Thomas Pocklington Trust: Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) position statement

23 August 2019
Source: Thomas Pocklington Trust

All blind and partially sighted university students must have access to the support they need to achieve their full academic potential and the opportunity to obtain the same skills and experiences as their peers. Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a grant that helps university students meet the extra costs they may face as a result of their disability, long term

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College of Optometrists, Vacancy: Director of Education

15 April 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

£80k (plus generous benefits package)   Contract: Permanent Full- part-time: Full-time Closing date: 23 April 2019 The College of Optometrists has an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and skilled education professional to lead the strategic development and delivery of all aspects of our role in qualifying and developing the profession, in order to ensure confidence in the role of optometrists

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Guide Dogs: Vacancy: Specialist Education Support Officer

17 January 2019
Source: Guide Dogs

Salary:  £33,842 to £35,833 per annum Location:  Home Based (Geographical Area) Region:  Homebased Job Type:  Grade 5 Category:  Permanent- Full Time Closing Date:  29/01/2019 In England, we offer expert, independent advice to help make sure children with sight loss are supported at school, and that they attend the nursery, school or college that’s right for them. In Scotland, Northern Ireland

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BBC News: Brexit: Universities warn no deal is ‘biggest-ever threat’

4 January 2019
Source: BBC News

University heads are warning a no-deal Brexit is “one of the biggest threats” the institutions have ever faced. Higher education leaders have written to MPs to say it is “no exaggeration” to warn that it would take universities “decades to recover”. They say it would undermine scientific research and threaten universities’ £21bn contribution to the UK economy. See the full

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Department for Education (3 December 2018) New guidance to help parents avoid unsafe out-of-school settings

24 December 2018
Source: Department for Education

Consultation on guidance to help parents choose the right out-of-school setting, and on voluntary code of practice to help providers meet the expected standards New guidance to help ‎parents choose safe, high quality out-of-school settings – such as clubs and tuition centres – for their children has been published today. The document, now open for consultation to ensure it meets

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Longitudinal Transition Study results published. Funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust

9 November 2018
Source: University of Birmingham/Thomas Pocklington Trust

The University of Birmingham have published the results of a Longitudinal Transition Study, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, following the experiences of young people with vision impairment from secondary school into further education and employment. Findings from the study show that whilst participants are inching closer to the labour market, common challenges were identified: •Just over a fifth (21 per

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Paths to literacy: Harry Potter Theme-Based Learning

14 August 2018
Source: Paths to Literacy

Children with visual impairments and other disabilities benefit from concrete experience and a multi-sensory approach to literacy and learning. Theme-based learning is a particularly effective way to introduce multi-sensory experiences, using a theme that is of interest and motivating to the students. These videos present a Harry Potter theme, using materials and activities described in the popular series. In addition

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RNIB Survey of children, young people and parents

12 July 2018
Source: RNIB

Tell the RNIB your experiences of education   Getting a good start in life is fundamental to helping you achieve what you want in life and to fulfil your potential. And part of this ‘good start’ is having access to a good education. For many blind and partially sighted children and young people, getting access to education is not always

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University of Bristol and Cardiff University: Study finds spending more time in education causes myopia (short-sight)

15 June 2018
Source: University of Bristol

Myopia, or short-sight, is one of leading causes of visual disability in the world. The global prevalence is rising rapidly and has reached epidemic levels in the developed countries of East and Southeast Asia. Now a new study, led by the University of Bristol, has shed some light on why the length of time spent in education is a causal

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GOC Chair calls for sector-wide action on clinical experience for optical students

10 May 2018
Source: GOC

Gareth Hadley, Chair of the General Optical Council (GOC), is today calling upon educators, employers and professional bodies in the optical sector to work together to facilitate solutions to achieving enhanced clinical experience for student optometrists and dispensing opticians. His call follows the publication of a GOC report analysing responses to its concepts and principles consultation as part of its

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