Given what is known about the impact of spoken language on academic success, schools should regularly monitor pupils’ progress in this area. This will ensure pupils are reaching language milestones as expected and identify when further support is needed. There are several available tools for monitoring spoken language, including:
Where children have received targeted or specialist support for their speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) these tools can also be used to measure the impact of the support being provided.
Some targeted intervention programmes include Tracker tools, allowing schools to monitor the impact of the programme and identify students requiring further support.
How schools can effectively monitor progress in spoken language
How could schools most effectively monitor progress in spoken language, given the lack of statutory requirement?
This factsheet shared as part of the No Pens Day Wednesday campaign has some helpful ideas. Also, take some time to explore the examples of tools for monitoring spoken language listed above.
Many children with speech, language and communication needs do not have their needs accurately identified, or they are identified late. To ensure that children with needs are identified early, schools should ask themselves the following questions:
Consequently, schools need to make spoken language a priority themselves. Questions for schools to ask include:
Teachers recognise the importance of children’s language but feel under-conﬁdent in teaching and monitoring progress, and in identifying and supporting those with SLCN. In a recent survey 59% of respondents reported having little or no initial training in identifying and supporting children with SLCN. Questions schools should ask include:
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