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5min PPT: #NAPLICResources (9)

Here is our latest PowerPoint from our 5 minutes for Inclusion Series

We wanted to showcase some of the great information, resources and advice available from the NAPLIC website to support communication in your classroom. NAPLIC is a national organisation of professionals which supports language and communication development. We hope you find it useful.

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5min PPT: #BlanksLevels (8) Blank’s Levels of Questioning

Have a look at the latest PowerPoint from our 5 Minutes for Inclusion Series.

Understanding Blanks levels of questions helps you to ask questions which are at the right level for the pupils you teach. Language comprehension skills are precious and important to a child’s development – they’re foundational to most areas of our lives – so noticing any areas where a child appears to be struggling early on can be extremely helpful.

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5min PPT: #ImmersiveReader (6)

As part of our “5 Minutes for Inclusion” series, here is a short PowerPoint introducing Immersive Reader, a powerful and free tool built into Microsoft products.

It’s effective at increasing the reading fluency and comprehension of your learners, supporting students with learning differences like Dyslexia, and helping emerging readers build their confidence.

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5min PPT: #ImmersiveReader (6).pptx

Oral Language Modifier – JCQ Exam Access Arrangements

The Oral Language Modifier (OLM) is a role created to provide a reasonable adjustment in examinations for candidates who require a level of language support beyond that provided by a reader. This role was originally provided for deaf candidates whose preferred language was English. It has now been extended to provide for other candidates who have a specific reading comprehension or language difficulty.

A Language Modifier is a responsible adult who may clarify the carrier language used in the examination paper when requested to do so by a candidate.

For more information please see page 60 in the JCQ Access Arrangement guidance.

The Joint Council for Qualifications states that:

‘A Language Modifier should be a rare and exceptional arrangement. It must only be considered for those candidates whose disability has a very substantial and long term adverse effect resulting in very persistent and significant difficulties in accessing and processing information.‘A Language Modifier is an adjustment of the last resort. An application should only be made once all other relevant adjustments have been considered and found to be unsuitable or unworkable. There must be a very strong justification as to why a Language Modifier is required.’ The JCQ state that this means that a candidate must have a standardised score of 69 or less (a very substantially below average standardised score) in relation to reading comprehension and/or vocabulary.

Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments, Joint Council for Qualifications, 2022-3

While there may not be many students for whom this will be appropriate, it may be something that schools might wish to investigate. A Language Modifier must have successfully completed accredited training. A JCQ Centre Inspector will ask to see evidence of successfully completed accredited training. There are centres that offer this training online.  For example:

Free Christmas Symbolised Resources

Widget, the creator of InPrint, Widget Online and SymWriter, have free Christmas resources on their website. They are appopriate for learners from EYFS – KS2 in both Mainstream and Special Educational settings.

There are sybolised versions of the Christmas story and supporting differentiated activities. There are also games and activities such as jigsaws, dominoes and scavenger hunts.

Head over to the Widget website to download them.

A very merry Christmas from the Tower Hamlets Learning Advisory Service.

5min PPT: #Signalong (5)

As part of our “5 Minutes for Inclusion” series, here is a short PowerPoint talking about Signalong . You can learn some Christmas signs to use with your students. Signalong is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties by:

  • using key word signing system based on BSL
  • having one sign for one concept
  • following a clear methodology for forming signs

For more information visit or contact

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SIgnalong for Christmas

5min PPT: #Memory (4)

As part of our “5 Minutes for Inclusion” series, a short PowerPoint to support a training session containing tips for working with children who have poor memory. Strategies such as

  • Chunking information
  • Simplifying
  • Presenting information clearly (aka “differentiation by input”)

Many thanks to Neil MacKay and “The Memory Lite Classroom” from which these ideas are taken.

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5min PPT: #Spelling (3)

Why can spelling be so hard for those with dyslexia?

Spelling can be challenging because people with dyslexia can have difficulty in:

  • Using sounds
  • Sequencing letters
  • Remembering things
  • Processing quickly and fluently
  • Motor co-ordination

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