Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 11:25

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes an update on the SEN Reforms, details about where TCT are going to be the next couple of months and information about the SEND pathfinder champions.

View the May 2014 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 09:22

A selection of related articles, news, resources and information from across the web this month.

Improving Talk for Teaching and Learning - EEF Projects - The Education Endowment Foundation

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This programme aims to improve the quality of classroom talk as a means to increasing pupils' engagement, learning and attainment. It will develop and test a training programme which uses video, print materials and in-school mentoring. The approach, termed ‘dialogic teaching’, is based on the belief that the improvement of classroom talk requires attention to the speaking skills of the teacher as well as to children's developing oral capacities. It emphasises dialogue through which pupils learn to reason, discuss, argue and explain as well as merely respond, in order to develop their higher order thinking as well as their articulacy.

5 Apps for Speech and Language Development from Afasic Scotland

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Some really useful (and fun!) mobile and tablet apps that help children play and learn. Please note: The inclusion of these applications in this news article is not endorsement from NAPLIC and does not imply reliability.

Pragmatics abilities in narrative production: a cross-disorder comparison

Published May 2014,

This study aimed to disentangle contributions of socio-pragmatic and structural language deficits to narrative competence by comparing the narratives of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; n = 25), non-autistic children with language impairments (LI; n = 23), and children with typical development (TD; n = 27).

Reading and language intervention for children at risk of dyslexia: a randomised controlled trial

Published on 6 May 2014,

This study aimed to quantify the non-hospital healthcare costs associated with language difficulties within two nationally representative samples of children.

Is SLI a useful label - Slides for a talk at Specific Language Impairment SIG in Scotland - Study Day

Published on 16 May 2014,

Presentation by eminent speaker and researcher in the field of SLI - Professor Dorothy Bishop.

Healthcare costs associated with language difficulties up to 9 years of age: Australian population-based study

Published on 17 May 2014,

Intervention studies for children at risk of dyslexia have typically been delivered preschool, and show short-term effects on letter knowledge and phoneme awareness, with little transfer to literacy.

New BabyTalk app from University of Liverpool Child Language Study Centre

Published on 20 May 2014,

The pilot version of this new BabyTalk app is nearly ready to go. Based on the UK-CDI, it allows parents to track their baby's language and get instant feedback about their development. The University of Liverpool Child Language Study Centre need parents of babies aged between 12 and 19 months, who live in north west England, to help them pilot the app. If you are interested in taking part, contact us via the UK-CDI team on

Graduates close nursery quality gap in disadvantaged areas

Article by Catherine Gaunt, published on 28 May 2014,

Employing graduates in PVI nurseries significantly raises quality in disadvantaged areas, according to a new study by Oxford University academics.

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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.

Read article in the Telegraph

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).

Conference content

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

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Or contact Sarah Cann 01827 311 500