Poor language is linked to poor behaviour even in very young children. 2 in 3 language delayed 3 year olds have behaviour problems

No Pens Day Wednesday

No Pens Day Wednesday encourages schools and settings to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities. 

Last year's campaign took place on 3rd October 2018. This year, No Pens Day Wednesday will take place on 13th November 2019 and will be run in partnership with I CAN, the children’s communication charity. To access this year's resources, sign up to the No Pens Wednesday mailing list through the I CAN website.

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What schools who took part previously said...

No Pens Day Wednesday has reached a total of over 7,000 schools and settings who had signed up to take part in the event since it started in 2011. You can find out more about the fantastic impact the day has had on schools and settings throughout the country in the 2017 evaluation report, which you can access here!

  • 80% of respondents said that taking part in No Pens Day Wednesday raised their awareness of speech, language and communication needs
  • 96% said they'd do things differently around school as a result of their involvement
  • 19% of respondents they had identified pupils who were struggling with spoken language that they'd not known about before

Teachers shared their views about No Pens Day Wednesday in our short film below!

Looking for a resource from previous No Pens Day Wednesdays? You can access our full archive of resources here.