TES SEN Show 2016

John Galloway welcomes the new at London's key SEN event 
It is always a pleasure to come across technology that genuinely offers something original. Often we find “new” means a more developed version of something we already appreciate.

So it was good to see Cosmo from Filisia Interfaces (see video below) making its debut at the recent TES SEN Show at Islington's Design Centre, one of the key fixtures in London's SEN and inclusion calendar.

Cubetto robot

Computing is to be enjoyed rather than endured, writes John Galloway   

The principle of entitlement enshrined in the National Curriculum holds good for all pupils, regardless of ability, even those with more challenging and complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

However, making that entitlement a reality brings challenges for classroom teachers, especially for the new computing curriculum. And that's why teaching and assessing the computer science element of computing will be fully explored at the new Difficult to Teach? SEND and Computing event on Friday July 1 in Tower Hamlets, London (UPDATE: event now cancelled).

Royal recognition and top business award for Martin Littler and Inclusive  

Leading special needs supplier Inclusive Technology has won the UK's most prestigious business award, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016. It was announced today, April 21, on the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The award is for outstanding achievement in international trade in recognition that 72 per cent of the special education schools and settings using Oldham-based Inclusive’s online resources are overseas – more than half of them in the United States.

Paul Smyth

Sally McKeown was in on the birth of a new annual special needs event - ATEC   

'An embarrassment of riches' was the best phrase to describe the recent Assistive Technology Exhibition and Conference (ATEC} held in Oxford.

Originally designed for 150 delegates, there were 225 of us crammed in to the venue on the day. But no one was complaining.

Ember beacon

Further education will have its own new special needs conference in May, writes Sal McKeown

While newspapers are full of stories of cuts to disability services and every week politicians demand that teachers create more pupils in their own image, it is heartening to see Barclays, with fresh kudos for its Digital Eagles scheme, sponsoring a new Assistive Technology Exhibition and Conference (ATEC) to be held at Jury's Inn, Oxford, on May 17.

picreezaawoodunReeza AwoodunThe idea sprang to life 12 months ago when Antony Ruck, of Archent Consultancy and chair of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA), and Reeza Awoodun of TechEd Marketing met up to discuss how they could promote best practice in the use of assistive technology.