Consider the role language plays across the curriculum. What fundamental skills are needed to ensure successful learning?
Have a read of this I CAN Talk paper to find out more about the impact of speech, language and communication needs in primary-aged children, and to think about what fundamental skills in this area are needed to support primary-aged children’s learning. You can also read the corresponding paper for secondary-aged students if you’re interested.
Children and young people have impressive insight into the importance of communication skills on all aspects of their life. In a report by the Communication Trust, ‘Children and Young People’s Views What do children and young people think about speech, language and communication skills?’, communication skills were identified as important across a range of different areas. Young people said:
“Good communication is one of the most important skills anyone could have.”
“We need communication skills to get jobs, interviews, for later life.”
“If you have good communication skills, socially it gives you more confidence.”
“We need communication skills to control things and get things done.”
“You need to be able to communicate to get what you want... in a good way.”
“If you can’t express your views then you don’t get listened to.”
Children with poor language skills struggle across many areas. The impact of having poor spoken language affects educational outcomes, social relationships, employability and places young people at risk of poor mental health and offending.
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