Contact: Jo Spir,

On 1November 2017, Northampton PATOSS considered the link between literacy and speech language and communication difficulties.


Hannah Knopp, speech & language therapist, delivered an interesting session which clearly and simply explained why early language development is so important for literacy acquisition. She outlined how speech and language develops and highlighted the issues that arise when there are difficulties, particularly when there is a vocabulary deficit or poor phonological awareness.


Hannah enthusiastically imparted her knowledge and attendees were able to make connections to their own practice. Everyone left with greater understanding, suggestions for top resources and gave lots of positive comments.


On 22 January 2018, Claire Shelley, Senior Lecturer in Teacher Training (Mathematics) at the University of Northampton will have run a session including reflection on the challenges of engaging with mathematics for people with dyslexia, teaching strategies, and hands-on workshops using Numicon and Cuisenaire rods. The session will have been applicable to all phases of educational support.




Future events



On 27 March 2018, Arran Smith will be talking to us about how ICT can be used to build confidence in people with SEND and help them succeed.  He will also be doing a talk on NESSY software at a future date to be arranged.


On 20 June 2018, Chris Chapman, a specialist teacher and assessor, will be giving a talk on the Academic Achievement Battery and attendees will have the opportunity to try out the tests for themselves and ask questions.



Both events will be held between 5.30pm and 8.00pm in the School of Education at University of Northampton Park Campus. Contact Jo Spir at for more details and to book a place.


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