Category Archive for: ‘Community’

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Parents of children who can’t communicate need support, not criticism

I CAN CEO, Bob Reitemeier, reflects on government plans to close the early years’ communication gap. Yesterday’s speech on Social Mobility by the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, was very important on many fronts. It is a welcomed confirmation by the Government of the critical importance of both language and literacy for children. It represents a long-term, ten-year …

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The relationship between language skills and social mobility in West Somerset

Many children in West Somerset start school with language skills below average for their age, West Somerset also has the lowest social mobility of any local authority area in the UK, coming in at 324th out of 324 bodies in both 2016 and 2017. Is this a coincidence or something else? There is considerable research closely linking good language skills …

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PLCs – sharing knowledge and experience

Got something to share? I CAN Communication Advisor, Amanda Baxter, highlights the benefits of joining a professional learning community. There is a saying: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ recognising that parenting is a shared responsibility – a communal affair. A key part of I CAN’s Place strategy is that we believe it takes communities to enable children …

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Bringing provision to you – The Place Strategy

I CAN’s Director of Regional Development, Kate Freeman, reflects on the challenges local communities face and how we are improving the provision for children with speech, language and communication needs near you, via The Place Strategy. “Everybody fails in their first week at school.” …These were the words spoken to me as a newly qualified speech and language therapist when I …

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Mary Hartshorne I CAN Head Of Evidence

Bercow: building talking communities

Yesterday, I was on a train and I tuned into a lively conversation between a young mother and her two year old. They were a sharing a picture book, and Bella was guiding her mum through it pointing out what was going on, with mum commenting. Being a speech and language therapist, I sighed: “lovely contingent talk there”. As I …

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