September Newsletter 2018 | Issue 8
Supporting staff and students to achieve their full potential

        Symbol (c) Widgit

Filming for our celebration of CENMAC at 50 and the growth of assistive technology

Welcome back!


We hope your academic year has started smoothly, after a very enjoyable and relaxing summer! It's been a busy start to the year for us as we are recruiting new staff. We look forward to introducing some great new additions to our team in the next newsletter.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we work through ensuring students have their equipment in their new schools and that staff /families are confident in its use. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you are missing something or would like some help or support.  

Final draft of our '50 years of CENMAC, providing assistive technology in education' film is being edited and the premier showing is aimed for the beginning of December, expect an invitation soon.  


tes stand 72 image
THE Tes SEN Show 2018
5 – 6 OCTOBER 2018

Register for your free tickets come and visit us at stand number 72. This is a great opportunity to see the range of assistive technology equipment and software we provide for the CENMAC students we support. We look forward to seeing you there.


Communication Matters highlights 

CENMAC was pleased to be able to attend Communication Matter Conference in Leeds this year. It was three days of brilliant workshops and information to share and pass on.  

Communication Access UK (CAUK) had a soft launch of the new national Communication Access symbol for the UK. Read more on this link about the training workshops they are developing for early adopters and the AAC  'mystery customers' who will provide baseline information about their experiences out in the community, in shops and leisure facilities.  

So many resources to share but one particular highlight is from CALL Scotland. Check out the new online AAC training courses.

         You might also like the information below for great curriculum symbol resources:  

Communication Access symbol

CENMAC will be advertising dates to use your free training vouchers shortly, but if you can't wait you may want to attend the training day by Crick Software next week. They have a few places still available - details below.



Tuesday 2 October 2018
9.30 am– 3pm

Venue: Doubletree by Hilton London Islington

Price: £85 per person or £150 for two

This includes training guide, lunch and refreshments


We have just 6 places remaining and deadline to book is Friday 28 September
Contact for further details or to book a place: 


Tel: 01604 671691  


Using Inclusive Resources from LGfL: General Training 
Tuesday 9 October 2018 

The course will include training on a range of inclusive resources and how they can be used to support pupils with SEND. The full day course will include:

  • hands on training.
  • overview of case studies and school based examples of use.
  • whole and small group discussions on how you may use these resources to support your pupils with SEND.
Using LGfL’s Inclusive Resources

Using LGfL to support Teaching Assistants in your school
Tuesday 30 October 2018

This all day course will include training on a range of LGfL resources and how they can be used to enable Teaching Assistants to fully support children within your school.

Using LGfL to support Teaching Assistants in Your School


Getting Started with WordQ SpeakQ
Tuesday 13 November 2018

A chance to explore how this assistive technology can support learners write to their full potentialin the classroom and during exams. The course will include an overview of how WordQ SpeakQ has been used to support learners withSEND to write to their full potential as well as training on many of the features to support you introduce this tool to learners. We recommend that attendees come along to WordQ SpeakQ: MoreAdvanced Features and Exams (dates in 2018) after beginning to use it in schools to get one to one support and to learn about more advanced features and using this sort of software in exams.

Getting Started with WordQ SpeakQ to Support Reluctant Writers

Cost for each course: FREE to staff at LGfL TRUSTnet schools (all others: a cost applies)

Cost: FREE to staff at LGfL TRUSTnet schools (all others: £299+VAT)
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