Language for Learning

Courses Language for Learning courses are all led by a speech & language therapist and a specialist teacher providing a dual perspective and specialist knowledge. They have been written for all those working in mainstream schools, including speech & language therapists and other outside agencies. All courses support theory into practice through reflective tasks and aim to develop use of strategies at a universal and a targeted level. All courses are mapped on to the Speech, Language & Communication Framework (SLCF) and meet a range of competencies at both a universal and enhanced level. A participant handbook containing useful information and photocopiable materials to support strategy suggestions is supplied with each session. Language for Learning also provides tailor made courses to address specific needs.

Resources have been developed as a direct result of the requests made by our course participants and can be purchased in the Language for Learning shop.

Licensed Authorities Language for Learning training is available throughout the UK but it is also possible to become a licensed authority so that you can deliver the training yourselves. We train pairs of trainers (one speech & language therapist, one specialist teacher) within authorities and provide the materials needed to deliver Language for Learning courses at all key stages.

Emma Jordan, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

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Emma Jordan is a specialist speech and language therapist. She started her clinical practice in Cornwall working with both preschool and school age children in a range of settings. Emma has worked in Worcestershire for over fifteen years, manages the speech and language therapy team in the Wyre Forest and is joint Service Manager for the county. Emma continues her clinical practice primarily supporting children and young people in mainstream schools. Her specialist area is neuro - developmental difficulties.

Emma has a history of working in close collaboration with education colleagues. Emma worked in partnership with Sue Hayden, specialist teacher for more than ten years. Emma and Sue have co-written the Language for Learning training courses and materials with Language for Learning: a practical guide for supporting pupils with language and communication difficulties across the curriculum winning the NASEN and TES Book Award for Teaching and Learning in 2005. Language for Learning in the Secondary School was published in 2011. The second edition of the primary book was published in 2015.

From 2009 - 2011, Emma worked for Worcestershire County Council and NHS Worcestershire, project managing a joint commissioning review of all SLCN services. This culminated in winning the Shine a Light Award for Commissioning as part of Hello, the national year of communication in 2011. Emma proudly supports NAPLIC and is currently Vice Chair of their voluntary committee.

Sue Hayden, Specialist Teacher

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Sue Hayden is a speech, language and communication needs trainer with over 30 years specialist teaching experience both in primary and secondary schools. Sue had a long history of working collaboratively with the speech and language therapy service in Worcestershire, retiring recently.

Sue was involved with Language for Learning from its outset, working with Emma Jordan to develop the project, training materials and resources. Sue and Emma have co-written Language for Learning: a practical guide for supporting pupils with language and communication difficulties across the curriculum winning the NASEN and TES Book Award for Teaching and Learning in 2005. Language for Learning in the Secondary School was published in 2011.

Rosalind Pow, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

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Rosalind Pow is a specialist speech and language therapist with many years of experience working within early years. Ros has worked in Worcestershire for over twenty years and currently manages the early years services at a universal and targeted level across the county. Ros has a clinical specialism within the field of dysphagia (eating/drinking).

Ros has project managed the Every Child a Talker programme in Worcestershire since its initial roll out in 2009. ECaT is now a core part of service delivery across the county, providing a year long training and support programme to early years settings. The ECaT team consists of therapists and a specialist teacher. Every ECaT programme includes two days of Language for Learning training. Find out more about the ECaT programme on our training page.

Ros has been a registered Language for Learning trainer since 2004 and leads our Foundation Stage programme. She delivers our Training for Trainers programme and supports annual Update Days for our registered trainers.

Kathy Othen, Specialist Teacher

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Kathy Othen is a specialist teacher with many years of experience working within early years and primary schools. Kathy has been a specialist teacher in a preschool language class provision for over twenty years.

Kathy has been part of our Foundation Stage programme since the earliest stages of development in 2003/4. In addition Kathy has co-delivered the Every Child a Talker programme in Worcestershire, working in partnership with Ros Pow since 2009.

Kathy has been a registered Language for Learning trainer since 2004 and supports our Foundation Stage programme including the development of new training materials. She delivers our Training for Trainers programme and supports annual Update Days for our registered trainers.

Jo Williams, Speech and Language Therapist

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Jo Williams is a Speech and Language Therapist with 25 years of experience working with children with SLCN, and delivering training to those who work to support children with SLCN. Jo started her clinical practice in Warwickshire and has since worked in Dudley and Birmingham. She has worked with children of all ages in nearly all settings both in the NHS and in private practice.

With many years of experience managing Speech and Language Therapy Services Jo knows the importance of an effective training programme, and has been a Language for Learning Trainer since 2003 when Dudley became the first Licensed Authority to provide the training outside of Worcestershire.

Jo delivers training for Language for Learning and attends consortium meetings held by The Communication Trust on our behalf.

Jacqui Bignell, Illustrator

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Jacqui Bignell trained as a graphic designer and illustrator at Watford School of Art and Design.

She spent two years working for Conran design group designing room sets for Mothercare and packaging for Heals, Habitat and Bhs, before going freelance. Since then she has worked for Lawtex, M&S, Hodder, Letts, Pheonix Cards and Autumn Publishing.

Jacqui has produced the illustrations for all of our resources, training materials and books since 2004.

Elaine and Sheriden, Administrative Team

Elaine and Sheriden are our brilliant administrative team. Together they manage all of our bookings, catalogue/shop orders and training materials. They supply our licensed authorities with all they need to deliver training and support our data collection and evaluation of outcomes.

If you have any queries or questions about Language for Learning training or resources, then give Elaine or Sheriden a call on 01562 751866 or email enquiries@languageforlearning.co.uk.