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European Union - In or Out #votestay



#votestay, #EuropeanUnion, #BritEx

 A former Director of several companies, makes a case for voting to staying in at the #EuropeanReferendum: #employment, #jobs, #prosperity and #security.

She makes a positive case based on a lifetime of HR support in the City of London,


Eddy Jackson | Shreditor | 54° North Video

Lurchers Crossbred Sight Hounds

 Hunting dogs evolution matched the hunting needs of our ancestors. In the paleolithic period it was the chief means of obtaining food and clothing.

During the Neolithic period, as agriculture developed, killing game was still important. Hunting became a sport in medieval Europe for Royalty.


A Lurcher, Mindfulness and Morecambe Bay from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

Today, as in the nations long history, poaching is part of country life. With rising food prices, the cost of living and economic hardships, poachers still hunt.

The law bans poaching:

"Under section 30 of the Game Act 1831 it is an offence for any person to trespass in the daytime by entering or being upon any land in search or pursuit of game, woodcock, snipe or rabbits. "

"The law still allows trail hunting - where hounds follow a scent laid out for them by a hunt - and the shooting of foxes using two dogs to flush them out, but the 2004 Hunting Act which became law a year ago this week strictly forbids fox hunting with a pack of hounds."
Martin Shipman Western Mail

For legal pest control, crossbred sight hounds play an essential conservation role.

Through selected breeding, lurchers have evolved speed and intelligence for field work. In the open the exhibit graceful and athletic movements.

Lurchers are good for obedience and agility. They have gained popularity as an exceptional family dog. Not all hunting dogs hunt animals. They and their owners well-being, relate to the enjoyment of the wide outdoors and open spaces


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Gas Adept Ltd Southampton Gas Heating Engineers

Skilled tradesmen deliver essential services. Communities will not be able to function without these. Business and entrepreneurial drive are part of this process.
In vibrant economies, there is always a strong demand for craft skills. There are a range of positive and rewarding opportunities.
Society needs to do more in encouraging young people to consider acquiring a trade.  Why become indebted through questionable university education?

There are alternatives to self-serving higher education. Here the teaching of dinosaur curriculums prevents graduates from competing in the workplace. Staff that have little insight to the economics of the world. Their restrictive bureaucracies produce educated students who may have difficulty finding employment.

Chris Jackson from Gas Adept Ltd, Southampton heating engineers, decided against university. He exemplifies the growing trend to buck full time education. As an advocate of vocational education, he is a great role model.


Intelligent and well informed, Chris shows the benefits. He articulates his success in becoming a gas heating engineer. He follows his father in the family gas heating business.

His sister schedules the Gas Adept Ltd logistics.

They are the contemporary model the government is highlighting to address the skills shortage.



Gaz Adept Ltd - Tradesmen Tea from Eddy Jackson MBE on Vimeo.

 ​In his recent speech, the Prime Minister outlined the case for promoting vocational apprenticeships. There is an alternative to the university trap.
Companies like Ernst Young, KPMG, BAE and Rolls Royce are moving to this new model.

SMEs, like Gas Adept Ltd, are aware of high standards and excellent customer relations. Chris outlines how word-of-mouth is the driver for new business. They are focused in delivering value-added service in the Southampton area.

By being responsive, the family business shows the strength of a dynamic service industry. Economic prosperity is about skilled tradesmen.

Chris delivers insights into how tradesmen work and shares their preference for strong tea. What is your taste? How do you like your tea served? Is your heating engineer articulate and well mannered?


Eddy Jackson | Shreditor | 54° North Video

AAC Access Technology Red Marsh School

Promoting inclusion through successful communications


Nursery-Education-Red-Marsh-School from Eddy Jackson MBE on Vimeo.


AAC & Access Technology for children with special needs


The aim of this blog and video is to show successful inclusion strategies using contrasting communication strategies for pupils with special needs.

 School Organization

The school’s approach to learning and teaching has a “I can do” approach to developing progress. At Red Marsh School all staff have high expectations. All the pupils work is appropriate and challenging. In each class there is a wide range of abilities. There is a very strong focus on language development to enable pupils to successfully communicate.

The professional development opportunities for all staff is a real strength of the school. There is high quality support within school by Sarah Holyhead, the Communication Coordinator, subject specialists and the Lancashire CC. All staff are very supportive of each other in developing best practice. The school delivers training to ensure that all access technology is used to its full potential to support a wide range of outstanding learning and teaching.

The innovative use of these communication strategies is a significant factor in the achievements and attainments of pupils. It directly impacts upon children’s self-esteem, improved motivation, behaviour, engagement and in developing their creative abilities. Professional development and staff training.

Due to the large range of complex needs, staff are extremely adept and skilled in providing a wide range of customised solutions that allow young people to overcome their disabilities. This involves adapting switches, control panels, applying technological solutions, making/customising learning resources, programming and integrating high and low tech solutions into classroom pedagogy.

Throughout the school in different key stages, across subjects and classes there is a contrasting range of learning styles dependent upon these positive communication strategies.

Red Marsh School provides advice, guidance and support to mainstream school in this area. Staff are not afraid to embrace new technology and working practices that facilitate enhanced learning opportunities for its pupils.  In the school’s organization there is an excellent range of inclusion roles and responsibilities to deliver this.

Success comes from actively using inclusion language intervention strategies. These develop the full potential of children’s cognitive, communication, emotional and social abilities.

Responding to Communication Impairment

Research shows that around 1.5 million people in the U.K have some sort of communication impairment and as many as 600,000 cannot communicate verbally at all without equipment. The ability to communicate is fundamental to a basic quality of life. Having access to the right equipment and support they need is the biggest barrier. Accessibility requires:

• The use of specialist communication aids

• Assessments

• Training and workshops Support is available to mainstream schools. Summary At Red Marsh School we can easily demonstrate that:

•  Pupils from all backgrounds can make outstanding progress in the successful use of access technology, whatever their level of attainment.

•  Communication aides are used to support the development of creativity in pupils.

•   The use of alternative and augmentative communications has a significant and positive impact on pupils' attitudes and motivation.

•    The use of high and low tech technology has a significant positive impact on pupil achievement, attendance and behaviour.

•     As a school we measure the impact of communication and access technology activities on pupil progress.

• Learners are extremely competent in applying their expertise due to the skill and support of expert staff. ​


Red Marsh School - AAC & Access Technology for supporting Inclusion

The school encourages social interaction and participation in a wide range of curriculum and social activities, creating a positive communication environment.

Emerging Communication

Interacting and engaging by selecting a preferred motivational object. Increasing interaction and engagement with a familiar adult. Using a ‘Big Point’ switch to request more time on an activity.

Extending Vocabulary

Extending pupil’s vocabulary beyond a one-word level. Using symbols and words to make a three-word sentence. Developing turn-taking and speaking and listening skills.

Communication Books

Developing navigation skills using a communication book Finding the correct category page in the book. Building sentences with prompts.

Social Communication

Using hi-tech communication aids to request lunch. Using a voice output device to reinforce a vocal request. Communicating socially, for example telling a familiar adult a joke, using a hi-tech devise.


This is just a small snap shot of what we do.

Please contact Christine at Red Marsh School for further information regarding visits, and CPD support:
Holly Road, Thornton-Cleveleys FY5 4HH
01253 868451


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