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SLCN in key stage 3: Identification (part 2)

Speech, language and communication needs can underpin many other problems. Continuing his series, Matt Bromley looks at how secondary schools must have good systems in place for identifying pupils with SLCN

In the first part of this series last week (January 10), I asked the simple question: what does SLCN stand for? I suspect many secondary school teachers are unfamiliar with the acronym and yet SLCN is a major cause of SEN in secondary school pupils.

SLCN stands for speech, language and communication needs. Speech, language and communication underpin basic literacy and are necessary for students to understand and achieve in all subjects. As such, all children and young people need good speech, language and communication skills in order to access the school curriculum, make good progress and achieve good outcomes, in school and in life.

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