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Mind the gap, bridge the gap: Blog from Clive Robson, I CAN’s Senior Education Adviser and additional Ofsted inspector

Just looking back over the excellent presentation given by Stefano Pozzi, Assistant director, Department for Education National perspectives on the pupil premium to raise attainment at the end of last year, it makes a powerful case for early and targeted interventions that have a proven track record of making a difference. Pozzi points out that the gap between the attainment …

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Communication skills central to school readiness: Blog from Clive Robson, I CAN’s senior Education Adviser and additional Ofsted inspector

‘Too many children start school without the range of skills they need.’ (Are you ready? Good practice in school readiness. Ofsted 2014) The aim of this recent survey by Ofsted was to capture how the most successful Early Years providers ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable children are better prepared to start school. The providers were selected because they were successful in …

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The Department for Education backs the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) with funding for another year

The ELDP team are doubly celebrating this week. Firstly, the programme has achieved its target of giving 12,000 local practitioners the knowledge, skills and confidence to support very young children’s language development. Secondly, we’re delighted that the Government has recognised the positive impact ELDP is having on practitioners, children and parents, and are thrilled that the Department for Education is …

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Talk Boost KS1 Case Study: Place Farm Academy, Haverhill Suffolk

There have been an increasing number of children with speech and language delay coming up into our Foundation year, with some children having not previously attending any preschool settings.  We felt that Talk Boost KS1 would be the perfect intervention to support the children with speech and language delay and help to create a language rich environment.  We received the …

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A parent’s journey to Meath School

Every day parents face the challenge of finding the help and support that their child needs for their speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), as well as the support that they as parents need when dealing with their child’s difficulties. Reama’s son Tait attends I CAN’s Meath School. As well as being a parent, Reama is also one  of the …

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