Summer Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

I thought that perhaps I would theme some blog posts around the official professional development I log during the summer term.
My personal approach to training and extending knowledge has never been “less is more”. Since becoming an early years practitioner (and later a senior early years practitioner) I have adopted the motto of “never be content with practice but strive to be” – this does not mean being negative when reflecting upon practice, instead it is a reminder that a great practitioner is also an industrious learner. All learning need not be formalised or arduous, this term I have Beach Schools training and a messy play workshop planned.

Speech and Language in the Early Years INSET

Speech and Language in the Early Years

In Setting Training Agenda – 2012

The aim of this training is to support and develop practitioners’ understanding of children’s speech, language and communication development, knowledge of normal patterns of development, monitoring practices, effective multi-agency working, fostering parental partnerships and best practices when working with children with communicative difficulties.Read More »

Leadership and Communication Presentation

Recently I gave a presentation on communicative leadership skills. As part of this I offered the audience examples (positive and negative) from my own experiences both as a leader and as a “follower”. I found the feedback to be overwhelmingly positive; most of the practitioners had experienced both roles either formally or informally at some point during their lives and were able to relate to the examples I illustrated. 

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1 in 10 children in the UK have communication difficulties that require specialist help

Imagine spending the next 24 hours unable to express yourself, unable to make your needs known or simply unable to interact with others. The essential speech, language and communication skills you practice daily are often taken for granted; speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are sometimes referred to as “invisible” difficulties. “Speech, language and communication needs” is a general term used to describe any kind of difficulties with speech and language. It is estimated that 1 in 10 children in the United Kingdom have communication difficulties that require specialist help. Children with communication difficulties may seem withdrawn, isolated or labelled as “poorly behaved”. Too frequently these children’s needs are missed, presumed to be “shy” or seen as “difficult” due to the challenges they experience in socialising, reading or learning.Read More »

Closure of The ACE Centre in Oxford

The Communication Trust (a coalition of nearly 50 leading voluntary organisations and an advisory group, which includes the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Association of Educational Psychologists and the General Teaching Council) has expressed concern in a press release over the closure of The ACE Centre in Oxford (scheduled for the end of June). The Trust has urged the Government to consider and implement the recommendations that Jean Gross (former Communication Champion), outlined in last year’s reports on Specialised AAC Provision.Read More »