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Cracking Communication November 2012 Workshop Sessions

Here are the details for the workshops that were available at the November Cracking Communication conference in Manchester.


Workshop Session A

1. Raising achievement and improving the quality of teaching by developing pupils' communication skills
Clive Robson, Senior Education Advisor, I CAN

The workshop will focus on building communication in to school development through using data to identify the need, using a strategic approach to getting communication right and using lesson observations to embed best practice. Building communication into classroom practice will also be explored, along with moving teaching from good to outstanding by focusing on topics such as helping pupils develop the language of independent learning for pupil led learning and getting praise right.

The workshop provides both why and how answers: a persuasive rationale and practical ideas for application in your search for continuous improvement. 

It will be led by Clive Robson, senior education adviser, I CAN. He is also an Ofsted inspector trained to the September 2012 framework which has a focus on how well pupils 'develop and apply a wide range of skills in reading, writing, communication and mathematics.'


2. Developing the skills and knowledge of the school workforce
Lisa Morgan, Professional Director, The Communication Trust

This workshop will look at two approaches to supporting the school workforce in developing their skills and knowledge in working with children and young people's speech, language and communication. We'll look at using the Speech, Language and Communication Framework to plan workforce development, and then consider how a new qualification at level 3 'Supporting Children and Young People's Speech, Language and Communication' can offer opportunities to staff in school.

This workshop will be useful for practitioners who are looking for useful tools and robust approaches for equipping others with the skills and knowledge to most effectively support children and young people's speech, language and communication.


3. Engagement with Parents and Families - Working together to develop better communication
Norma Wingfield, Projects and Developments Directorate Lead, Symbol

Based on examples of working with parents in a number of different ways and variety of settings, this workshop will explore some of the factors in engaging with families around children's communication. Practical approaches which consider how to encourage parental involvement will be discussed: connecting with 'hard to reach' families, making involvement accessible, considering parental feedback on what makes the difference, preparing families for times of transition, focusing on school entry and then moving from primary to secondary school as well as some of the issues relating to inclusion and sustainability.

The workshop will support delegates to consider what they can do and how they can work to involve parents as part of their school's pledge to focus on speech, language and communication. Participants will also be signposted to useful information and resources.


4. Schools as commissioners of support for SLCN: using scarce resources to maximise outcomes for children
Marie Gascoigne, Better Communication CIC

This workshop highlights an increasing expectation for schools to commission support for children and young people with a range of additional needs including speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), whilst deciding how precious resources can best be deployed to get maximum benefit. Drawing on extensive experience of both advising commissioners and providers regarding effective models for supporting children with SLCN in schools, this session will take delegates through a process from identifying need and existing resource, to establishing outcomes and finally gaining a clearer understanding of what to commission - whether additional in-school support workers, specialist input from external professionals, published packages or a combination of the above!

The workshop will be run by Marie Gascoigne, who has worked in academia, service management and in an advisory capacity to the Better Communication Action Plan. Marie started her career as a speech and language therapist working entirely within mainstream schools and pioneered some of the first services delivered in collaboration with education colleagues in schools.

Workshop Session B

5. Raising achievement and improving the quality of teaching by developing pupils' communication skills
Clive Robson, Senior Education Advisor, I CAN

The workshop will focus on building communication in to school development through using data to identify the need, using a strategic approach to getting communication right and using lesson observations to embed best practice. Building communication into classroom practice will also be explored, along with moving teaching from good to outstanding by focusing on topics such as helping pupils develop the language of independent learning for pupil led learning and getting praise right.

The workshop provides both why and how answers: a persuasive rationale and practical ideas for application in your search for continuous improvement. 

It will be led by Clive Robson, senior education adviser, I CAN. He is also an Ofsted inspector trained to the Sept 2012 framework which has a focus on how well pupils 'develop and apply a wide range of skills in reading, writing, communication and mathematics.'


6. Creating communication friendly schools to make a difference for children
Jonothan Wright and Louise Reeves, I CAN

I CAN has been working with schools to support children's speech, language and communication needs throughout England. The workshop focuses on how to create language rich and communication friendly schools, using practical, real life examples from schools. It will include how schools can collate evidence of the impact of these approaches both for school planning and for Ofsted.

The presenters will share their experience of developing materials and approaches to supporting schools and discuss some of the challenges that face teachers in implementing changes to practice in the context of busy classrooms with numerous pressures on their time and capacity. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore practical approaches and techniques schools have found to be successful and to think of ways these can be adapted to suit different school settings and needs.
 

7. What Works? Interventions for children with speech, language and communication needs
Wendy Lee, Professional Director, The Communication Trust

We are all only too aware of how increasingly important it is to be able to evidence what we do is effective in achieving better outcomes for children and young people. What Works is a website of evidenced interventions, currently presented as a prototype, with the aim of improving and enhancing it over the coming year. It is the result of work between the Better Communication Research Programme team and The Communication Trust and aims to support the children's workforce in both accessing and sharing the evidence base around what interventions work for children with a range of communication needs across universal, targeted and specialist interventions.

This workshop will take participants through the content of the website, explain how decisions were made to include interventions and provide clear information for how people can get involved over the coming year, either by giving feedback, suggesting interventions, sharing the website with their networks or suggesting improvements to format and content. Details will be shared of how further interventions will be added via an independent moderating panel.

The ultimate aim is to have web based information we can share and enhance in order to evidence interventions and demonstrate positive outcomes for children and young people with SLCN.


8. Developing  staff confidence in speech, language and communication through an action research approach
Maxine Burns, I CAN Lead Communication Advisor, I CAN

This workshop will focus on the importance of knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting pupils' language and communication that can have a significant impact on practice in the classroom - in turn impacting on outcomes for children and young people. It will include examples of I CAN's work in schools, such as Secondary Talk and Engage in Education which employs a model of action research based on a plan-do-reflect cycle. It will also highlight the importance of coaching and mentoring to facilitate the transfer of new knowledge to classroom practice.

Providing tools that help schools to observe and measure the impact of changes to their practice is an important ingredient in ensuring this change is embedded. The workshop explores this method of professional development by drawing on practical examples and delegates will have the chance to try out and reflect on the approach.