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


·        National provision of the AAC City & Guilds


We are the only national provider of 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.




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 and the East of England. We will soon have teachers available in the South West as well. We have a speech and language therapist who is based in the East. We a team of resource makers who can provide specific resources for individual students to make the curriculum that they are following accessible. provide specific resources for individual students in response to the curriculum. There are also generic resources which can be found on the website of our sister company .




In recent years the CandLE team have been working together to ensure that students who rely on AAC, both in mainstream and in alternative provision, have access to appropriate literacy teaching. CandLE staff have attended various courses including Read Write Inc. training and 4-Blocks training in addition to developing our own, tried and tested, resources and training materials. 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 also offer our own, free, ½ day training which is an introduction to the AAC City & Guilds and the teaching of literacy. To ask about a free training in your area contact




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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