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Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss’ speech at Policy Exchange – reflections from Virginia Beardshaw I CAN CEO

All of us interested in early language development who listened to Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss’ speech at Policy Exchange on Monday morning came away with a smile on our faces and a spring in our step. The Minister began her speech by saying that her answer when asked ‘what does success in the early years look like?’ in a cross …

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Dawn House student shortlisted to final 50 of national photographic competition, ‘Where Do I Belong?’

Dawn House student Alex Kendrick-Allen got through to the last 48 of a national photographic competition. Out of 2000 entries from around the UK Alex had the honour of displaying his photograph at the Strand Gallery in London. The competition ‘Where do I belong’  was sponsored by the  Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)  and was open to young adults …

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I CAN celebrations after Shine a Light Awards 2013/14 successes!

Individuals and teams of professionals working with I CAN have been honoured at the annual Shine a Light awards in London yesterday (Thursday 3rd April). The 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards are a national awards scheme that celebrate innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development, run by Pearson Assessment in partnership with The Communication …

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The launch of the Ofsted Early Years Annual Report by Sir Michael Wilshaw – by Virginia Beardshaw I CAN CEO

Media attention on today’s Ofsted Annual Report on the Early Years (Thursday 3 April) centred on the hackneyed clash of ideologies between advocates of play based provision for young children and proponents of early education. Was I the only one to find my heart lifting to hear Sir Michael Wilshaw strongly criticise this polarised thinking as a ‘false dichotomy’?  For …

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Dawn House School Secures Outstanding Ofsted Rating In All Areas

We’re thrilled to announce Dawn House School was awarded ‘Outstanding’ in their recent Ofsted Report in all assessed areas. The Ofsted inspection on 11-12th March 2014, found that Dawn House School is ‘outstanding’ in every area of its provision. Highlights from the report include: –       Pupils at the school achieve exceptionally well and all pupils make outstanding progress whatever their …

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