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Bolton Start Well Conference | Closing the Word Gap in Bolton | 7th February 2020


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  • SKU: 07-02-2020 9:20am - 4:30pm
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Children ready to learn - Closing the word gap in Bolton

Nationally, and within Bolton, a word gap exists which is impacting on our children’s future life chances.

Effective communication and language development is paramount. Communication and Language underpins all aspects of learning. It is fundamental in preparing children for school, supporting their ability to listen and attend, to understand and speak with confidence in an age appropriate way.

Join us at our early years conference, where we will look more closely at the impact of the word gap in Bolton. Through reflecting on our own practice, we will explore research and share good practice as we consider how we can inspire those around us to make a difference to the word gap in Bolton.


Our keynote speakers:

Starting Well, Living Well

The Early Years outcomes and the Bolton context

Helen Lowey, Director of Public Health and Melissa McGuiness, Director of Transformation at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group

The Long-Term Impact of Change

Setting out national and local work to close the word gap and exploring how we can each make a difference.

Michelle Morris, Early Years Language and Communication Pathway Lead, GMCA and Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

Inspecting the Curriculum in the Early Years

Tim Vaughan,HMI, Ofsted

SUMO - Inspiring Change

Ed Hollamby


The day will also include a variety of exhibits and opportunities to share practice. Lunch is included.

There will be two workshops delivered by Bolton’s Early Years Communication and Language Development Service which will focus on “Making every interaction count” and “Bringing vocabulary alive”.

All delegates will have the opportunity to attend both sessions.

Delegate Rate: £80 per person*

* £65 for second and subsequent delegates from the same organisation and £50 for Voluntary Community Sector organisations (discount applied after booking).

If Communication and Language Development and/or Personal Social and Emotional Development is an identified priority in your setting/school, you may want to use your EYPP funding.