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29th May 2009 at 01:00

Teach First awarded

Teach First is one of the best graduate recruiters in the country, according to an awards scheme. The charity, which puts top graduates in challenging schools, has been voted the top graduate recruiter for the public sector at the 2009 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. James Darley, director at Teach First, said: "This award is made all the more special by the fact it is voted for by students."

Sign centre opens

Former CBI chairman Digby Jones will open a specialist centre for children learning British Sign Language this week. Staff at Heathlands in St Albans have received government funding for the unit, which will provide deaf awareness and BSL training for six partner schools and the local community. Heathlands is a weekly residential school. Lord Jones was a sponsor when it made a bid for specialist school status.

Fledglings on camera

Autistic students at a Dorset special school awarded for its innovative use of ICT are enjoying the activities of a blue tit family captured on a hidden camera in a nesting box. Staff at the Forum School, near Blandford, placed a nesting box outside a science lab where two of the birds took up residence. The female laid 11 eggs. Pupils are now watching the fledglings. The images are projected live on to a whiteboard in the classroom.

Autistic pupils lift-off

Autistic pupils will be able to "fly" in a new show specially designed to cater for their condition. Something in the Air will take six children per performance on an airborne adventure at the Manchester International Festival in July. Pupils will be prepared for the show through a website. Characters will arrive in their school hall, where they will build "nests" as their base for two weeks before the children the show.

Site for healthy bones

The National Osteoporosis Society has launched a website to help teachers educate pupils about keeping bones healthy. is tailored to the national curriculum. The site is divided into two sections: the children's section includes a game, quizzes, and a gallery where their work can be posted; the adult section includes lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, film clips and music. There will be a link to the charity's main website for forum discussions.

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