News and Events

News & Events

This page includes all the news from Pearson Assessment, as well as a list of the events at which you can meet us, an archive of our e-newsletters, press releases, professional links and the latest industry/policy news. 

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The Communication Trust: What Works for Education Settings

February 2018

Do you know where to access the evidence for speech, language and communication interventions?

The Communication Trust hosts What Works, the biggest moderated library of evidenced speech language and communication interventions.  

What Works helps early years practitioners, SENCOs, teachers and school leaders find the most appropriate interventions for children and young people by providing a free and easily accessible overview of the evidence base for each intervention. 


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Adam Hess Unveiled as Host for 2018 Shine A Light Awards

January 2018

Stand-up comedian, actor and TV writer, Adam Hess, has been revealed as the host of the 2018 Shine a Light Awards which is set to take place at the Pearson headoffice in London on 22nd March 2018.

Find out what Adam has to say about the significance of communication to his profession. 

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Entries are open for the 2018 Shine a Light Awards! 

December 2017

We have united, once again with The Communication Trust, to bring you the 2018 Shine a Light Awards!

The Shine a Light Awards seek to recognise the incredible contributions of teams, settings and individuals across England who support children and young people’s speech, language and communication. If this applies to you or you know someone who deserves the recognition. Submit an entry today!

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DfE Statistics on Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions in England: 2015 to 2016

July 2017
The DfE has published statistics showing that the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools in England 2015/16 has increased by 15% compared with 2014/15. These statistics also show that almost half of all permanent exclusions and fixed period exclusions are pupils identified with special educational needs (SEN). 
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Media use and language development 

June 2017
Take part in this exciting research being conducted by The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), and Lancaster university on media use and its effect on language development in children. 

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Tips for testing in the classroom

April  2017 
More and more teachers and teaching assistants are being required to use testing in the classroom. This can be a daunting task if they have not had training or previous experience. Bernadette McLean, Principal of Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre provides useful tips on testing in the classroom. 
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Bercow: Ten Years On review 

April 2017

The Bercow: Ten Years On review comes ten years after the Government published the Bercow review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communicaion needs (SLCN) making strong recommendations to Government about the steps it should take to transform provision for and the experiences of children and yound people with SLCN and their families. I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists invite you to share your views.

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Shine a Light 2017 Results! 

March 2017

The winners of the 2017 Shine a Light Awards, a national awards scheme that celebrates innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development, have been revealed today (23rd March 2017) by Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust.

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Professional development in SLC- findings from a national workforce survey

March 2017

The Communication Trust has developed a report presenting findings and offering recommendations on how government and national bodies, local authorities and training providers, the voluntary sector, and the workforce can work together to improve access to quality professional development in speech, language and communication.


The Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF)

March 2017

The SLCF is a free online professional development tool which sets out the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children and young people need in order to support the speech, language and communication of those they work with.

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New updates to the iOS version of our free Assessment Assistant app.

March 2017 

Our Assessment Assistant app has been updated with new features and given a fresh new look to match our new website and visual identity.  The Pearson UK Assessment Assistant is your little helper for administering assessments or interventions. 

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Our new-look website is here

March 2017

The Pearson Clinical website has had a refresh. The new site is mobile-friendly, making it more flexible for you to use. It's just as easy to use on desktop, laptop or mobile.


Gareth Gates Unveiled as Host for Shine a Light Awards

February 2017

Gareth Gates, singer-songwriter and musical theatre star, has today (1st February 2017) been revealed as the host of the 2017 Shine a Light Awards that take place in London on 23 March 2017.


Francesca Martinez Joins Fifth Shine a Light Judges Panel

February 2017

Francesca Martinez - international comedian, writer and speaker who has mild cerebral palsy – has joined the judging panel for the fifth annual Shine a Light Awards.

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ART-2 Approved by STEC

January 2017

We are pleased to announce that ART-2 has been approved for use in the Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) in Higher Education/DSA applications. 


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