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England: Updated Guidance for Opening of Special Schools

The guidance for the full opening of special schools and other specialist settings was updated on 20 November. The update reflects that the temporary changes introduced by legislation earlier in the year have now ceased and covers the system of controls, residential settings, attendance, workforce, safeguarding, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, curriculum expectations, behaviour expectations and contingency planning for remote education. You can find the ...
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Useful Resources from the Council for Disabled Children

Amongst the many useful resources parents of disabled children can find on the Council for Disabled Children’s (CDC) website we would like to highlight three that you may find particularly useful at the moment. Firstly, they have developed a Coronavirus Support and Guidance webpage consisting of a list of helpful resources and information relating to coronavirus. The information is aimed at parent carers, children and ...
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Wales: Update on the Additional Learning Needs System

The Welsh Government issued the following update below on 25 November: The Senedd yesterday approved the ‘Draft: Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (Wales) Regulations 2020’ (“ALNCo Regulations 2020”) which will come into force on 4 January 2021. This marks another significant step towards the implementation of the ALN system; and our goal of transforming the expectations, experiences and outcomes for children and young people with additional learning ...
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Our Research

Cerebra Network for Neurodevelopmental Conditions At the Cerebra Network for Neurodevelopmental Conditions we want to understand more fully sleep in children with rare and complex needs. The clinical needs of these children tend to be understudied, and the tools used to study them are often poorer than for typically developing children. Historically research in this area has relied on parents simply explaining to researchers how ...
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Our Mission

We know that sleep affects every single aspect of our waking lives – our mood, behaviour, physical and mental well-being, and our performance. Disruption to our sleep can have far-reaching consequences. All children experience sleep difficulties at some point, whether it’s refusing to go to bed, having difficulty going to sleep, not wanting to sleep alone, waking up during the night, waking up early – ...
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Silent Nights

With Christmas just around the corner, I think it’s fair to say that after the year it’s been, we’re all in need of some festive joy and cheer! We’ve launched our Christmas campaign in the hope of spreading some of this to children living with a brain condition and their families who have found each day such a struggle since the pandemic. With care and ...
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Our new look Oxygems are ready to roll!

Cerebra’s Oxygems, designed and built by our Innovation Centre, have made a big difference to the lives of children all across the country. For children who constantly need to have their oxygen cylinder, ventilator or food pump to hand, just going out for a simple walk with mum and dad can be a real struggle. That’s why the Oxygem was created with the purpose of ...
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A Fond Farewell To Anthea

We've said a fond farewell to one of Cerebra's longest serving members of staff – Anthea Wright who retired last month after fifteen years at Cerebra. Anthea is a much loved colleague who has made a great contribution to much of our work to support families who have a child with a brain condition. Caring, kind and determined, with a wicked sense of fun and ...
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But I Can’t Knit and other FAQs

What even is a Knit and Natter? Knit and Natters go by lots of different names but it's basically just a group of knitters getting together to knit together and chat. It can be a chance to get help with something you're stuck on in your knitting project, learn different ways to do things or to just admire each other's woolly creations. But I can't ...
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Making your gift go twice as far this Christmas

The Big Give is a non-profit charitable website that specialises in matched-funding campaigns by bringing charities, philanthropists and the public together. Here’s how the Christmas Challenge works… Since the summer, we’ve been busy collecting pledges to fill our matched funding pot and we’re delighted to say that we managed to secure £1,000. That made us eligible to receive additional funding from Big Give Champions – ...
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