Speech and language difficulties and bullying

As part of the I CAN Help Enquiry Service we have lots of calls from parents wanting some information about how to help their child with speech and language difficulties negotiate the challenges of school.  Often this isn’t about what they are learning, but more about the social times.  “How will he make himself understood?” “Will he be able to …

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Update on the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP)

Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) training has started to roll out nationally with two-day courses currently running in Birmingham and Sheffield. After completion of the initial training pilots in March, 6 ELDP hubs have started cascading and have so far reached 165 individual practitioners with their sessions. For example, in March, the hub in Barrow in Furness held a ‘Babies …

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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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Staff and pupils at Dawn House School welcome Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council

On 17th April, staff and pupils at I CAN’s Dawn House School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire welcomed Councillor Keith Walker, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council and his Consort, Mrs. Inga Walker to receive a tour of the school. The special school run by I CAN is for children aged 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs …

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