Category Archive for: ‘Parents’

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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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I CAN CEO, Virginia Beardshaw: Our thoughts on OECD Skills Outlook 2013

On Wednesday (9th October) the OECD did something new, interesting and important. It published its first ever report on basic skills in the 24 richest countries in the world. For the purposes of the report, basic skills are defined as ‘literacy, numeracy and problem-solving in technology rich environments’. The OECD findings for the UK were shocking. Young people in the …

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I CAN’s Meath School and Dawn House School take part in The Communication Trust’s No Pens Day Wednesday.

I CAN’s Meath School and Dawn House School took part in The Communication Trust’s No Pens Day Wednesday this week. Nearly 100 pupils across the two schools put down their pens for the day and took part in activities developing alternative forms of communication. At Meath, one activity was telling stories using drama and video. This aimed to engage pupils …

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The Three Peakers do it for I CAN!

On the 6th September Alison, Caroline, Caroline, Vicki, Jill, Fiona, Fiona, Jo, Nicola & Judith trekked up the Three Peaks within 48 hours for I CAN!  Vicky completed this same challenge in an amazing 24 hours! They say…. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us and I CAN! So far we have raised over £8,000 and we …

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The best place for the early years by Communication Advisor, Kate Freeman

In an open letter in last week’s Telegraph, a group of educationalists led by the Save Childhood Movement raised their concerns about the starting age of formal schooling and the need to support learning through play in the early years. We know that early years are a crucial time in children’s development, and that connections in the brain are made …

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