Crest Nicholson brings festive fun to local school in Sunbury-on-Thames

Crest Nicholson’s South division is proud to announce its support for the Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School in Sunbury-on-Thames. The award-winning developer has recently donated £250 to assist with the school’s annual Christmas Fayre, which took place on Friday 7th December.  Crest Nicholson has been supporting the school’s annual Christmas Fayre for several years, which typically receives up to 250 attendees across the school and local community. The family activities enjoyed this year included everything from a Santa’s Grotto and Christmas arts and crafts for the children, to a festive family BBQ and games, ensuring there was something for everyone. 

FutureLearn Partners with Amnesty International

FutureLearn Partners with Amnesty International

FutureLearn, the online social learning platform owned by The Open University, is partnering with the world's leading human rights organisation, Amnesty International, to provide a free online course introducing learners to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The announcement of the partnership and co-created online course, Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comes on the day of the 70th anniversary of the revolutionary document being signed.

Despite the difficulties, fostering a disabled child is the most rewarding thing we’ve ever done

Joanne and Stephen on fostering a disabled child

For Joanne and Stephen Phillips, 2012 was a major turning point in their life – it was the year they applied to become foster carers. For Joanne, this opportunity was exactly what she’d been yearning for. Having previously worked in the care industry, her role at the time valeting motor homes, did not offer the level of job satisfaction that she desperately craved. 

After seeing an advert in their local newspaper, the Doncaster-based couple took some time to deliberate the practicalities of fostering. They decided that it was a win-win opportunity, allowing Joanne to return to a career in care while offered a loving, stable home for a child in need. From here, they contacted Fostering People, and were delighted when their application was successful.

Education that’s truly special

Education that’s truly special - Ringwood Logo

When you visit the stunning, eco-friendly, 40 acre campus on the Dorset/Hampshire border it becomes apparent why this college is a first choice for parents and young adults with special educational needs.

Individual buildings linked by natural pathways through green open spaces and woodland give a sense of calm and wellbeing. Exclusive onsite facilities include a gym hall, heated indoor swimming pool, kitchen garden and purpose-built therapy building offering onsite specialist input from occupational, physiotherapy as well as complementary therapies such as massage, music and art.

Options Trent Acres school celebrates Outstanding Ofsted

Options Trent Acres school student

Options Trent Acres, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, a special independent school for boys and girls aged 8-18 with autism and a range of complex needs, including mild learning disability, is celebrating having been officially declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. The school, run by Options Autism is part of the Outcomes First Group.

Inspectors commended the school, stating that Options Trent Acres “provides a rich and rewarding educational experience for all pupils”.

Shaw Education Trust celebrates exceptional achievement

Shaw Education Trust award

Shaw Education Trust uses innovative approach to raising student aspirations with a key stage 3 awards ceremony. 

Students from across the Shaw Education Trust and their parents were invited to an Exceptional Achievement Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of students who have shown progression in their performance.

Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, Jo Morgan, utilised her speech to inspire students saying: “You are here because you had the courage and confidence to reach for the stars- to live your dreams and work hard for your success.

“Education is the pathway to enable freedom, choice and independence. Whether you want to be a brain surgeon, astronaut, nuclear physicist or leader of the UN, the power you have is in your hands.”

Literacy intervention in West Yorkshire boys’ school improves reading age by more than a year 

Literacy intervention at school

Head teacher at Upper Batley High School Samantha Vickers explains how Supply Desk’s literacy intervention programme ‘Love to Read’ improved pupils’ reading age across the school, which has a high proportion of English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs (SEN) students. 

About the school

The key components of a mentally healthy school

The key components of a mentally healthy school, Centre for Child Mental Health

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of the Centre for Child Mental Health(CCMH) and Co-Director of Trauma Informed Schools UK– discusses the key components of a mentally healthy school. 

We have health and safety policies for children’s bodies in our schools – so why don’t we have health and safety policies for children’s minds? We have all the evidence we need on the adult-child relationship experiences that cause mental health problems and those that heal. 

All aboard! Pupils set off for a trampoline adventure in shiny new minibus!

Kids sat outs the Variety Sunshine Coach

Special needs pupils at a local primary school hit the road in their brand new minibus, from Variety Sunshine Coach, – hours after it was presented to them by Canary Wharf Contractors Fund (​CWCF), its generous donor.

Alison Helm, headteacher of North Beckton Primary School was handed the keys to the minibus by Tom Kelly, Head of Construction Operations, during a special ceremony, at the school, last Friday.

CWCF joined forces with Variety, the Children’s Charity to secure the school’s new minibus, which is officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach.

Future Fit Training partners with Fit for Sport

Future Fit Training logo

Future Fit Training partners with Fit for Sport to offer an industry leading Children’s Fitness Qualification

Future Fit Training has joined forces with Fit for Sport - UK experts in educating and engaging children and young people through physical activity - to offer an exclusive Children’s Fitness Qualification – the first of its kind to include a nutritional module as a standard. A leading provider of quality assured fitness courses in Personal Training, Pilates and Nutrition, the course from Future Fit has been established in response to rising childhood obesity levels across the country.

Improving Opportunities For Students With Special Needs

Improving Opportunities For Students With Special Needs

Industry and education to work together to improve opportunities for students with special educational needs and disabilities

Employers, government officials and education providers across the country pledged support for a brand new campaign, centred around providing work experience opportunities for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). 

How can we provide meaningful SEND training for trainee teachers?

Emma Hollis - SEND Teacher

Ever since the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training in 2015, which reminded us that “good teaching for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is good teaching for all children”, practitioners and policy-makers have highlighted the variability in coverage of SEND in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in this country, says Emma Hollis. 

Innovative resource for schools that helps children make sense of the news

Innovative resource for schools that helps children make sense of the news

The 24/7 news cycle, social media and 'fake news' make it hard for even the savviest to keep up with what’s really happening in the world. Picture News is the simple yet brilliant new resource that enables schools to encourage children to question what they hear and read, to think around key issues and topics and develop ‘healthy’ news mindsets.

The Picture News team consists of qualified teachers. Each week they choose the latest big news story, turn it into a vibrant A2 poster with a thought-provoking question and create an assembly plan with British values, Key Stage1 and Key Stage2 focus cards. The materials are available to schools as a download or printed and posted direct to the school.

A Lack Of Real-World Experience Is Putting Children At Risk

School Children in classroom

A new report released on Outdoor Classroom Day proves the importance of getting outdoors on children’s mental health and environmental awareness. Outdoor Classroom Day is a world-wide campaign which calls on millions of children around the world to get outdoors and prioritise outdoor learning and play.

This year, over 530,000 children across the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) will be ditching their desks for the school grounds in support of the global initiative. 

Children take part in biggest wildlife survey in schools    

Little girl taking part in biggest wildlife survey in schools    

School children across the UK will be filling up bird feeders, turning classrooms into bird hides and creating wildlife friendly bakes in preparation for watching and counting the birds in their school grounds for the 2019 RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

The Birdwatch – which takes place during the first half of the spring term (2 Jan – 22 Feb) – is a chance for children to put down their books and discover the nature that lives in their local community. The Birdwatch involves children spending an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before sending the results to the RSPB.

Time travel learning & multi-sensory teaching

multi-sensory teaching at Hampton Court

Taking multi-sensory teaching outside the classroom develops literacy and life skills whilst having fun, says Neil Mears, a SEND teacher at St Philips School.

One thing I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that, as a teacher, I need to teach the student, not just the subject. 

This is true for all children, but it’s a particularly pertinent point for those working towards, or at, Entry Level 1. 

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.