Written By: Website Editor on 12 July 2016
Afasic - Is your school a communication friendly school? Special offer for July 2016

We have a special half price online offer on this popular resource during July – you can buy it for just £2.50! This 28-page booklet for mainstream school staff is full of information which is specifically targeted at those children who have speech and language difficulties although many of the ideas will benefit the whole […]

Written By: Website Editor on 27 June 2016
Afasic summer transition courses - volunteers needed

With your course and projects either behind you, or just starting on your training in September, you may be ready for some brilliant volunteering opportunities that will enhance your experience and your CV. Can you make a difference to young people with SLCN’s needing support for transition to Secondary School? Excellent opportunity for SLT and […]

Written By: Website Editor on 21 July 2016
SEND inspections - Afasic news item

These reports on the first two Local Area SEND inspections in Bolton and Brighton and Hove are surprisingly positive. The Bolton report, for example, says: The vast majority of parents felt that their views and those of their children were listened to and that their needs were identified well and Co-produced plans mean that children […]

Written By: Website Editor on 19 July 2016
the Local Offer for chidren with speech and language disabilities

A key aspect of the Local Offer is the requirement to set out the provision the local authority expects to be made available by schools, early years and post 16 providers. In other words, you should be able to tell from the Local Offer whether or not mainstream schools, nurseries or colleges will routinely provide […]

Written By: Website Editor on 19 July 2016
Save the Children report - The Lost Boys - Afasic news item

Save the Children’s new report The Lost Boys highlights the scale of the gap in language development between girls and boys before they start school and how this impacts on later literacy attainment. The report was informed by a study entitled Understanding the Gender Gap in Literacy and Language Development  which Save the Children commissioned […]

Written By: Website Editor on 19 July 2016
Afasic - SEND training for teachers

Before leaving office last week, Nicky Morgan, the then Education Secretary, committed to ensuring that trainee teachers would be equipped with a sound understanding of special educational needs. The commitment was made in a letter addressed to the authors of three reports commissioned by the Department in response to the Carter Review of Initial Teaching […]

Written By: Website Editor on 18 July 2016
Justine Greening - new Education Secreary - Afasic news

In the recent Government reshuffle, Justine Greening has replaced Nicky Morgan as the Minister in charge of an expanded Department For Education which now covers Apprenticeships, FE Colleges and Universities as well as Schools and Early Years. Encouragingly, given his considerable commitment to special educational needs and disabilities, Edward Timpson retains his position as the […]

Written By: Website Editor on 14 July 2016
East Sussex outreach provision - survey July 2016 - Afasic

Proposals currently under consultation would instead create a new centralised ASD and SLCN support service for children in mainstream schools delivered through CLASS (Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service). Parents and professionals working in East Sussex are encouraged to respond to the consultation – and please let us know your views. The closing date is […]