Message from Glinette, current NAPLIC Chair:
I have been privileged to work with a fantastic committee who work hard and pull their weight in every way. When I leave in April there will be a space on the committee so if anybody is interested please let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee meet about 4 times a year in London with all travel reimbursed. We meet between 11.00 and 3.00 and enjoy a good catch up with each other and do lots of networking as well as discussing NAPLIC issues. I will miss all this when I leave after about 24 years of being on the committee.
I could not have functioned nearly as well in my jobs without the contacts I made and information I gleaned from being on the committee.
The committee membership is voluntary so nobody has to do more than they have time or inclination for and nobody is pressured to do anything outside their comfort zone. Do give it some thought.
The NAPLIC conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 23rd April 2016, Aston Business School, Birmingham. The conference is entitled "Exploring how spoken language underpins progress in literacy" featuring keynote speakers Dorothy Bishop ("What is SLI: Towards a consensus") and Maggie Snowling ("Risk factors for reading impairment: dyslexia and SLI").
Member booking with the early bird rate is £95 and this will increase to £130 on 24 February
Non-member booking with the early bird rate is £155 and this will increase to £185 on 24 February
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Final copy date for the next newsletter is Sunday 21st February 2016.
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The NAPLIC Conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the Aston Business School.
The 2016 conference is titled "Exploring how spoken language underpins progress in literacy" and will keynote speakers Dorothy Bishop and Maggie Snowling.
Dorothy Bishop is a professor of Developmental Neuropsychology in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Dorothy's research is concerned with trying to understand the nature and causes of language impairments in children. Read more on the University of Oxford website
Maggie Snowling is President of St John’s College at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on children’s language and learning and she is specifically interested in the nature and causes of children’s reading difficulties and how best to ameliorate them. Read more on the University of Oxford website
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The 2016 NAPLIC conference will be on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at Aston Business School.
Keynote speakers at the conference will be Dorothy Bishop and Maggie Snowling.
NAPLIC's conferences are of interest to Teachers and SENCOs, Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapists, Advisory Teachers for SLCN, Educational Psychologists and LA Advisors
The latest TCT newsletter includes information about Beyond Measure, a new piece of guidance on the reception baseline assessment and the Read On. Get On. 'Ready to Read' report.
Papers from the NAPLIC Conference & AGM 2015 conference are now available to download from the website for a limited period.
The conference papers can be downloaded as PDFs until September include those from Professor Sue Roulstone, (University of the West of England and Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit), Dr Rosalind Merrick (Speech & Language Therapist and Associate Tutor for the London Institute of Education, University College London), Amy Duck (Speech & Language Therapist), Pip St John (Consultant Teacher SLCN, Language For Life Partnership) and Allison Pickup (Year 4 classroom teacher and Language, Literacy and Communication Leader), Rachel Reid and Nicola Cuthbert-Brown (Paediatric Specialist Speech and Language Therapists) and Linda Lascelles (Chief Executive, Afasic).
This conference (my second as chair) went smoothly and was well received.
Thanks to Stephen Parsons, Anna Rhodes and various others for tweeting on the day, keeping all those unfortunate enough not to be able to attend in the loop.
The day opened with Christine Lenehan and Anne Fox who gave an animated and informative address 'Achieving the best outcomes for children and young people with SLCN in the reformed SEND system.' As at least 5 of the feedback comments said 'effective start the day - got everyone to the same place' and many others felt a 'Breath of fresh air! Open, honest/balanced, passionate and articulate, engaging, clear.'
This was followed by Professor Sue Roulstone with a session entitled ‘Seeking children’s perspectives: Responding to the SEND challenge.’ Many people commented with ‘Excellent! Thought-provoking and enlightening.’
After some refreshments we then chose workshops from Dr Rosalind Merrick (Speech & Language Therapist and Associate Tutor for the London Institute of Education, University College London), Amy Duck (Speech & Language Therapist), Pip St John (Consultant Teacher SLCN, Language For Life Partnership) and Allison Pickup (Year 4 classroom teacher and Language, Literacy and Communication Leader), Rachel Reid and Nicola Cuthbert-Brown (Paediatric Specialist Speech and Language Therapists) and Linda Lascelles (Chief Executive, Afasic).
There followed a buffet lunch and the GM
The afternoon was run by Marie Gascoigne and some of the schools she has been working with on the Balanced System for Schools. The comments were very varied but here are a few:
- brought the mapping tool to life (2)
- helped understanding how current practice can be mapped/ gaps identified /systematic (2)
- Great team of support from participating schools
- great to have real examples to illustrate how it's going in pilot schools (16)
- inspiring, lively 92)
- excellent (3) to explore the power of this tool which celebrates school ownership of desire to improve SDLC in outcomes for themselves in partnership with other workforce
- new to me that very motivated to find out more about this area
Thanks to all the committee for helping organise this year’s conference – in particular Pip St John who has put together the delegate folders and Derek Burgeon who has assisted in the headache over the finances. We have continued to work with Carol Lingwood who does the technical organisation of the conference so efficiently. We are running at a loss for this conference, a first in my memory, so will need to look at the reasons why and be careful in our planning for next year. However, plans are already under way for a day conference in 2016 at Aston (so the hot mid-day sit down meal will be back!!!) on April 23rd, so put the date in your diaries.
Glinette Woods (Chair)
A selection of related articles, news, resources and information from across the web this month.
What works to improve the quality of parent-child interactions from conception to age five years? A rapid review of interventions
Published on 26 March in Nurseryworld.co.uk
An independent study of the two-year pilot programme Early Words Together found that children who took part improved their language comprehension.
Published on afaisic.org.uk
Damian talks about growing up with a speech and language impairment which he refers to as Dysphasia. He recalls his early childhood and the problems he had with talking and with understanding what other people said.
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