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No Pens Wednesday at Dawn House School

29th November 2021

On Wednesday, 24th November 2021, pupils aged from 7 to 19 at the school in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire put down their pens to take part in No Pens Day Wednesday; a national speaking and listening event organised by I CAN, the children’s communication charity.

Dawn House School successfully organised a day for 78 pupils where all learning and assessment took place through speaking and listening, rather than writing.  For one day, Dawn House School pupils put down their pens and all lessons and activities had a focus on speaking and understanding skills rather than writing or using a computer keyboard.

Jenny McConnell, Principal at Dawn House School says:

At Dawn House School we believe that speech, language, and communication skills underpin everything and directly affect our pupils’ life chances and for this reason we have been delighted to take part in No Pens Day Wednesday. This is something which we take part in each year. This fantastic event focuses on spoken language and listening activities and we have seen pupils, teachers and therapists taking part in debating, maths games, story-telling and outdoor movement activities.”

Carol Payne, I CAN interim Chief Executive, said:

"Huge thanks go to all the pupils, staff and parents at Dawn House School for taking part in No Pens Day Wednesday. Developing speaking and understanding skills are fundamental for learning to read and write, managing emotions, developing friendships and are vital when entering further education or employment. Following long periods away from classroom learning due to Covid-19, we are calling on early years, primary, secondary schools, colleges and families to get involved with their own No Pens Day Wednesday by putting down their pens, getting creative in the classroom and speaking up for spoken language!”

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