Speech & Language Support

Supporting SEN pupils

Speaking and listening skills are hugely important to learning and achieving at school. They also play a major role in establishing friendships. 

Speaking and listening affect all areas of learning, and children with under-developed skills are at a significant disadvantage. In 2008 the Bercow Report recommended that all adults working with children should receive information and training on how to alleviate children’s difficulties and help them to improve these skills. This is an important part of a SENCO’s role, so make use of any local authority support.

Information About Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

This information resource tells you all about speech, language and communcaition needs (SLCN).  It has lots of information about finding out about SLCN, the issues that can be caused by SLCN and places that you can go for help and information.

In the resource you will find information about difficulties in children and young people of all ages, from preschool through to young adulthood.  It describes the different ways that you and your child can be affected by SLCN and what you can do to help.

If you are at the beginning stages of finding out about SLCN this resource will give you some helpful information about identification and diagnosis.  If you know your chold has SLCN, the resource might be able to give you some additional information about next steps.

This resource was developed by I CAN and Afasic, with input from the Royal College for Speech and Language Therapists for Early Support,

Download the resource information here.

I CAN is the children's communication charity.  Experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.  Their vision is a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfill their potential.  Their mission is that no child should be left out or left behind becuase of a difficulty speaking or understanding.

Go to I CAN website.

Afasic supports parents and represents children and young people with speech and language communication needs (SLCN).

Go to Afasic website.

Department for Education

Many pupils with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) can succeed in mainstream education, particularly where schools embrace collaborative working arrangements and teachers have access to the specialist training and resources they need.

Pupils may have receptive, expressive or global language disorders.  Language disorders can result in poor self-confidence and low self esteem, which can affect personal and social relationships.

Research indicates that pupils with more complex disorders have a greater likelihood of experiencing behavioural problems.  Many pupils need to be directly taught the speech, language and social communication skills that other pupils learn naturally.

Download the Department for Educations's Resource Pack for SLCN.

Understanding Speech, Language and Communication Needs:  Profiles of Need and Provision

From:    Department for Education
History: Published 27 December 2012
Part of:  Better communication research programme
This report considers the importance of oral language for children's development.  It explores the main conceptual framework used in England, based on a continuum of services to meet a continuum of needs, and the variation in terminology used by different services, namely 'universal', 'targeted' and 'specialist' suport, often known as waves 1, 2 and 3.

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