A recent report showed that up to a third of children are struggling to engage with schoolwork1 and children from the poorest families have been left behind classmates.2 Along with the lack of opportunity to socialise during lockdown, this could have serious effects not only on children’s speech and language development but also their emotional wellbeing.
This is something the Government is trying to address with a £1bn catch-up fund3 as children head back to school. A statement from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, states that the COVID 19 'catch-up premium can be used by schools to develop and deliver tailored solutions where necessary ... towards vulnerable groups including pupils with SEND, and ... to pay for interventions they think are needed for them to catch-up (for example, additional speech and language therapy).'4 Following this, the Government have announced COVID-19 catch-up premium provisional allocations here.
A well-known and popular resource, the Boosts are being delivered in 1000’s of settings around the country and cover age ranges 3 - 10 years. Delivered in 3 sessions a week for 8-10 weeks, Talk Boost interventions are proven to help improve a child’s speech and language development.
The Talk Boost approach supports children to work in groups to develop their speech, language and communication and will boost not only those core skills, but also support their social interactions with other children. The structured, differentiated approach with an emphasis on underlying skills for learning and social emotional development can help ease children back into the school environment.
If you think your setting or school could benefit from one of these interventions, you can find out more at the links below. Otherwise please contact I CAN directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7843 2515.
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