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AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day - 28th April 2017

Submitted by office on 4 January 2017 - 2:03pm

AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day - 28th April 2017

The first of a series of 3 literacy & AAC (/SLCN) days is planned for Friday April 28th. The days will address the needs of children in special school and mainstream school & kickstart a special interest group with subsequent days planned. The days will be suitable for professionals and family members.

Aim: The aim of the 3 study days is to share knowledge and experience between the mainstream and special sector with a view to improving the literacy learning of students who have complex communication needs, particularly those who rely on AAC. While the focus is on students who rely on AAC, there are a much wider cohort of students who have SLCN (Speech Language and Communication Needs) who could benefit from similar input.

Background information from previous CM study days will be provided to participants to ensure continuity, avoid repetition and give participants something to build on. Whilst research into the literacy needs of the target group of students is essential, these days aim to develop a practical reality in the classroom based on the findings of research, the experience of practitioners who are having success with moving literacy teaching forward and the aspirations of families who believe that there is more to be achieved.

Ultimately if would be ideal if the study days could lead to the development of a policy document that could go to the Communication Trust/DfE/ministers/literacy trust etc. for consideration. Perhaps a working group can be set up on day 3 to take this work forward.

Content: Following discussions and the seeking of expression of interest in literacy study days there has been a good response with several people offering to give lightening talks/pearls of wisdom and keynotes.


We would like delegates to commit to coming for two days within a year if possible.

Venue: The Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4BF - www.theclarefoundation.org (link is external) (near motorways, Free Parking & train station 3 minutes away on Chiltern line between Birmingham & Marylebone)

Cost: £65 members, £75 non-members and £40 family members/carers


For more information and to download the booking form go to: http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/page/study-days