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What is inclusive cycling?

Wheels For Wellbeing

As part of their 10th birthday celebrations, Wheels for Wellbeing launched possibly a world first with their Guide to Inclusive Cycling at a well-attended conference at London’s City Hall In October. Neil Andrews Campaigns and Policy Officer at the inclusive cycling charity outlines what the Guide is, who it is for and how it can be used.

Why the Guide?

Wheels for Wellbeing’s Guide is the product of years of campaigning to make cycling more inclusive. Its roots can be traced back to a talk they gave at a London Cycling Campaign seminar in 2014, where some of its key principles were first developed, and more recently with the launch of our Beyond the Bicycle manifesto in 2016.

68% Increase in Incidence of Self-Harm Amongst 13-16 Year Old Girls

Teenage girl listening to music after participating in self-harm

According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)1, a 68% increase in self-harm incidence was found amongst girls aged 13-16 between 2011 and 2014 in the UK, with an annual incidence of 77 per 10,000 (or 0.77%) in that specific group of age. The study also highlights that self-harm is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide, with suicide being the second most common cause of death before age 25 worldwide. According to the authors, these revealing results indicate an “urgent need to develop and implement effective interventions for girls in their early-mid teens”. 

Getting the right specialist equipment in SEN schools

specialist equipment in SEN schools

Knowing and using the right moving and handling practices in SEN schools is very important. Making sure you have the best equipment at your fingertips is equally important to providing the best support and care for students of varying needs and abilities. Here are a couple of things that will help.

Flexible Hoist Systems

Overhead hoist systems can help with moving pupils around the school, and they can even be used for gait training and other physiotherapy exercises. Choosing a flexible hoist track layout will help staff to move students wherever they need to. 

3D Printing Finds Its Mark

3D Printing Moonray

Like many technologies 3D Printing has taken its time to find its true vocation where the gains in digital processing are discovered by both leaders and followers. Often, new technologies need time to be matched with other skills and processes in order to be fully efficient. The advances in software, 3D scanners and 3D printers and light sensitive resins has now certainly reached this point.

Awesome Apps Ltd is a European Distributor for the new MoonRay series of DLP printers that are revolutionising the worlds of dental production, investment casting applications and rapid prototyping, among others.

What Chill? Kids Opt For Outdoor Sports This Half Term

What Chill? Kids Opt For Outdoor Sports This Half Term

As the weather turns colder this October half term, new research has revealed that kids are not going to let this dampen their fun when it comes to the sports they will take part in. A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows that the majority of the top 10 sports children intend to take part in over October half term take place outdoors.

In fact, the data found that children will play sport four times on average over the half term week in October.

Despite the colder weather at this time of year, predominantly eight of the top ten list are outdoor activities, with swimming and football found to be popular activities that children intend to take part in this half term.

Priory Group invests £2.5 million in new Devon school for young people with autism and learning difficulties

Priory Group new Devon school for young people with autism and learning difficulties

A new independent school for young people with autismand learning difficulties, to help meet local need, is to open in Tavistock, Devon. The school will be run by Priory Education and Children’s Services, which runs schools, colleges and homes across the country for children and young adults with specialist needs.

The new site is set to open just after half term on 29 October- with an official opening planned for later in the academic year - and its senior leadership team has announced it will be admitting 25 young pupils aged between 7 & 19 years old. Admittance to the school will be staged, to ensure all students are receiving the right support for their individual needs, prioritising young people from the local area.

Start a New Chapter

Start a New Chapter

Whether you are blind, partially sighted, dyslexic or have another disability that makes you unable to read standard print, Calibre Audio Library brings the joy of audio books to everyone.  

Calibre was set up over 40 years ago by a mother whose partially sighted son struggled to read the printed word. To solve the problem, she set up an audio library so he could enjoy books just like his friends. Since then, Calibre Audio Library has grown into a national charity that has over 14,000 members across the UK.

Why are audio books so important?

Get creative with TripleC at this year’s Kidz to Adultz North Event!

Kidz to Adultz North Event!

Disabled Living has an enviable reputation of organising the very prestigious Kidz to Adultz event since 2001 and now hold five of the largest FREE UK exhibitions totally dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and all the professionals who support and work with them.

With 165+ exhibitors this free to attend event promises to be a ‘one stop shop’ offering visitors the opportunity to view the most up to date equipment and products including assistive technology. In addition visitors will have access to information on services, benefits and support organisations including information on alternative funding streams for equipment, respite and much more.

Beaulieu Park Primary School opens as part of Essex's first all-ages school

Beaulieu Park Primary School

The official opening of Beaulieu Park Primary School took place on Friday 12 October, marking an important milestone in progress to build the county’s first all-ages school.

Several dignitaries from across Chelmsford joined school staff and pupils to celebrate the opening at a ribbon-cutting ceremony which took place on the new school site in Springfield.

Funded by Essex County Council (ECC), the 420-place primary school building was finished in time for an initial cohort of 60 pupils to start the new academic year. 

The site is also home to a 56-place Early Years centre and the 900-place secondary school building will be ready in time for September 2019. 

Playinnovation launches new ‘mini’ versions of its games to satisfy the growing demand from schools

Little girl playing games

Due to popular demand, Playinnovation the innovative games company has launched a brand-new range of indoor and portable mini games which are perfect for the school market.  

Schools can now install Playinnovation’s educational games walls as mini games and perfect for use indoors and outdoors.  The games can be fitted to your gym or outside wall and feature magnetic numerical targets, moveable ground spots and a portable scoreboard for easy storage.

Young Entrepreneur sells 30 Franchises before turning 30!

Phonetics Classes Group

Entrepreneur Charlie Day started her own business Sounds Right Phonics Classes for Kids in 2016 and has sold the 30th franchise just weeks before her 30th birthday! Along with her sister, Alex Burnside who also lives next door to Charlie, they dreamed up this idea over a glass of wine and joked about how successful it could be. The sisters felt they had the perfect skills to collaborate and launch their own company - Sounds Right Phonics Classes which were fun and educational, so children don’t even realise they are learning.  Alex, a primary teacher with early years specialism, and Charlie has business experience. 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens - An Educational Visit Like No Other!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens school trip

Why is white chocolate white, but milk chocolate brown? How do your shoes link to the rainforest? What are the stigma, stamen and style? From which plant can both houses and clothing be made? Why do cactus plants look so strange? How do bananas and pineapples grow? What is a tenrec?

At Birmingham Botanical Gardens, discover the answers to these questions and many more, as you explore our 4 spectacular glasshouses and 15 acres of flourishing gardens.

You can experience an authentic rainforest adventure and then, walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions, into a desert climate and observe the changes to plants due to the seasons. Then, wander down to the Alpine Yard and Rock Garden to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the tundra.

British Dyslexia Association: interview with CEO Helen Boden

Going green for dyslexia: Frewen College

Helen Boden has years of experience as a specialist teacher and, after working in colleges with young men who struggled with literacy, and helping her two sons with their dyslexia, began working alongside her local dyslexia association. She later became the BDA’s Head of Training, Assessments and Conferences, and entered the role of CEO of the association earlier this year. As part of Dyslexia Awareness Week, Helen explains to Education for Everybody editor Victoria Galligan why there is still the need for more awareness, training and resources to support pupils with dyslexia…

Teachers at St. John’s School & Sixth Form College develop language skills with Rosetta Stone

Teacher teaching Rosetta Stone

St. John’s School & Sixth Form College in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, is focused on upskilling its staff and has been working with technology-based learning solution provider Rosetta Stone to help its teachers develop and build language skills for the past 14 months. The training forms part of the teacher subject specialism training (TSST) initiative, which aims to improve the knowledge of specialist, non-specialist and returning teachers in a range of subjects. Over one hundred teachers, across six schools in County Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne, seized the opportunity to learn a range of languages including Spanish, French and German, and the number of participants is set to increase in the programme’s coming years. 

Education recruiter responds to Labour’s proposals for National Substitute Teacher Register 

Supply teacher teaching

Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, this week announced plans for a Labour government to save cash strapped schools over half a billion pounds a year through a major shake-up of the supply teacher system.

Proposals include the introduction of a new national Substitute Teacher Register as well as plans to examine the feasibility of setting up a state supply agency and whether further regulation of supply teacher fees is needed to put an end to ‘exorbitant and escalating’ costs.

Commenting on the announcement, Baljinder Kuller, who has over 15 years’ experience in education recruitment, and is now Managing Director of online supply teacher portal, The Supply Register, said:

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018 to run from 1-7 October 

Child reading on Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018

Dyslexia Awareness Week will run from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 October and this year, will focus on 21st century dyslexia. The week, organised by the British Dyslexia Association, will include activities in classrooms, workplaces and online (using the hashtag #21stcenturydyslexia), competitions and much more. 

Lord Addington, President of the British Dyslexia Association, said: “With modern support and assistive technology, being dyslexic is a major advantage. We dyslexics are all great problem solvers, can get to the crux of the matter and see the bigger picture, and make the connections to bring together successful projects. I hope our focus on 21st century dyslexia for this year’s Dyslexia Awareness Week will mean more people see dyslexia as the ability it is.” 

Healthier, more sustainable food menus hit UK primary schools

Healthier, more sustainable food menus hit UK primary schools

Thousands of children have returned to school for the new academic year to new-look menus. A range of healthier, more sustainable meat-free menu options have been introduced as part of the new School Plates programme launched by food awareness organisation ProVeg UK earlier this summer.

A total of 110 primary schools across two local authorities in England have been working on new menus in collaboration with ProVeg UK ahead of their launch this term. Changes include the adoption of Meat-Free Mondays, new daily meat-free meals, and new descriptions for the meat-free and plant-based dishes to make them even more appealing to the students. 

STEM subject success for Shaw Education Trust

STEM subject success for Shaw Education Trust

On Wednesday 12th September, Shaw Education Trust held a CREST Awards Ceremony to celebrate students’ achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Over the past academic year, students across the Trust have participated in a variety of British Science Association’s flagship programmes, helping to improve their understanding of, and develop a passion for, STEM subjects. 

Organiser of the event and Director of Science for the Trust, Dawn Platt, said: “We believe that learning through investigation and exploring is a key way in which all our students can enjoy, achieve and learn through science. 

“As a result we are here to celebrate the unique talents of all our students across all our schools with equal importance.” 

The Price of Playing Sports At School

The Price of Playing Sports At School

Children are taking up new sports this school year which is increasing the price of back to school as parents fork out for sports clothing and equipment, according to new research.

A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows that parents spend £54 on average on sports clothing and equipment per child, ahead of the new school year.

In fact, 86% of those surveyed said that their keen kids will take up a new sport this year at school.

The research shows how the cost correlates to the amount of sport kids take up, with children picking up three sports on average per school year.