What a fantastic day …….

Thankyou to everyone who joined us at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford yesterday for our GM Pathways to Talking Learning event. It was so good to be able to share and celebrate the outstanding practice across GM to improve young children’s speech, language and communication development. A special Thankyou to all the speakers, workshop providers, case study areas and colleagues who provided information displays. We will share more information about these through this blog over the next few weeks.

The learning event was opened by Chris McLoughlin, Stockport’s Director of Children’s Services who is also the GM DCS Lead for School Readiness. Chris spoke passionately about the GM ambition to improve school readiness outcomes for all children and particularly the focus on reducing inequalities for the most disadvantaged children and families. She shared the GM Early Years Delivery Model and talked about the key importance of the speech, language and communication pathway.

Chris welcomed Andy Burnham, the Mayor of GM who talked about how:

“Greater Manchester continues to lead the way in tackling the issue of school readiness, working together innovatively and doing things differently to make sure no child is left behind.”

“The positive impact of this work on families and children across Greater Manchester cannot be underestimated. That we have now closed the gap between children from our most disadvantaged communities and the rest of the country is testament to the pioneering reforms of our early years provision here in Greater Manchester. I’m confident that we are heading in the right direction, and I hope it spurs everyone to go further and faster.”

“Speech, language and communication is a particular focus of our school readiness work, because we know that if the first three years of a child’s life aren’t filled with sound and language, they will struggle to thrive in later life. However, we also know that with the right support, children can catch up and through the Pathways to Talking programme we are making significant strides.” 

The full GMCA press release can be seen here: https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/news/greater-manchester-closes-the-educational-equality-gap-for-disadvantaged-children/

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