Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2011’

Looking back at 2011: thoughts on the National Year from Virginia Beardshaw

What a fantastic year 2011 has been for speech, language and communication. If you’d told me at the start of this National Year that we would have proposals to integrate oral language across our curriculum at every age and stage, as recommended in this week’s Expert Panel report on the National Curriculum, an Early Years Foundation Stage which places language …

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I CAN welcomes the report of the Expert Panel on the National Curriculum

This week, the Expert Panel reviewing the National Curriculum published their report detailing its conclusions and recommendations. We have welcomed the report of the Expert Panel which states clearly that oral language skills should be a strong feature of any new National Curriculum because of the links between language and attainment. I CAN and our coalition partners in The Communication Trust have …

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Get Active – Make Chatter Matter

Boogie Mites is thrilled to be working to support I CAN in the Chatterbox Challenge 2012 – Kids in Motion. We are working together to help children develop language and communication skills and to get active as well. The development and use of communication and language skills is at the heart of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and using …

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A magical morning for Meath! by Pat Robinson, Meath School

Meath children had a very special treat on 13 December – a visit from 7 members of the London Chamber Orchestra, famous for taking part in the Royal Wedding earlier this year. We had arranged with Caroline Welsh, working with the LCO, to organise activities, throughout the morning, to introduce the children to the instruments, to listen to music and …

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The Hello Journey – guest post by Anita Kerwin-Nye, Director of The Communication Trust

What a year it’s been! Hello, the national year of communication, has exceeded expectations. Hello is run by The Communication Trust, a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community sector organisations with expertise in children’s speech, language and communication, in partnership with Jean Gross, the Government’s Communication Champion.  Hello set out to make children and young people’s communication development a …

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