Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 17:37

Fiona Barry, the Telegraph, echoes the many concerns expressed by the Professionals working with Children and Young People with Specific Language Impairment around recent changes to legislation and especially the recently voiced aspirations for reform by Michael Gove.

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Posted on: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:23

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information on Platform 3, the SEN reforms and the EYFS Framework.

View the April 2014 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:40

The Spring 2014 edition of our NAPLIC member newsletter is now available to read via our website. The NAPLIC newsletter is published online termly and contains a wealth of news, views, book reviews, information and opportunities.

This issue features:

  • Reminder for conference
  • International Communication Project 2014
  • An Update on Recent Developments in Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
  • Perspectives from practitioners
  • Publications

The focus is always on topics of interest to all practitioners working with children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties. The current years issues are automatically sent to new members and copies of some back issues are usually available (free of charge to members) at NAPLIC events.

Find out more and read online

Posted on: Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 11:35

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information on the Children and Families Bill and the Progression Tools.

View the March 2014 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 13:43

International Communication Project 2014Have you heard about the International Communication Project 2014?

It aims to highlight the importance of human communication – and how communication disabilities severely impact every aspect of life.

NAPLIC has joined forces with organisations in six other countries that focus on speech, language, hearing and swallowing issues to raise international awareness of communication disorders and their treatment.

The International Communication Project 2014 (ICP) is a collaborative effort and has been developed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists, New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association, Royal College of Speech Language Therapists, and Speech Pathology Australia.

The International Communication Project 2014 is built on the premise that although healthy communication is vital to the quality of life, communication disorders are largely overlooked as disabilities.

More information on the International Communication Project 2014 will be available for NAPLIC members in our next newsletter.

Visit The International Communication Project 2014 website


Posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:53

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information on the evaluation of No Pens Day Wednesday, a new Consortium member and the implementation of the impending SEN reforms..

View the January 2014 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:46

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information on the work of The Communication Trust throughout 2013, such as the beginning of the Talk of the Town randomised control trial and work on the Children and Families Bill, and outlines the objectives of the Trust for 2014.

View the December TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 12:44

NASEN 2013'Effective School Leadership = Outstanding SEN Provision in schools'

The nasen 2014 conference will take place on Thursday 23rd January 2014 (Hosted by Bett at ExCel London) and Tuesday 20th May 2014 (nasen Live 2014, Reebok Stadium, Burden Way, Lostock, Bolton).

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The draft Code of Practice for SEN issued in October 2013 provides guidance for all schools, settings and providers across 0-25 years and the proposed reforms will be legislated upon as the Children & Families Bill passes through Parliament for implementation in September 2014.  The nasen Leadership Conference 2014 Effective School Leadership = Outstanding SEN Provision in schools will outline how the reforms are moving forward and look at changes in strategic thinking required by school leaders to balance the requirements of proposed new policy with the needs of all pupils.


  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice  -  0 – 25, Stephen Kingdom, Deputy Director for SEN and Disability, Department for Education
  • Strategic Leadership of SEN in schools, Lorraine Petersen OBE, Independent SEN Consultant
  • Raising the attainment of pupils with SENMalcolm Reeve, Executive Director for Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion, Academies Enterprise Trust
  • Every Teacher, Every Child: A whole school approach to meeting the needs of all children and young people, Jane Friswell, (Interim) CEO, nasen


  • What do I need to do now?: Legal and financial implications of SEN reform, Jane McConnell, Chief Executive, IPSEA
  • Delivering SEN reform in a classroom setting, Gareth Morewood, Director of Curriculum Support & Specialist Leader of Education, Priestnall School, Stockport

This conference is suitable for Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers, Heads of Department, SENCOs, Teachers, SEN Advisers, SLT, SEN Governor

Find out more at

Or contact Sarah Cann 01827 311 500

Posted on: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 19:33

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information the Shine a Light Awards 2014, two members of our Consortium celebrating milestone birthdays and an update on our work with the Code of Practice.

View the November TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 19:27

NAPLIC's 2014 AGM and conference, titled SLI: Outcomes and Impact, will take place on Saturday 10th May 2014 at Aston University, Birmingham

The conference will include the following Keynote Speakers:

  • Marie Gascoigne Better Communication CIC
    Supporting children and young people with SLCN in schools: Setting standards to deliver outcomes
  • Anne Haywood Specialist SEND Consultant, The Anne Haywood Consortium
    Measuring the impact of therapy and other interventions on pupil, staff and organisational outcomes: practical ways to make it happen and make it stick in schools and other settings!
  • Mary Hartshorne Director of Outcomes and Information, I CAN
    Measuring the impact of whole school support for children and young people with SLCN: A workable approach
  • Yvonne Wren Senior Research Speech and Language Therapist, Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit/NIHR Research Fellow
    What Works for children with SLI: understanding the ‘What Works’ database and its contribution to intervention

There will also be presentations by staff from specialist SLI teams.

Online booking will be open soon, with Member’s early booking rate (prior to 10th March 2014) held at the 2010 price - £95 (rising to £125 after this date) non-members booking prior to 10th March 2014 at £150 (£180 after this date).

NAPLIC's conferences will be of interest to Teachers and SENCOs, Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapists, Advisory Teachers for SLCN, Educational Psychologists and LA Advisors

If anyone has any queries about the conference please contact Carol Lingwood on 01273 381009 or email

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