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An amazing day at the Virgin Money London Marathon!

We would like to say a big thank you to all those who participated in the Virgin Money London Marathon for I CAN! Taking place on Sunday 13th April, it was a fantastic day with 23 marathon runners taking part on our behalf. Our marathon runners have been training and fundraising since October last year in order to cover the …

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Mind the gap, bridge the gap: Blog from Clive Robson, I CAN’s Senior Education Adviser and additional Ofsted inspector

Just looking back over the excellent presentation given by Stefano Pozzi, Assistant director, Department for Education National perspectives on the pupil premium to raise attainment at the end of last year, it makes a powerful case for early and targeted interventions that have a proven track record of making a difference. Pozzi points out that the gap between the attainment …

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Communication skills central to school readiness: Blog from Clive Robson, I CAN’s senior Education Adviser and additional Ofsted inspector

‘Too many children start school without the range of skills they need.’ (Are you ready? Good practice in school readiness. Ofsted 2014) The aim of this recent survey by Ofsted was to capture how the most successful Early Years providers ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable children are better prepared to start school. The providers were selected because they were successful in …

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The Department for Education backs the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) with funding for another year

The ELDP team are doubly celebrating this week. Firstly, the programme has achieved its target of giving 12,000 local practitioners the knowledge, skills and confidence to support very young children’s language development. Secondly, we’re delighted that the Government has recognised the positive impact ELDP is having on practitioners, children and parents, and are thrilled that the Department for Education is …

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Talk Boost Case Study: Place Farm Academy, Haverhill Suffolk

There have been an increasing number of children with speech and language delay coming up into our Foundation year, with some children having not previously attending any preschool settings.  We felt that Talk Boost would be the perfect intervention to support the children with speech and language delay and help to create a language rich environment.  We received the Talk …

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A parent’s journey to Meath School

Every day parents face the challenge of finding the help and support that their child needs for their speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), as well as the support that they as parents need when dealing with their child’s difficulties. Reama’s son Tait attends I CAN’s Meath School. As well as being a parent, Reama is also one  of the …

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Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss’ speech at Policy Exchange – reflections from Virginia Beardshaw I CAN CEO

All of us interested in early language development who listened to Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss’ speech at Policy Exchange on Monday morning came away with a smile on our faces and a spring in our step. The Minister began her speech by saying that her answer when asked ‘what does success in the early years look like?’ in a cross …

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Alex Kendrick Allen Gets Through To The Last 48 Of A National Photographic Competition

Dawn House student shortlisted to final 50 of national photographic competition, ‘Where Do I Belong?’

Dawn House student Alex Kendrick-Allen got through to the last 48 of a national photographic competition. Out of 2000 entries from around the UK Alex had the honour of displaying his photograph at the Strand Gallery in London. The competition ‘Where do I belong’  was sponsored by the  Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)  and was open to young adults …

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I CAN celebrations after Shine a Light Awards 2013/14 successes!

Individuals and teams of professionals working with I CAN have been honoured at the annual Shine a Light awards in London yesterday (Thursday 3rd April). The 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards are a national awards scheme that celebrate innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development, run by Pearson Assessment in partnership with The Communication …

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The launch of the Ofsted Early Years Annual Report by Sir Michael Wilshaw – by Virginia Beardshaw I CAN CEO

Media attention on today’s Ofsted Annual Report on the Early Years (Thursday 3 April) centred on the hackneyed clash of ideologies between advocates of play based provision for young children and proponents of early education. Was I the only one to find my heart lifting to hear Sir Michael Wilshaw strongly criticise this polarised thinking as a ‘false dichotomy’?  For …

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