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Closing the Word Gap: What Really Works led by Jean Gross
DATE: Tuesday 12th November 2019
The curriculum and assessment system now place heavy demands on children’s vocabulary knowledge. Schools are increasingly concerned about the implications for many of their children; government have made closing the gap a key part of their strategy to increase social mobility.
This practical day, provided by the former government Communication Champion for children Jean Gross, provides a framework for effective action to build children’s language skills from early years to the end of primary school. It explores what we mean by the word gap, and why it matters. Showcasing effective approaches in schools and settings across the country, it summarises research on what helps children and young people develop breadth and depth of vocabulary, and highlights the importance of three key factors: a place to talk, a reason to talk and support for talk.
This session includes:
Jean Gross’ career in education as a teacher, and educational psychologist, author and an adviser to government is all about children who, one way or another, don’t have much going for them in their lives.
Until 2005. Jean was Senior Director within the Governments’s Primary National Strategy, responsible for its work on overcoming barriers to achievement. More recently, she was England’s Communication Champion for Children. Her best-selling book ‘Time to Talk’, now in its second edition, reflects the many examples of good practice she saw in this role.
This event is sponsored by Oxford University Press.
This event is free to those schools who subscribe to the Gateway Alliance – core offer for EARLY YEARS.
There is one place available per subscribing school. Additional places may be booked at a cost of £105 per person. Non-subscribing schools may attend, subject to availability, at a cost of £180 per person. Invoices to be paid prior to the event.
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