I CAN have been working with NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group and West Sussex County Council to roll out I CAN’s Speech and Language Progression tools to schools in West Sussex. All schools in the project will receive a set of Progression Tools and will be invited to take part in an online training course that shows you how to use them.
Many children can have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) that can impact on their ability to listen, understand and express themselves. However, it's not always easy to judge how well a child is progressing with these skills; children may have good skills in one area whilst struggling in others.
The Progression Tools aim to support teaching staff to identify children who may be struggling to develop their speech, language and communication skills. They provide a relatively quick way of determining where children are against where they should be for their age and provide more information about how these vital skills are progressing.
The Tools are not a diagnostic tool and do not in any way replace the detailed speech, language and communication assessment by a speech and language therapist that some children will need. However, they will give you information to help decide whether children would benefit from a targeted intervention or whether they need specialist assessment and support.
All primary schools selected will receive a full set of Primary Progression Tools (ages 4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10) while Secondary schools will receive a full set of Secondary Progression Tools (ages 11-12, 13-14 and 16-18).
I CAN will then be running a number of virtual training sessions where we show you how to use the Progression Tools. The training should take about an hour and there will be dates through to the end of term.
The details on the dates are below and you can book your place through the links provided. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions the course will be recorded and available online from this webpage.
If you have any questions about the Progression tools or the rollout you can contact I CAN on 020 7843 2515 or email@example.com. Schools can also contact their SEND advisors and West Sussex County Council on 03302 223368.
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