February Newsletter 2018 | Issue 5
Supporting staff and pupils to achieve their full potential

Celebrating Assistive Technology

Come and see the latest technology that assists and includes at Communication Works 2018, plus celebrate 50 years of CENMAC #CENMACat50

Find out about Assistive Technology, Communication Tools, Digital Strategies, Person-Centred Planning and CENMAC’s assistive technology journey. Details of companies attending, seminars and workshops will be published on our our website in March.

CENMAC at 50 Facebook Group

Join our Cenmac at 50 Facebook Group to share stories of assistive technology, especially if you are a new or previous user of CENMAC:

If you would like to find out information about previous Communication Works, please email:

Kathryn Stowell: 
or Gill

This is a FREE event but please register here.



CENMAC's 50th Celebration

In early July 2018 we will be holding a social event to celebrate CENMAC at 50.
Further details about this event will be available in our future e-newsletters.

Training Dates

Dragon and Word Q Speak Q

14 March 2018, 4pm
City of London Academy, 240 Lynton Rd, London SE1 5LA

Trainer: Helen Simon
Websites: Dragon | Word Q Speak Q


Clicker 7

Tuesday 24 April 2018
Snowfields Primary School, Kirkby Grove, London SE1 3TD

Trainer: Kevin Lynch

For further details about all courses please email:
Gill Dodsworth:

CENMAC Offer until 23 February 2018


The following is offered to CENMAC schools – purchase Clicker 7 and DocsPlus:

Primary / Special school offer

  • For schools with no Clicker products we can off a 10% discount on the purchase price until 23 February 2018.
  • For schools with Clicker 6 we can offer them an extension on the upgrade price until 23 February 2018.
  • For schools with Clicker 7 we can offer them discounted prices for our Regional Training Days – price £70 per delegate (RRP £125).


Secondary / FE college offer

  • We can offer a free demonstration to anyone interested in DocsPlus.
  • A 10% discount on the purchase price of DocsPlus available until 23 February 2018.

Independent schools

  • Independent schools are entitled to any of the above offers that are relevant to them.

Home gadget to school assistive technology

Visitors from The Netherlands visited Charlton Park Academy during Bett 2018, and enjoyed hearing presentations from staff and students about their use of assistive technology

'I've never seen a device change a person's ability that quickly.  It must be the first time in his life that he's been able to access so much independently, and all in the same day, he was so happy.  I think it actually blew his mind a bit, all these doors being opened' - Post 16 Teacher

At Charlton Park Academy, a Post 16 student with visual impairment had the opportunity to use the home device © Alexa during the day to support his communication and social skills. He adjusted to the device very quickly and with a little bit of practise to think about commands before making them, he could access vast amounts of material.  He set a timer, made a list, asked for music, asked questions on the internet, asked how to spell words, the definition of words, how to calculate a sum, what was on television that evening and what the weather was in London.

He instantly understood the concept of saying © Alexa’s name before asking for anything.  His teacher felt that it was a great device for his personal independence because the access was so accessible for him. 

'It was a magical moment! The joy and satisfaction he got from being independent was amazing, and even the other students were so happy for him! He brightened and lifted everyone’s mood.' - Post 16 LSA


SEND and Inclusion Training and Conference dates from
LGfL FREE to LGFL schools:

1. SEND and Inclusion LGfL Conference for South London:

1 May 2018 - South London (London Connected CLC, 
Clapham - 20 spaces)

Expert speakers, including Carol Allen, John Galloway, Adele Devine (creator of SEN Assist, author and teacher), EAL advisors, Mental Health experts, LGfL staff, London teachers and many more will be participating


2. Getting Started with WordQ SpeakQ: 13 March 2018 (morning)

The course will include an overview of how WordQ SpeakQ has been used to support learners with SEND to write to their full potential in the classroom and during exams. as well as training on many of the features to support you introduce this tool to learners.

3. Removing Barriers to Writing using Creativity in Technology:
    13 March 2018 (afternoon)

The course will include training on a range of LGfL resources and how they can be used to support pupils read and write, particularly those with SEND. The course will provide you with knowledge of a range of materials to enable inclusive literacy and language support in your school.


All the LGfL resources to  support learners with SEND and EAL can be viewed at Queries about resources and free training should be sent to



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February Half-Term

CENMAC break for half-term from Monday 9 - Friday 16 February. We will resume business on Monday 19 February. Have a lovely break. 
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