Manager, Mick Millward
Lead Trainer and Assessor, Marion Stanton
Marion is the lead trainer and assessor for Communication and Learning Enterprises Limited and author of the Cerebral Palsy Handbook which is recommended by SCOPE.
She lectures in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) on an accredited course that is validated by Bolton Universit
She was an assessor for the Communication Aid Project (CAP) during its lifetime from 2002 through to 2006. This involved government funding for individual assessments across the UK to establish the AAC needs of school age children who had communication impairment and recommendations in regard to appropriate equipment.
In 1990 she set up a charity to support families and young children with disabilities called PALACE (Play and Learn and Creative Education). Marion qualified as a special needs teacher in 1993 having previously worked in Occupational Therapy, nursing, youth work and housing. In 1998 she set up the charity CASTLE (Communicative and supportive Teaching and Learning Environment). CASTLE offered after school activities and learning support in schools to students with special needs across North London.
Marion has studied the following:
• Language and Communication impairment in children with Anne Locke (Speech and Language Therapist at Sheffield University).
• Language and literature in Social Context (with the Open University).
• Teaching and assessment for pupils who have Specific Learning Difficulties with the Hornsby Centre.
• PEC’s (Picture Exchange Communication) with Pyramid Education,
• AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) with Manchester University.
• Teaching Literacy to children with severe learning difficulties (with Karen Erikson from the University of North Carolina).
• AAC with Dr. Rosemary Crossley at the DEAL Communication Centre, Melbourne Australia.
• BSL (stage 1).
• Disability Equality Training with Disability Equality in Education.
• Conductive Education with the Hornsey Centre.
• Talking Mats with Stirling University.
Marion has delivered seminars and workshops at many local, national and international venues, particularly at Communication Matters, which is the annual symposium for practitioners in AAC in the UK and at ISAAC which is the international society for AAC.
In her work for CandLE she supports mainstream schools and LEA’s throughout the UK to help them to include individual students who experience barriers to learning and communicating. She has also worked extensively with special schools to support them in increasing their use of AAC and delivery of literacy instruction to students with complex needs. Marion took a lead role in CandLE’s recently completed government funded project aimed at supporting schools in the self-assessment of their use of AAC in the curriculum as well as for communication.
Creative director, Katie Stanton
Katie Stanton is a contemporary artist who can turn her hand to a multitude of design as well as administrative tasks. As a sister of a young man who has cerebral palsy she also bring insight into advocating for and supporting people who don't use speech to communication.
Role Model, Katie Caryer
Katie is an AAC user. She is starting out on a varied career mixing drama with disability issues. She occasionally writes for Disability Now after having her own column and is a campaigner for inclusion and the rights of AAC users.
Associate Consultant, Adam Barrett
Adam is a qualified teacher completing his PGCE in 2006 and going on to become an FCT trainer and assessor, having attended the training for trainer’s course in Syracuse, New York, USA in 2007.
He has since been working with a range of different people up and down the country; helping teams of PA's and families running home schooling programmes with their FCT skills. Adam has also run workshops on Getting started with FCT and assessing young people and adults for candidacy for FCT as a communication method.
He also works for his sister as a PA and help to recruit and train up her team.
Adam is currently writing his dissertation for his Masters in Inclusive Education at Bolton University.
Our teacher covering the South East and London, Saffron Murphy
Saff studied at Leeds College of Music and then Roehampton Institute in London gaining a BA in music. After a short stint with Ofsted she started teaching steel pans in a variety of schools in London including special schools for students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. After moving to Lincolnshire in 2005 Saff worked as a teaching assistant for a student who has cerebral palsy and relies on AAC to communicate from 2008 until 2013. During these years she became adept at differentiating the curriculum using specialist software. She is currently completing her teacher training with Bishop Grosseteste. Saff still plays in Melodians Steel Orchestra with whom she has toured the world and played at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and worked with Jeremy Deller on the English Magic Tour.
Teacher, Daniela Balazova
Speech and Language Therapist, Philippa Blackbourn
Associate Consultant, Gillian Hazell, SLT
Software Developer, Agatha Riley