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APPG on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting – October 2018

Nadhim Zahawi, the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Children and Families, spoke at a meeting of the APPG on Speech and Language Difficulties on 23 October.

Minister Zahawi highlighted the Government’s work on speech, language and communication and talked about the Government’s response to the Bercow: Ten Years On report.

The minister’s speaking notes are accessible here.

The Government’s response to Bercow: Ten Years On is accessible here.

The statement the RCSLT and I CAN issued about the response is accessible here.

The APPG was also given an update by RCSLT and I CAN on the report. It is accessible here.

For more on Bercow: Ten Years On see https://www.bercow10yearson.com/

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APPG on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting - January 2018

APPG on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting – January 2018

The Bercow: Ten Years On review was the theme of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting on 24 January 2018.

The presentation about the review was delivered by:

  • Jean Gross, Chair of the Review’s Decision-Making Panel and the Government’s former Communication Champion for children
  • Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of I CAN
  • Kamini Gadhok, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Jean, Bob, and Kamini set out:

  • The context of the review
  • The key findings from the evidence it received
  • The emerging themes that will form the basis of its recommendations

Further background to the review is available on I CAN’s blog.

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APPG on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting – July 2017

The work of No Wrong Door, North Yorkshire County Council’s model around ‘Rethinking care for adolescents’ was the theme of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting on 12 July 2017. 

The presentation about No Wrong Door was delivered by Janice Nicholson, No Wrong Door’s Group Manager, and Anne Elliott, the Professional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. 

More information about No Wrong Door is accessible here and here

The Department for Education has recently published an evaluation of No Wrong Door undertaken by Loughborough University.

Among key findings, the evaluation reports that the estimated cost savings associated with the work of the communication support workers (speech and language therapists) to carry out speech and language assessments and provide support to meet speech, language and communication needs is just over £300,000 per annum.

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APPG on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting - February 2017

The SEND reforms were the theme of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting on 21 February 2017.

Derek Munn, RCSLT’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs, gave a presentation on RCSLT’s SEND reforms report.

RCSLT presentation:

  • RCSLT’s presentation highlighted the findings of the report, its policy calls and what it is going to do to help address some of the issues.
  • Nick Smith MP has asked a written question on the report.

During the meeting:

  • The Communication Trust highlighted its Workforce Development Report.
  • The Driver Youth Trust highlighted its Joining The Dots Report and Joining The Dots Recommendations Card.

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APPG on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting - November 2016

Developmental Language Disorder was the theme of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Speech and Language Difficulties meeting on 2 November 2016.

Professor Courtenay Norbury from University College London gave a presentation on the Surrey Communication and Language in Education Study. This found that 7.58% of children (or two children in every class of thirty) start school with developmental language disorder. Another 2.34% of children start school with a language disorder linked to or co-occurring with another condition.

Guardian science has published an article about Courtenay’s research.

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