October Education Report

3rd October 2018



Education Update

October 2018 

Welcome to Shine’s Education Update for October with news, information and advice about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities for families and professionals.

The return of the school run can be emotional for children, parents and carers after the summer break. Here are some links to organisations and resources to help with those frantic mornings and the pressures of the return to school life.

Ideas for Supporting Families:

  • Shine’s New Website

Shine’s website has advice about the transition from nursery to primary school and from primary to secondary school, plus information about self-help and independence skills.


  • Mindful Monsters

Resilience in day-to-day life is difficult and Mindfulness claims to sustain children’s “natural curiosity and helps them engage more deeply with others.”

Follow the link to find out more about Mindfulness techniques for children and young people.


  • Emotional Logic Centre based in Devon

This organisation helps children, young people and adults adjust constructively to change, disappointments and setbacks, to move on in life with greater strength and resilience.

It is not a therapy, instead Emotional Logic helps harness emotions in order to control feelings and manage depression.

To find out more, follow the link -


  • Realistic Positivity Guide published by Council for Disabled Children

This guide, designed for adoptive parents of children with additional needs, contains good advice for all parents of children and young people with SEND.


  • Reading Matters with Shine

Shine is recommending a book a month to families of children under 5 with activity sheets to share, giving parents and carers ideas for enjoying and exploring recommended stories in different ways. Reading aloud and talking about books with children is a great way to encourage speech development and good fun too.

This month a book for older children is recommended which has a positive message, activities to complete and is written from the perspective of a wheelchair user, Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham. 

Do you want to test a pen reader?

Reader C-Pens have donated 2 reader pens to Shine, which staff can borrow to show to teachers as examples of helpful technology for older children and young people.

For further details email


  • Shine Education Survey


Shine is preparing an education survey to find out how SEND changes are affecting children with conditions like spina bifida and hydrocephalus in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so keep a look out for the questionnaire to complete and share your experiences later in the autumn term.



Support for schools – advice, resources, training and recommended practice:


  • CDC practitioners and professionals stakeholder survey

Results show that 6 out of 10 like information via e-learning so the Council for Disabled Children is promoting their modules on health resources and good classroom practice via this link and pdf –


  • Working Memory Guide

This guide to working memory is for classroom activities and was created following research by the University of York.

  • Protect Your Brain lesson plan for schools

Dana website has lesson plans for children and young people that explain how the human brain works. Follow the link to download free lesson plans -



Dates for your Diary


  • CDC developing participation skills to work with young people on 3rd October


  • TES SEN Show 5th – 6th October at the Business Design Centre in London

This show for SEN professionals and parents covers all levels of education and has 42 CPD certified seminars.

  • Digital Parenting course on 10th October

The event costs £199 but there’s Free parent zone resources and guides to all social media, including Netflix, Twitch, Influencer marketing, peer pressure and digital detoxing.


  • On 12- 17th October Stoke Mandeville celebrates its 70th anniversary

These Junior Games are a great way for young people aged 12 to 18 with a physical disability to discover a range of sports in a welcoming and friendly environment. Click on the link to find out more.


  • Free IPSEA workshop on Saturday 13th October at Hall Cliffe School in Wakefield

This workshop is for parents and carers only. Places can be booked via -

The flyer link is -

Further events are advertised on the main website -


  • Shine Hydrocephalus and Learning Seminars at Irwin Mitchell offices on Monday 15th October in Manchester and Wednesday 17th October in Sheffield from 30pm to 6.30pm

Hydrocephalus nurses from the children’s hospital in Sheffield, Shine staff and parents will be there, making presentations and answering questions.

There are still places left for the Manchester event but the Sheffield seminar is almost full. If you would like more information and a poster to share then please contact or phone 01733 555988


  • Invitation for Practitioners to PDNet group in Devon, South West England

Do join us at the South West PDNet Group on 18th October 10.00 – 2.30pm (9.30 for coffee) Babcock Office, Units 16 and 17, Blackdown Park, Southview Industrial Estate Willand EX15 2QW    M5 – junction 27.

We have some input from an Acquired Brain Injury Specialist; it would be interesting to know how people are using the PDNet standards; there will be time to do a round-up of how what is happening around the region so please do come with anything you would like to share.

Bring your own lunch, there will be Tea, Coffee and Biscuits available

If you are planning to come, have any questions or anyone has anything they would like to suggest for the agenda, please let me know


  • Disability Rights UK – free training on Inclusive Practice October to January 2019

Disability Rights UK has free training for school careers advisers in Leeds on 16th October, Taunton on 15th November and Birmingham on 15th January 2019.

Follow the link for more details about dates and venues -


  • SENCO Conference 26th October 9 am to 4pm in Stafford at the Riverway Centre

The 6th annual conference for SENCOs focuses on high quality teaching and provision for children with SEND.


  • SEND Conference 14th November at Salford University

There will be speakers from Nasen and national policy makers, as well as workshops on Early Intervention.


  • Schools and Academies Show on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham

Details about the event are available by following the link -



Thanks to Sharon, Jo, Angela, Christine and to everyone else for their many ideas, advice and contributions to the Update for October.

If you’d like to share information or news about Education for Shine staff, parents and professionals in the next Education Update then contact Jan via

All contributions gratefully received.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this Update is accurate at the time of publishing. The information provided does not constitute legal or professional advice and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher.






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