Annual conference 2014 – Are we getting it right? Early identification and additional support for learning

Enquire’s 15th annual conference was held on February 24th at the Maryyat Hall in Dundee.

The event looked at the current policy landscape for children with additional support needs and potential impact of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill 2014. At the conference we heard from Colin Spivey, Support and Wellbeing Unit Scottish Government and Mike Gibson, Educational Consultant and featured inspiring practice from the Dundee Early Intervention Team.

We were delighted to launch a new film on listening to young children.

“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” Catherine Wallace, author.

This quote reflects perfectly the ethos of this film, which showcases good practice in using creative techniques to listen to children in their early years. Made at the Jessie Porter Nursery and with the Dundee Early Intervention Team, it includes what children say matters to them when it comes to hearing their voices. The film also looks at how parents can be supported to help with their children’s learning and development, and how a multi agency approach can benefit families.

Find out more about the discussion and the learning from the day in the 2014 conference report Are we Getting it Right? Early identification and additional support for learning (588KB)

Presentations from the day available to download:

Session one: Goals and aspirations

Partnership and collaboration: health, social work and education – Dr. Mike Gibson OBE, Educational Consultant (PDF 304 KB)

Listening to and consulting young children with additional support needs – Amy Westendarp, Enquire and Linda Young, Children in Scotland (PDF 456 KB)

Positive Engagement and the Early Intervention Team in Dundee – Hillary Brookes and Claire Wilson, Dundee Early Intervention Team (PDF 620 KB)

Session two: Working with families

Providing and sharing information – Magali Redding, Eczema Outreach Scotland and Catriona Thomson, Enquire (PDF 356 KB)

The Named Person and children with additional support needs – Linda Whitmore and Vibha Pankaj, ENABLE Scotland (PDF 616 KB)

Partnerships between AHPs and education – Jane Reid, AHP Children’s Health Lead, Scottish Government (PDF 408 KB)

Session three: Providing support

Staged intervention and early identification of need – Shirley Paterson, South Lanarkshire Council (PDF 460 KB)

A practical intervention to develop early language and literacy – Shonagh Anderson and Sheena Flack, Dundee Educational Psychology Service (PDF 168 KB)

Effective into school transitions – Anne Donaldson, North Lanarkshire Council (PDF 648 KB)

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