A fantastic opportunity to hear Jean Gross in the South West

Wednesday 6 November 2019 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter, 09:15 – 15:30

What do we mean by the word gap, and why does it matter? In her keynote Jean will explore the national policy context and fascinating facts from the latest science about how children’s language develops. She will look at the links between language and attainment, and how to create communicative-supportive classroom and school environments.

The term ‘word gap’ is typically used to refer to children in the Early Years or pupils starting in Reception with language development far below age related expectations, but we know that this issue affects a far wider range of children and not just those starting school. If a child has started school with a word gap then this is likely to continue throughout their education and beyond unless careful and structured teaching is put in place to address this.

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