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Teaching graduate supports students with disabilities

A teaching graduate who trains university students with disabilities how to use software to help with their degree, has received support from Leeds Trinity University. 29-year-old Jareth Anstey is a freelance Assistive Technology Trainer who

delivers face-to-face and online training to students at the University of York and York St. John. He teaches students to use software including text-to- speak, dictation, spelling and mind-mapping, among others. “I worked at Vodafone in my early 20s and loved showing people how

they could benefit from technology”, said Jareth. “I started freelance training and completed a Master’s and PGCE whilst working, but when I graduated from Leeds Trinity, I focused more on my business which expanded quicker than I expected.” Jareth, who lives in York, works with 40 to 50 students at any one time,

offering weekly or one-off sessions which usually last for two hours. In the last four years, he’s delivered training to more than 100 students with disabilities. Jareth added: “Assistive technology can have an enormous impact on a

disabled student’s life and can mean the difference between a pass or fail at university. I’ve worked with a Paralympic swimming medallist who was unable to type so taught them how to use speech software, and a student with dyslexia who struggled with proofreading, so taught them how to use text-to-speech software. Without my support, they might not have achieved the results they did, and I feel really proud to be making a difference.” Jareth received £500 from Leeds Trinity University’s Inspiring Futures

Programme Enterprise Fund in December 2019 to support the development of his business. He’ll use the funding to invest in more technology and contribute towards a Study Skills training course to offer additional support to students. In the future Jareth wants to manage a team of trainers to support more students across the region. Greg Barnes, Head of Department for Business and Law at Leeds Trinity

University, said: “Jareth’s business has a direct impact on students’ lives every day and it’s something he clearly enjoys. We’re delighted to be able to support him through our Inspiring Futures Programme and look forward to seeing as his business continues to progress.”

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Education initiative Kids Country announces exciting new partnership with Primary Engineer and Construction Equipment Association

Kids Country, the education arm of the East of England Agricultural Society, has announced a new working partnership with Primary Engineer and Construction Equipment Association (CEA) to offer primary schools in Peterborough and surrounding areas a fully funded CPD (Continuing Professional Development) programme, ‘Structures and Mechanisms with Basic Electrics’, with an agricultural theme, hosted at the East of England Showground on Thursday 27th February 2020. Sandra Lauridsen, Education Manager for Kids Country, said: “We are

really happy that Primary Engineer and CEA have partnered with us to offer one of their amazing CPD courses centred on technology and engineering in agriculture, which builds on a new technology focus we had at our flagship event, the Food and Farming Day, in 2019. We know there is a real appetite for understanding this side of agriculture as the interest at our Food and Farming Day was huge.” Sandra continued: “The really exciting thing about this CPD course is

that teachers will be able to deliver this project for years to come after their training, making generations of children aware of the opportunities to enter careers in agriculture that they may not have thought about before.” The Primary Engineer and CEA course is a one day practical CPD

course for Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers from Peterborough and the surrounding areas (two teachers per school), which will enable participants to deliver a whole-class, curriculum-mapped engineering project focusing on an agricultural theme to fit in with Kids Country, who offer educational events to schools centred on food, farming and the environment. The course will provide teachers with all of the skills and materials to

then engage pupils in cross curricular application of mathematics, literacy and design technology, through the design, construction and testing of a fully functioning agricultural vehicle. This course also covers the safe and correct use of tools, materials and basic electrics in the manufacture of a range of agricultural vehicles before taking the projects back to school to share with pupils and colleagues.

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