The second A Better Start Learning and Development event was held in Bradford on 14th and 15th June 2016 putting a focus on the Language and Communication outcome. The event was co-hosted by Better Start Bradford, and included all the A Better Start sites. Materials from the event are linked to below. Each of the presentations was also filmed and will be available to view in full. Links will be uploaded here shortly. The event guide that was given to attendees has been made available here.
Experts and inspirational speakers delivered presentations on the latest research, policy and practice in the field of speech, language and communication. There was opportunity for attendees to share learning and ideas and to make connections, with table discussions on “How well are current A Better Start activities addressing inequalities in early language development?” and “How could we promote a culture of talking with babies?”
The presenters were:
- Kersten England, CEO of Bradford Council who welcomed us to Bradford.
- Chris Cuthbert, Big Lottery Fund then gave an overview of the event and an update on the A Better Start Learning and Development Programme.
- Jean Gross, CBE. Jean is the former Government Communication Champion for children, and spoke about ‘Giving children a better start through early language and communication development’.
- Professor Julie Dockrell from University College London gave a presentation on ‘Understanding inequalities in early language and communication. How are ABS activities addressing inequalities?’
- Dr Michelle Peter from the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) opened the second day of the event with her presentation titled: ‘Talk to your baby: how adults promote and shape language growth’ (Please note there are short film clips in this presentation that will be available to view through the filmed presentation)
- Professor Caroline Rowland also from LuCiD spoke about ‘Translating research into effective practice’.
- University of Sheffield’s Dr Danielle Matthews, spoke on ‘Contingent Talk’
- A Better Start’s Development and Learning Advisors Dr Alice Haynes and Heather Ransom, chaired discussions on ‘How can we promote a culture of talking with babies?
- Dame Julia Cleverdon chair of the National Literacy Trust told the attendees about the ‘Read On, Get On’ campaign. I CAN, the children's communication charity and also a key member of the campaign, have kindly shared a paper on the progress with the interim goals of 'Read On, Get On' that were outlined by Julia.
- Drs Silke Fricke and Claudine Bowyer-Crane from the Universities of Sheffield and York. gave the final presentation of the conference and chaired discussions on the 'Priorities for A Better Start.'
Bringing together the research and materials presented at the event we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources, publications and research on language, speech and communication.