FREE DIGITAL LEARNING FOR SCHOOLS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

To support schools and their pupils during the worrying times of the coronavirus pandemic, we have extended our offer of the Combo School licence with the multi-sensory learning programs Orthograph (spelling) and Calcularis (mathematics) for free.

This means that up to 500 of your pupils* will have access to our browser-based learning programs until December 31st, 2020.


We are committed to providing educational access to our learning programmes for all schools, thus enabling “digital learning” for all children whether they are shielding at home or back in school.

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Going above and beyond

by Laura Appleby of the Kedleston Group

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Since the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen our staff teams, time and time again, go above and beyond to support our children and young people during what is undoubtedly the most challenging and unprecedented of times.

The Government has advised that vulnerable children or those with an EHCP should, wherever possible, still attend school every day and our day schools remain open to welcome students.

It has been widely reported in the media that across the UK, not all young people in these categories are attending school daily, for a wide number of reasons, and our schools are playing a vital role in making sure they are supported in the best ways possible.

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How Online Schooling Is Revolutionising Education

by Mikkie Mills

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Over time, a lot has changed in the education sector in the United States. Today, if you briskly walked into the classroom ready to remind yourself of the good old school days of your youth, you would be in for a rude shock. You would completely not relate to the current classroom environment. Books and pens have been replaced as note-taking tools by computers, tablets, and iPads. Even more shocking, the classroom might not even be a physical place where like minds converge for learning purposes. It is simply a virtual space where learners access learning materials, hold class discussions, and take their examinations after studies. The education revolution is real, and it is spearheaded by the introduction of online learning.

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FREE DIGITAL LEARNING LEARNING AT HOME, DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

To support schools and their pupils during the worrying times of the coronavirus pandemic, we are now offering our Combo School licence with the multi-sensory learning programs Orthograph (spelling) and Calcularis (mathematics) for free for the next 4 months.

This means that up to of your pupils* will have access to our browser-based learning programs until July 31st, 2020.

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Popular Math Apps in the Resource Classroom: Why I Chose Not To Use Them

This is a guest article from Special Education Teacher Monise Seward, you can find out more about her work on her website – http://www.moniseseward.com/

For the last 8 months, my IG and Twitter posts have focused on two main goals; find (a) Dyscalculia and Dyslexia training; and (b) Math Apps and/or curriculum designed with my students’ needs in mind. Both proved to be challenging and time-consuming endeavours, eventually I found one.

Dyscalculia is the Learning Disability you’ve probably never heard of, despite the fact that 5-10% of the population has it. Based on the challenges non-identified students experience, I believe there are more kids (and adults) with Dyscalculia. We simply characterize their struggles as ‘Math anxiety’; at least, in this country. Based on conversations had with U.S. teachers, few are aware of the existence of Dyscalculia. They are unable to identify the characteristics exhibited by students who may have it. Compounded by a lack of training on Dyscalculia, many teachers adhere to a pacing guide that does not allow time for remediation or accommodations.

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Dyscalculia – Spot The Signs

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Signs of Dyscalculia

It’s important to take signs of dyscalculia seriously. At the beginning of school, all children experience occasional difficulties with math. If these problems fail to dissipate with supported homework sessions or additional hours of practice, however, parents and teachers should be on alert for potential dyscalculia.

The following signs can indicate the presence of dyscalculia:


General well-being

  • …has anxiety about going to school
  • …has anxiety about taking tests

  • …has a negative perception of their own intelligence

  • …is withdrawn
  • …expects to fail
  • …displays frustration and a reluctance to try (maths) in other subjects
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5 Tips on How to Learn Foreign Language with Dyslexia

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In terms of learning foreign languages, students with dyslexia are often disregarded as those that lack proper abilities to study another language besides their own. Yet, this assumption is rather far-fetched.

According to the Society for Neuroscience, almost 44 million American children and adults have dyslexia, and about 3.5% of American students already receive special education services for their special learning needs. So many U.S. citizens should not be deprived of the opportunity to learn a foreign language because of dyslexia, but many people simply don’t understand the specificity of this learning difficulty.

In general, dyslexia is defined as a specific learning difficulty that influences the way information is perceived. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a child or an adult with dyslexia cannot learn a foreign language. Dyslexia can have a significant impact on writing and reading skills, as it affects the way how information is perceived, organised, sequenced and stored, which can be difficult, taking into account that a good memory is a prerequisite of learning a foreign language successfully.

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Orthograph & Calcularis – Practical User Tips

Schools that use our learning programs not only use the software for children with learning disabilities, but for entire classes across the school.

The innovative learning programs train the basic skills in spelling and mathematics. They work multi-sensory and adapt individually to each learner. So all students can benefit from it. In order to make the use of our programs in the classroom as profitable as possible, we have put together a few tips, applications and lesson ideas for these schools.

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How EdTech Is Re-Shaping The Education Landscape

There’s no denying that the landscape of education is changing. With the advent of computers, the internet and mobile phones, there are so many technologies available today that were not present in the 1950s, or even five or ten years ago. A decade ago, the iPad didn’t exist. Now you’ll find them in millions of classrooms around the country.

These new technologies are completely altering the education landscape, from the way students learn to where they are physically located when they consume educational material.

In this article, we’re going to give you the what, why, and how regarding the ways education technology is reshaping the education world, including both the pros and cons.

What is Education Technology?

At a high level, education technology is any kind of technology that is specifically used to promote or enhance education. This could be software, hardware, devices, online programs, servers, cloud storage and so on.

Education technology, often referred to as “EdTech” for short, can be used in many different schools and locations and has been a growing force in education for years.

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Upcoming Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and EdTech Conferences 2019

Looking to connect with other dyslexia and dyscalculia therapists, educators, psychologists? Or wanting to exchange experiences with other parents of children with learning disabilities? There are a number of conferences coming up in 2019 focused on dyslexia and dyscalculia. Have a look at the list below!


Dyslexia Association of Singapore – Preschool Seminar 2019

20th March – Singapore, SG

Back by popular demand for the 7th year, the Preschool Seminar 2019 is a seminar organised by Preschool professionals from Specialised Educational Services (SES), a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. 

Preschool practitioners from the Dyslexia Association of Singapore will share about educating the young ones and also tips and tricks to support the weaker learners. Featuring two keynote speakers who will discuss social-emotional competence as well as learning in young children, the Preschool Seminar 2019 also includes 4 breakout workshops in various topics.

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