Early language and literacy development

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The APPG on Literacy held a roundtable in Parliament on 4 December 2018 which brought together key policy makers, education professionals, academics and campaigners to discuss the best ways to ensure that all children acquire the early language and communication skills they need to learn to read and write when they start school.

Discussions also explored the best ways to support children with more limited vocabulary and weaker phonological awareness to develop good reading and writing skills that will provide them with a strong foundation for learning.

Speakers included:

  • Robbie Coleman, Head of Policy, EEF
  • Janet Cooper, Early Language and Communication Strategy Lead, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education (Literacy), Open University
  • Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust
  • Liz Dyer, English Adviser and National Literacy Trust Hub Manager in the North Yorkshire Coast
  • Kamini Gadhok, CEO, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Jean Gross, independent consultant on speech, language and communication
  • Imran Hafeez, National Literacy Trust Hub Manager in Bradford
  • Megan Jarvie, Head of Coram Family and Childcare
  • Gill Jones, Deputy Director (Early Childhood), Ofsted
  • Kate Nation, Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and Director of ReadOxford and Language and Cognitive Development Research Group
  • Jane Pepper, Headteacher of Childhaven Nursery School and NLE and Teaching School Lead at Scarborough Teaching School Alliance
  • Lisa Ponter, Deputy Head and Literacy Lead with Rillington Community Primary School
  • Andrea Quincey, Head of English (Primary), Oxford University Press
  • Bob Reitemeier, CEO, and Mary Hartshorne, Director of Evidence, I CAN
  • Liz Robinson, Co-Director of Big Education and Headteacher at Surrey Square Primary School
  • Nancy Stewart, Principle Consultant at Early Learning Consultancy and Associate at Early Education

The discussion was chaired by Lucy Powell MP.

A policy paper drawing out key themes from the discussion will be published in early 2019.