Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2013’


New Dysphagia (Eating and Drinking) service at Dawn House School

Over the last year, Dysphagia-trained (Eating and Drinking) Speech and Language Therapists have worked hard to establish a robust in-house Dysphagia Service at Dawn House School. The school now benefits from having a permanent full-time Dysphagia Therapist who is able to offer assessments, advice and continued support to students who have eating and drinking difficulties, as well as their parents …

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Meath school staff and pupils complete ‘Pyjama Marathon’ for I CAN’s 125th anniversary

Today (Friday 18th October), staff and 42 pupils from Meath School completed a relay marathon in their pyjamas and onesies to raise money for I CAN’s 125th Anniversary. The staff and children completed the relay marathon on the school field in 50 minutes, after the staff performed a ‘Gangnam Style’ dance. As 2013 is I CAN’s 125th anniversary year of …

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A look into the effectiveness of TA support, by I CAN’s Senior Education Advisor, Clive Robson

Once again* the effective deployment of teaching assistants (TAs) is back under the spotlight.  Academics from the Institute of Education (IoE), London have found that pupils who received the most support from TAs consistently made less progress than similar pupils who received less TA support.  Why is this and what can teachers and TAs do about it? The number of …

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Looking ahead to September 2014: the SEN Reforms

In just under a year’s time, there will be a new system for identifying and supporting children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) as a result of the Children and Families Bill, which is currently going through parliament. With so many changes in the pipeline we’re keen to ensure the best possible support for children and young people …

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Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) demonstrates success

Emerging findings from the ELDP have just been released: These demonstrate that the cascade system for sharing knowledge and skills is having an impact. 89% of lead practitioners surveyed felt that the training had provided them with the knowledge to cascade early language principles to local practitioners. And 94% of local practitioners (who had participated in training from lead practitioners) …

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