Isle of Wight SEND Stories #3: ‘When he gets to high school he’s really going to struggle’ says Mum of autistic son twice refused ECHP assessment

silohuette of child reading a book by Aaron Burden

Laura worries how her autistic son, with ADHD, will cope at high school after twice being refused an ECHP assessment. The lack of support is having an impact on the rest of the family and his siblings feel pushed out

Thursday, 27th February, 2020 6:45pm

By Sally Perry

Staff are ‘demoralised, frustrated and angry’ says union rep amid potential redundancies

Mrs Westcott-Hayes

Unison branch secretary, Mark Chiverton said support staff "are very demoralised, frustrated and angry that yet again they are bearing the main brunt of these cuts". The school say no decisions have been made yet

Thursday, 27th February, 2020 3:38pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Don’t miss Vectis Radio and 4Ps students on BBC1’s Inside Out

Jasper and Ophelia from the Short Breaks Course

The feature produced by staff, graduates and students from TV Production and Post Production courses at Solent University and focuses on Vectis Radio's 4Ps programme which helps young people gain confidence and communication skills

Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 11:59am

By Maggie Currie with one comment

Girlguiding Isle of Wight raises over £1,200 for those in need

Rainbows with the Lord Lieutenant

On top of the £938 sent to guides in Australia following the bush fires, another £270 was raised by Rainbows and Brownies on World Thinking Day

Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 9:26am

By Sally Perry

Celebrate the Great Leap Day with free workshops, performances and fun for all ages

Pupil from Island Free School working on artwork

This Saturday there’ll be loads to see and do at the Great Leap Day event at Quay Arts to mark the end of the Lift the Lid project - so why not take the family for a great day out

Tuesday, 25th February, 2020 12:53pm

By Tayla Smith with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight students given an inspirational insight into careers in film and media

VI Form tour of Universal Studios

The students from Island VI Form took part in three educational programmes at the Orlando-based studios

Tuesday, 25th February, 2020 9:37am

By Gemma Long

Isle of Wight council made over £100,000 in school absence fines in last year (updated)

fifty pound notes

The number of fines has increased but fewer parents failed to pay the fine within 21 days, compared to the previous year

Monday, 24th February, 2020 3:47pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Police launch investigation into alleged sexual assault of 15-year-old girl

Police control operator

Police do not believe there is a risk to the wider public and say their enquiries are ongoing.

Monday, 24th February, 2020 12:44pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight SEND Stories #2: Lack of support for my autistic son has a direct impact on my other SEND children

child sat alone on a bench

Karen said that when her autistic son goes into flight mode he is excluded by the school rather than them addressing the problem to help him in a positive way. She shares her SEND story

Thursday, 20th February, 2020 6:29pm

By Sally Perry

Great Leap Day: Free workshops, performances and fun for all ages #LetsCreateIW

Clay models by Island Free School pupils

There'll be loads to see and do at the Great Leap Day event at Quay Arts to mark the end of the Lift the Lid project

Thursday, 20th February, 2020 4:45pm

By Tayla Smith

Minister praises Isle of Wight officers for positive SEND report

Michelle Donelan

The junior minister said she was pleased to read about "the clear commitment of local leaders to improving services for children and young people with SEND" on the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 19th February, 2020 5:19pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Signed Saints’ football shirts and Level 42 tickets to be auctioned for Newport’s Beaulieu House

Lynn Burford, Mark King, Dave Woodhouse, Lillie Fettes with Harrison Hutchcraft, Cameron Gunton-Bunn and Maggie Feltham in the front row

The items have been generously donated by Mark King and Jonathan and Dave Woodhouse to help raise money for Beaulieu House in Newport

Wednesday, 19th February, 2020 3:50pm

By Anthony Wake