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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Guest blog: Heather Green from Liss Junior School, Hampshire

We began the Communication Triathlon fortnight with an opening ceremony/assembly. We had banner bearers for Thinking, Talking, Teamwork. We tried to learn a new word everyday and each class completed several of the activities. They chose their favourite to share with the rest of the school in our closing ceremony/assembly. At the end, 45 children (11 with Moderate Learning Difficulties) …

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Debutots guest blog: Making Pretend Play a Reality

Lucy Smith, Debutots Franchisee, tells how she discovered how to really play with her children. Einstein once said “Logic takes you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere”.  Not one of his more famous discoveries, I admit, and as a busy mum with two energetic and demanding young children, not one I might have considered particularly relevant …

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