Our conference 2014 entitled SLI - Outcomes and Impact, held at Aston, Birmingham on 10th was attended by 150 people, at least 90 of whom were Naplic members as seen by the attendance at the AGM in the middle of the day.
The conference opened with Marie Gascoigne introducing The Balanced System Scheme for Schools. Naplic is supporting this and has given a grant to assist with the development of the specialist stage.
This was followed by Anne Hayward, who shared her experiences in a lively and thought provoking way, of working in a variety of establishments and settings to measure the impact of therapy and interventions.
Between Refreshment and Lunch delegates were entertained by a very hands on demonstration of how to engage learners via story telling given by Pam Cosh and Charley Bamford from Meath School, followed by a pertinent account of the support service in Surrey given by Cheryl Dyer and Belinda Griffin.
Lunch was an absolutely delicious 2 course buffet and an exhibition of resources was available throughout the day.
The day continued with a description from Yvonne Wren of the What Works database, including how resources are rated and how we can add to the database.
Mary Hartshorne then gave a lively and informative session on measuring impact, the pitfalls and solutions. Naplic’s President, Kate Ripley, concluded the day with a question and answer plenary session.
The whole day ran smoothly thanks to a dedicated committee who work brilliantly as a team, and thanks also to the friendly and helpful venue staff. Feedback has been very positive and emails have been flying ever since with ideas and suggestions, queries and comments.
All in all, a fruitful day, full of food for thought as well as excellent food for the mouth! Next year, the conference will focus on the Balanced System Scheme for Schools. Marie asked for pilot schools who will begin using the system in September 2014 so there will be plenty to report.
Glinette Woods (Chair)
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