.

 

The Highgate-based Harington Scheme delivers individual learning programmes, including gardening courses, which are designed to help young people into employment, further education or lead a richer life.

 

The charity’s management team, under the supervision of scheme manager Joanna Baxter, adopted new Mesma self-assessment and improvement planning software to assist in the administration, implementation and tracking of its development plan as part of the training provider’s wider commitment to improving quality assurance.

 

Charities publish complimentary schools guides for adoptive parents and school staff

schools guides

Adoption UK and PAC-UK have published two complementary education guides, for adoptive parents and school staff, to help ensure adopted children get the best possible educational start in life.

The guides explain why these vulnerable children may need additional support in school, what educational entitlements they can attract and what support is available for them.

Adoption UK’s guide Meeting the needs of adopted and permanently placed children - A guide for adoptive parents includes information about Virtual School Heads (VSHs), Designated Teachers (DTs), Priority School Admission and Pupil Premium Plus (PP+).

Thumbs up for Chantelle’s birthday biker visit

biker visit

Generations of people have had ‘bikes’ on their birthday wish lists, but not many end up celebrating their special day with a whole convoy of them,  complete with leather-clad riders.

 

But that’s what happened to Chantelle, when members of a Torbay bikers club turned up to make her 22nd birthday extra special.

 

Chantelle, who has learning difficulties, lives at Harbour in Cleveland Road, Torquay, a home which provides services for younger adults with profound or multiple learning disabilities and communication difficulties.

 

Adoption UK launches an updated guide to the Adoption Support Fund

Adoption UK

Adoption UK is proud to announce that their updated online Adoption Support Fund (ASF) guide has now been published, to mark National Adoption Week 2017.

The Adoption Support Fund - how it's working for families, provides anyone new to adoption with everything they need to know about the ASF. It provides background to the ASF, who is eligible, the level of funding available, and the fund’s vision for the future.

The guide walks the reader through the application process with a step-by-step diagram on how to access the fund. It also includes the latest statistics around the ASF, including the fact that more than £50 million has been spent supporting 17,000 families since the fund was launched in May 2015.