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Bridging the communication gap in the classroom: Part 1

In this three-part series, experts Carmen De Pablo and Marina Breed advise on speech, language and communication needs, and how we can identify and support students who need it

“Schools which ‘turn the dial’ on language and communication are able to turn the dial on a number of key school improvement priorities, from raising attainment to narrowing the gap and improving behaviour.” Jean Gross, Communication Champion, 2011

It is now 10 years since the government published The Bercow Report: A review of services for children and young people (0-19) with speech, language and communication needs.

The last 10 years have seen major changes: an overhaul of the education system, widespread reforms to the SEND system and changes to the health system.

Statistics from the Department for Education’s (DfE) January 2017 School Census show that SLCN is the second most prevalent primary need across all pupils who are on SEN support or with Statements or Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

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