Reviewing SLCN provision 10 years after Bercow

Reviewing provision for young people with speech, language and communication needs – how does support
in your secondary school measure up?

The ability to communicate is a fundamental life skill. There are very few things that we do that don’t involve speech, language or communication – not the least the ability to learn.

However, many children and young people have difficulty with spoken language; 10 per cent of all pupils have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), that’s two or three in every classroom. These are pupils whose needs will be long-term.

The role of language in developing thinking is widely known and this role becomes more important as children get older. The move to secondary school brings with it heavy language demands: sophisticated language skills needed to analyse and understand complex texts and to understand increasingly technical vocabulary and words which are specific to secondary school.

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