Life as a Communication Advisor for I CAN

As a communication advisor for I CAN, the children’s communication charity, no two days are ever the same. I CAN’s mission is to ensure that no child who struggles to communicate is left out or left behind, so working towards that vision means that advisors work with children and young people, parents and carers and teachers so that children can get the help they need to have a happy childhood, make progress at school and thrive as adults. It’s a tall order as you and I can see!

There’s always loads of really interesting things happening in the world of education and I CAN gets involved in as many innovative ways as possible.

One of the things in my job that I like best is working with teachers and teaching assistants, delivering training and sharing ideas and strategies to support children’s language and communication skills. As early years lead communication advisor for I CAN, much of my work is focused around early years education, however it’s important for me to keep well informed around all age ranges and the changing policy contexts which affect all schools.

So, each and every day I am working with Local Authorities, schools and settings in the North of England. Sometimes I am working with other practitioners on the I CAN Talk programmes, but also on other projects that I CAN is involved with such as A Chance to Talk (ACTT), Communication Ambassadors Project and Early Talk 0-3 – this can involve writing information or training, developing resources or researching for an article.

It’s not a ‘9-5’ job, as there is some travelling involved with some unsocial hours (especially when schools request evening twilight or weekend training) – and it’s nothing if not varied! Advisors generally are home-based and so a small amount of space is needed to set up a home office but most days it’s ‘off and away’ out into schools to work in partnership to support children’s communication. If you want to read more about I CAN and the work we do, check out our website on www.ican.org.uk.

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