What is the Clinical Excellence Network (CEN)?
The CEN is the official Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists Clinical Excellence Network for Specific Language Impairment in Surrey. The CEN holds seminar twice a year at Moor House School. Specialists share expertise and latest research evidence for supporting children with SLI through formal and informal presentations, by members and guest speakers.

Who can attend?
Members of the Surrey SLI CEN are NHS SLTs, independent SLTs and SLTs from other specialist schools. However, specialist teachers, literacy tutors and specialist teaching assistants also attend specific presentations and any professional with a specialism in Specific Language Impairment is welcome. Although the group is called the Surrey CEN, professionals travel from Kent, Sussex, London, and as far as Hertfordshire.

How do I find out more?
You can find out more by reading the FAQ document by clicking here.
To keep up to date with related SLI news, you can follow us on twitter @SurreySLICEN.
To find out about joining or future meetings contact Lucy Nicoll at Moor House on info@moorhouseschool.co.uk or on 01883 712271.

Next CEN meeting
The next CEN meeting will be on 9th May 2017 at Moor House School & College. 

To download the most recent newsletter please click here.

Previous CEN meetings
Agendas from the previous two CEN meetings can be read by clicking on the links below:


November 2016

May 2016

End of 2015
12th May 2015
4th November 2015

All contacts
Chair - Cat Harris (currently on maternity leave) at Moor House on info@moorhouseschool.co.uk
Secretary – Natasa Maric on info@moorhouseschool.co.uk
Promotion - Lucy Nicoll on info@moorhouseschool.co.uk
Finance - Caroline Morearis on Carolinemore@hotmail.com

To find us, see the Moor House contact page.


The current evidence base for school-aged children with language impairments course

Next course is on 20th October - Places still available

Course leader: Dr Susan Ebbels

Location: Moor House School & College , Hurst Green, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 9AQ


This course aims to update Speech and Language Therapists (and other interested professionals) on the current evidence base for intervention for school-aged children with language impairments. It will focus predominantly on comprehension and production at the word (vocabulary and word-finding), sentence (sentence construction and comprehension of sentences) and narrative level. It does not focus on articulation, phonology, literacy, phonological awareness, pragmatics or social skills.

Attendees will learn about how to appraise research evidence and a traffic light colour-coding system will be used throughout so that attendees can see at a glance the reliability of each piece of evidence mentioned. Background theory concerning how children learn language (and why some children may have difficulties) will be included.

At the sentence level, attendees will learn about studies which contrast different methods and agents of delivery of intervention to children with language impairments (where the details of the actual intervention approach not main focus). They will then learn about the evidence for different intervention approaches including grammar facilitation approaches, metalinguistic approaches and acoustically modified speech. At the word level, attendees will learn about studies aiming to improve word learning and vocabulary and also intervention for word finding difficulties.

Throughout the day, attendees will be asked to reflect on their own practice in the light of the evidence presented and what changes they may wish to make. Traffic-light colour-coded summaries are provided at the end of each section which aim to provide a quick reference for future use. A comprehensive reference list will also be provided for those who wish to follow up any of the studies discussed.

This course costs £175 per person and will be limited to 40 attendees. It takes place in the conference room at Moor House School in Surrey, within walking distance of Hurst Green station (40 mins from London Victoria) and includes a buffet lunch, tea and coffee. 

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