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'No Pens Day' emphasises development of pupils' communication skills

No Pens Day Wednesday encourages schools to put down their pens and run a day of speaking and listening activities.

Since 2011 the Communication Trust have run the initiative annually and over 2,500 schools have already taken part. In 2014, No Pens Day Wednesday takes place on 15 October, but schools can run their day whenever day they choose

The Communication Trust provides schools with a range of resources to help run their day, available to download for free from the trust’s website. This year there are resources specifically for early years settings and special schools.

No Pens Day Wednesday can also support schools in their work to deliver the SEND reforms that came into force in September. The event provides tools to deliver high quality speaking and listening activities vital for all pupils and especially those who struggle, whatever your setting. Evaluation after previous events has shown that pupils with SEN respond especially positively to the day and also that pupils written work improves after the day - with their experiences and excitement about the activities they took part in coming through in their work.

Find out more about No Pens Day Wednesday and sign up to access the free materials at www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/nopensdaywednesday. You can also view a short film about the day and its impact here.

Page Published: 23/09/2014