High quality teaching should prioritise language and talk in the classroom and incorporate supportive strategies for promoting language throughout the day. Having a communication supportive classroom is fundamental to this. Communication supportive features should be visible to anyone entering the classroom or setting. Key things would include:
This checklist contains more ideas about what a communication supportive classroom should look like.
The Communication Trust also have a checklist that gives more pointers about ways to create a communication supportive environment.
School can use the Communication Supporting Classrooms Observation Tool, a self-rating tool for evaluating the language learning environment, language learning opportunities and language learning interactions they offer, to ensure a communication supportive environment.
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The following videos contain useful, real life examples of speech, language and communication support for all pupils:
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