Supporting children’s spoken language- what can be done?

Evidence shows that good spoken language skills are essential for later academic success, relationship building and employment. Schools and settings should therefore ensure they support and promote spoken language skills for all pupils, with additional support put in place for those who struggle
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Knowledgeable staff with understanding of how to support children’s communication skills are essential to ensure best impact. The Speech, Language and Communication Framework is a free online audit which you can do with staff. This sets out the key skills and knowledge needed by the children and young people's workforce to support the speech, language and communication development of all children and young people.

A three tier approach to supporting speech, language and communication needs

Support in schools for spoken language is often provided as part of a three tier approach:

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What key approaches would you expect to see in a classroom to ensure support for communication skills?

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What do pupils think about support for SLCN?

Effective support for children and young people with SLCN must consider what they themselves find useful, and what they don’t

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