Bercow 10 years on

Bercow: Ten Years On – the first Decision Making Panel meeting

When I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) launched Bercow: Ten Years On at the end of July we had an overwhelmingly positive response – and we know people have been waiting for ‘what happens next’. Monday 17th October saw the first meeting of the Bercow: Ten Years On Decision Making Panel. Chaired by Jean Gross …

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No Pens Day Wednesday at Dawn House School

Andrea Robinson, Therapy Team Leader at Dawn House shares the school’s recent experience of ‘No Pens Wednesday’ and highlights from their annual Voice Box Joke Competition. On Wednesday 5th October 2016 Dawn House signed up to a national speaking and listening event organised by The Communication Trust called “No Pens Day Wednesday”. Lessons were prepared to focus even more on …

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TaTS Employers Workshop

THRASS at Dawn House School

I CAN’s Dawn House School is an ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted 2015) specialist school for children and young people aged five to 19 with severe and complex speech, language and communication difficulties including those with Asperger’s Syndrome. The majority of pupils at Dawn House School have difficulty with some aspect of reading or writing. This could be difficulties with reading accuracy, comprehension, …

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Storytelling at I CAN’s Meath School

Since 2011, we have enhanced and developed a storytelling approach to support literacy at I CAN’s Meath School. This has been a reflective process taking different aspects of our work with drama specialist, Louise Coigley and educational writer, Pie Corbett, tailoring their approaches to the needs of our learners at Meath. We have worked on the premise, ‘If you can’t …

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Secondary Talk

Language and literacy in secondary schools

Mary Hartshorne, I CAN Director of Outcomes and Information writes about the importance of higher level language skills for literacy in secondary schools. There is a rule in my local book group: if you can’t attend the monthly meeting, you must contribute to the discussion by sending  in a brief book review which is read out to the group. As …

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