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Conference to support cracking communication in schools - November 2012

With fantastic speakers including Anne Duffy, Ofsted, delegates had the opportunity to learn more about supporting communication skills and enhancing outcomes in all children...

The conference, which took place on Tuesday November 13th, linked together policy, evidence and practice in order to support schools to identify children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and to enable all children achieve their potential through better communication skills. As communication is such a relevant and increasingly important topic, we were really keen to maximise our audience reach and provide learning opportunities for the sector.

Keynote speakers

A particular policy focus will be on the inclusion of communication in the new Ofsted framework and we were delighted to have Anne Duffy, a representative from Ofsted, as a keynote speaker. Other keynote speakers included Professor Geoff Lindsay from The Better Communication Research Programme, and Wendy Lee, Professional Director from The Communication Trust.

Please click here to view the programme for the day.

Workshops
Workshops focused on practical advice and tools that enable school leaders to consider a range of practical solutions, based on good practice and clear evidence for their own individual communities.

Please click here to view more information about the workshop sessions.

Audience
This conference will be suitable for:
• head teachers and deputy head teachers
• curriculum leads, leads for teaching and learning and anyone implementing National Curriculum changes in their schools
• SENCOs
• commissioners in the education and health sectors

Exhibition
An exhibition was also on offer throughout the day to give participants the opportunity to network and see resources firsthand.  Exhibitioners were promoting products and services available to support schools, specifically resources and/or services (free or purchasable) that focus on children between the ages 5 -18 or key Stages 1-5.