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Dawn House School Pupil Participation Conference

Students, staff, parents and visitors all came together at I CAN’s Dawn House School on the 14th of October for the annual Pupil Participation Conference, entitled, ‘Back to Basics’. The conference focused on the importance of the challenges faced by young people with communication needs and their families. The conference had students and staff visiting for the first time from St …

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I CAN launches its Every Child A Voice appeal at the House of Lords

To celebrate the launch of I CAN’s Every Child A Voice appeal earlier this month we invited 80 guests to an exclusive dinner and auction at the House of Lords. The event launched our new three year fundraising appeal which aims to raise £5 million to support children up to the age of 19 with communication difficulties. The event was …

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Shakespeare comes alive at Dawn House School

Last month Dawn House School students in key stages 4 and 5 performed Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield to commemorate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare along with four other schools from the local area. The performance took place as part of Shakespeare Schools Festival, a national event that runs throughout 2016/17. The students excelled …

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Talk about Talk Secondary: outcomes from the first year

I CAN’s latest project for secondary schools, Talk about Talk Secondary, is now entering the second year of its pilot. The programme trains and supports young people who struggle with their communication skills, to deliver workshops to local employers about communication difficulties and the impact they can have on young people. In February this year, Rachael Black, I CAN’s monitoring and evaluation coordinator, …

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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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