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Why nursery rhymes are important this National Nursery Rhyme week

This week is National Nursery Rhyme Week – a nationwide initiative that aims to emphasise the importance of nursery rhymes for developing language and communication as well as social, physical and emotional skills. Singing nursery rhymes and songs to children from birth can help develop language skills from an early age which is crucial for later life chances. A child’s …

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Glinette Woods, I CAN Licensee, tells us about her experience working with I CAN and what being a Licensee means to her

I first heard about I CAN and their work 32 years ago, whilst working in a Language Unit in the London Borough Havering. I am now retired however I worked previously as an Inclusion Advisor, specialising in speech and language. Working closely with therapists I was able to assess children’s needs, advise schools on interventions and help them to measure …

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Storytelling at I CAN’s Meath School

Since 2011, we have enhanced and developed a storytelling approach to support literacy at I CAN’s Meath School. This has been a reflective process taking different aspects of our work with drama specialist, Louise Coigley and educational writer, Pie Corbett, tailoring their approaches to the needs of our learners at Meath. We have worked on the premise, ‘If you can’t …

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Language and literacy in secondary schools

Mary Hartshorne, I CAN Director of Outcomes and Information writes about the importance of higher level language skills for literacy in secondary schools. There is a rule in my local book group: if you can’t attend the monthly meeting, you must contribute to the discussion by sending  in a brief book review which is read out to the group. As …

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Early identification and intervention

When they hear the term ‘early identification and intervention’, many people think this is just about the early years of a child’s life – but it’s not. It’s about recognising difficulties quickly, identifying and making a prompt intervention to support children and their families so that issues are tackled before they become more ingrained problems. Thinking in this way, early …

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