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Dawn House School Students win a national photography competition ‘Celebrating Cultural Diversity’

Activities within the tutorial sessions of Y12 in FE often follow a theme. Issues around inclusion, differences, tolerance and appropriate behaviour  are discussed and shared. All the students see themselves as individuals and many, because of their differences either in their appearance or way they speak ,have felt excluded, marginalised or treated differently. As a tutorial team Andy Metcalfe (T) …

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New Primary Talk evaluation project launching soon

Evaluation is key to all I CAN training programmes and interventions. Strong impact and outcomes are central to everything we do for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and one of the most effective ways to measure these things is through comprehensive evaluation projects. In the new school year we will be undertaking a new evaluation study of …

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Celebrating the successes of Dawn House School Leavers

I CAN CEO, Virginia Beardshaw There are a few occasions guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye and a lump to my throat; seeing our Dawn House School Leavers off to the next phase of their lives comes high on the list. The proud parents, staff and classmates that filled the Dawn House dining room last Thursday were no …

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Dawn House School students exhibit their art work at The Mall Gallery in London

Kevin Bollard, Licensing & Sales Manager at I CAN London’s prestigious Mall Gallery was crammed to the rafters with excited young people on Tuesday 8th July for the grand opening of the 12th National Students’ Art Exhibition.  This inspirational exhibition features the best young artists in the country, alongside work from professional artists too. Once again a number of Dawn …

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Talk Boost Case Study – Littleham Primary School, Devon

Vanessa Briggs, FSU/KS1 Senior Teacher and Foundation Stage Class Teacher We chose to implement Talk Boost because we have a lot of children that are below their developmental age especially in their speech joining us in Reception. We wanted to find a programme that we could run to support their speech development. We already work closely with a speech and …

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I CAN’s CEO Virginia Beardshaw visits Milwards Primary School in Harlow, Essex, to see Talk Boost in action.

Seeing Talk Boost in action at Harlow’s Milwards School put a real spring in my step. A truly talented Teaching Assistant encouraging Year 1 children to ‘build sentences’ was really worth watching. I was at Milwards with Carey Bennet, Achievement for All’s National Delivery Director, to show a colleague from the Department of Education how I CAN and Achievement for …

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Using Talk Boost in our School

Gail Roles, SENCO at Oyster Park School Speech, language and communication has always been an issue in our school. Many of our children start nursery only able to say one word and sometimes not even that. So it is something we are always trying to work on and improve. Talk Boost seemed to be a great way to address this …

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Blog on SEND Code of Practice from I CAN’s CEO, Virginia Beardshaw

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This week the Department for Education published its SEND Code of Practice.  Just one more round of Parliamentary scrutiny and it will be done and dusted – and not a moment to soon, since implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014 starts this September. Working together, the children’s communication sector, led by The Communication Trust, which I CAN hosts, …

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Chapel Break Infant School, Norfolk

Sara Johnston, Headteacher We first heard about Talk Boost from our special educational needs cluster meeting. We managed to secure funding from the Openreach bursary, which was very helpful. The baseline level of speaking and listening in the early years has been low, with 80% of children working below developmental levels when they enter reception – this was one of …

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I CAN run the Bupa London 10K!

On 25th May I CAN had 57 runners pound the streets of London in the BUPA London 10K. It was an amazing day with a great atmosphere and some fantastic cheering from the I CAN stand. We are so grateful to all our runners for their hard work fundraising and training – you should be so proud of yourselves! Some …

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