Communication and Learning Enterprises LTD


We specialise in the following:


·        Developing and implementing communication systems


·        Supporting students with complex need to access the mainstream curriculum


·        Supporting special and mainstream schools to improve literacy learning


·        A national provider of the AAC City & Guilds


We are the only organisation working nationally that offers the AAC City & Guilds. This is a qualification that students can gain in their use of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). It can be accessed at a one-word level of understanding (entry level 2) through entry level 3 (2 to 3 word phrases) to Level 1 which is equivalent to a 1 to 3 at GCSE.


Talking Mats is an important communication tool which supports people with decision making. All of our practitioners are trained in the use of Talking Mats. 



CandLE came into being in response to the, often unmet, needs of students who rely on AAC and attend mainstream schools. Our lead teacher, Marion Stanton, has supported many such students over the past 25 years, a number of whom have gone on to take appropriate qualifications. The majority of students she has worked with needed specialist input, unavailable within the school, to support their communication and access to the curriculum. Marion now leads a team of teachers, teaching assistants and resource developers who are able to adapt the curriculum so that students can access lessons using both high-tech (computer) and low-tech (paper-based) means.



CandLE started up in 2008 and is now offering services throughout the UK with teachers in London, the North, South West, West and the east of England. We also have a speech and language therapist who is based in the East. We have traditionally used unqualified staff to adapt work and help with the development of generic resources to support learning. Going forward, we anticipate that this will change so that our resources are being produced by practitioners who can also teach for us. This will improve the quality of our provision especially when we provide specific resources for individual students top enable them to access the curriculum in their specific educational establishment. 


CandLE staff are concerned to ensure that students who rely on AAC, both in mainstream and in alternative provision, have access to conventional literacy teaching at the level that will enable them to make progress in literacy. CandLE practitioners have attended various courses included Read Write Inc. training ( and 4-Blocks training ( as well as developing some of our own resources and training materials which have been trialled and found to be successful. We offer training courses to mainstream and special schools in both access to the curriculum and the teaching of literacy. We are working closely with the national organisation for people who use AAC, Communication Matters, to support them in putting on study days which have a focus on literacy.


We are part of the Exams Access Working Group which is working across a number of disciplines within the field of AAC with the aim of producing guidance on reasonable adjustments for students who rely on AAC. It is hoped that this provision will enable more students to access recognised qualifications.


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