Education News

Parliament inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism has produced a report.          The Click icon to see the Special Needs Jungle’s (SNJ) take.            The SNJ is a parent led group.            See SEN Information for more about them.

Teenage geek

Autistic teenager creates artificial intelligence but ‘can’t get school place’.              It took Kari Lawler only a week to build her own virtual assistant, which operates on the same lines as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.            It’s incredible when you consider what the large technology companies have spent on producing something not very different to what Kari has managed to achieve in such a short space of time.               Her parents have not yet been able to get a school place for her since she was diagnosed and finished at primary school.

Couple with newspaper and laptopSEND Reforms

  • How are the SEN & Disability reforms of 2014 going?              The picture does not seem to be all bad but there is room for improvement.
  • Updates continue to be added.
  • If you are experiencing difficulties you are not alone and it might be worth looking for helpful details.               For example, one survey revealed that only just over half of pupils with SEND (54%) believed that teachers and other school staff were preparing them well for adult life once they leave school/college or training       Could this perhaps reflect a generalised insecurity felt by pupils as they look ahead to the future? 

See: What Parents told the government               See also:  Botched job?         FromStatementtoEHCP

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  • Mum’s delight over campaign to end restraint of disabled kids in schools.                 See article.                              (new)
  • A group of charities launched a new guide on 6th July 2015 to help ensure parents do not miss out on free early years education.            See also Early support for related content.
  • Here is a review of an animation game that it is said could help children with autism develop social skills, released in July 2015.              See also School age for releted content.
  • Ambitious about Autism are campaigning in the area of rights for 16 – 25 year olds, which are due to be extended.   See April 2015 update.
  • The December 2014 issue of GANF Gazette has an item that might be worth a look on page 3.            Isaac Newton School, Grantham, now has new links with Ambergate & Sandon schools.         This will provide new opportunities for Isaac Newton School to further develop the standard of education they offer.

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