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Monthly Musings

We thought we would like to share things that are currently interesting us and informing our thinking. Each month we will give you a link to an interesting article, news item or DVD clip. 

April Musings...

This months we have two interesting reports that you may be interested in reading:

'Talking About a Generation' is a paper from the Communication Trust which discusses current policy, evidence and practice for speech, language and communication click here to find a copy of the report

'Young people: Changing Times' is a joint publication by the BBC and the Open University. It discusses life and on-going challenges for young people in today's society. The booklet was produced to accompany the BBC One series 'Child of our time'. Click here to read it


March Musings...

This month we want to share the continuing success of Talkingpartners@primary. The results, as in previous years, are outstanding. As always the Renfrew Language Scales: Action Picture Test was used as the standardised measure. This assessment measures two areas of productive oral language: Information given  and grammar used. Pupils made average gains of 1 year 9 months (21.3m) in Information and 1 year 2 months (14.4m) in Grammar. Many thanks to everybody who shared data and made this report possible. If you would like to download a copy of the report please click here.

February Musings...

What are the causes for the next generation of people to feel dissatisfied in the workplace? Simon Sinek discusses 4 main factors: parenting, technology, impatience and environment. Some very interesting messages that many of us could consider!

Click here to find out what he has to say.

January musings...Ensuring children and young people reach their full potential by becoming confident communicators is at the heart of our work at EW.

Here are a couple of articles that may be of interest:

Read this cutting edge article from Voice 21 and the English Speaking Union http://www.esu.org/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/13795/ESU-Speaking-Frankly.pdf 

Voice 21 have also published this report The State of Speaking in Our Schools by Will Millard and Loic Menzies.

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