Category Archive for: ‘Speech and Language Therapists’

I CAN… train the trainers

As a speech and language therapist with a background in children’s centres in East London, I have always held a diverse clinical caseload, as well as offering training and universal services to a variety of groups and professionals. My role in the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) is to provide training days and materials to local leads from a variety …

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Decoding phonics for children with SLCN

Next Monday (18th June), all year 1 pupils across England will take the phonics screening check for the first time. Find out more at  the Department of Education website However, the check has not been without controversy. A coalition of education organisations, amongst others, has highlighted their concerns including issues for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), EAL …

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Meath School pupil in Just So Singers presented to members of the Royal Family at Royal Albert Hall Concert

Michael, Meath School pupil (left), who is part of the Surrey Special Educational Needs Choir Just So Singers was presented to TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie this week (Tuesday 29th May) at the Go Surrey concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Michael was one of three students chosen from the Just So Singers to …

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The journey from Make Chatter Matter to Hello – by Anita Kerwin-Nye, outgoing Director of The Communication Trust

I was working for I CAN, as Director of Communications, when the seeds for The Communication Trust were sown. Working closely with Virginia Beardshaw, Chief Executive of I CAN, we ran the incredible Make Chatter Matter campaign, which firmly put children’s communication on the policy and media agenda. In the wake of the Bercow Review, which the voluntary sector had …

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New focus on spoken language in Ofsted inspection framework

I CAN are pleased to see that Ofsted, from January 2012, now has a spotlight on pupils’ communication skills.  The inspectors must consider how well pupils develop a range of skills, including reading, writing, communication and mathematical skills and how well they apply these across the curriculum’. This is good news for our cause- it means that schools will have …

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