04 Jan 2008 00:01:00.000
A major conference at The University of Nottingham is seeking to raise awareness about how to support children and adults with special needs in the city.
The second annual conference of the Nottingham Research Network (Special Educational Needs and Inclusion) on Tuesday January 8 2008, will bring together experts from The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Children's Services and Nottingham Trent University.
Dr Edward Sellman, from the School of Education at The University of Nottingham said: "What is really significant is the coming together of the two universities and child services. We will be exploring shared interests and expertise, and we hope this will lead to further research and breakthroughs in this very important area."
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A special workshop will be held by the Ann Craft Trust, based at The University of Nottingham, on interviewing child witnesses. The trust specialises in supporting individuals and organisations who work with people with learning disabilities, including the Crown Prosecution Service, the police, social services, health professionals, parents and carers.
Other workshops will tackle the challenges faced by teachers in relation to pupil mental health and mental health in Higher Education.
Another focus of the day long conference will look at finding better ways to identify and help pupils with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is considered to be the most common form of neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD can be impulsive and easily distracted, which can see them falling behind at school and having difficulty with their social development.
The use of new technologies to help children with learning disabilities will also feature on the programme, including the successful 'Game On' project - which is run in conjunction with researchers between The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, a collaboration of 15 years. It uses computer games-based learning for pupils with special educational needs. The project is currently being run at the Shepherd School in Bilborough, which caters for children with severe and profound learning difficulties.
The school's head teacher, Mr David Stewart OBE, said: "This university based project enables our pupils to learn in a variety of ways, which both challenge and empower. Such collaboration has benefits for all."
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Notes to Editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.
It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.
Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for three years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.