09:00 – 09:45

Registration and refreshments

09:45 – 10:00

Chair’s introduction and welcome

Kamini Gadhok MBE, Chief Executive, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote 1

The latest national plans for Speech, Communication

Jean Gross, The Communication Champion

10:30 – 11:00

Keynote 2

Achieving effective collaborative working practices to meet the needs of all your pupils with SLCN

Dr Victoria Joffe, Reader in developmental speech, language and communication impairments, City University

11.00 – 11.10


11:10 – 11:40

Morning refreshments

11.40 – 12.10

Keynote 3

Early identification and intervention: Recognising students with SLCN and taking appropriate action
Professor Geoff Lindsay, Director, Centre for Eduactional Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR), University of Warwick

12:10 – 13:00

Streamed sessions




Coordinating teaching and support staff to ensure inclusion is a priority in all areas of the curriculum

Differentiation: Engaging and challenging all pupils in mixed ability classrooms
Laura McClean, Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Islington

Enhancing your students social skills to assist them in developing healthy peer relationships

Alex Kelly

Social Skills Resource Author and Speech and Language Therapist

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Keynote 4

Providing effective joined up support for the families of your students with SLCN
Lindy Peacey, PhD, CertMRCSLT, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Education, University of London, (CEDAR), University of Warwick

14:30 – 15:20

Streamed sessions




Providing effective provision for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum to develop their communication skills
Gareth D Morewood, Director of Curriculum Support [SENCO] and Clare Langton, Strand Manager: Communication & Interaction, Preistnall School, Stockport

Boosting your students self esteem and confidence levels to build their social and emotional skills

Social Skills Resource Author and Speech and Language Therapist

Practical strategies for encouraging students to become active, independent and evaluative learners

Dr Victoria Joffe

Reader in developmental speech, language and communication impairments, City University

15:20 – 15:40

Afternoon refreshments

15:40 – 16:30

Streamed sessions




Developing the student as a thinker: Effective techniques to develop language for thinking and questioning

Mary Hartshorne

Head of Quality and Outcomes, I CAN

Working with pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to narrow the gap in speech and language skills
Amanda Desmond, Senior Teacher – Learning Support [SENCO], Southfields Community College

Working with students with challenging behaviour to identify any underlying speech, language or communication problems

Amanda Hampshire, Speech and Language Therapist, County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services and Co-Author of “Communication In the Classroom”


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