Whole setting/School approach
Schools and settings are recognising the importance of communication and adopting a whole setting/school approach to developing every child’s speech, language and communication skills. This involves:
- Working in partnership with parents/carers and providing information about developing speech, language and communication skills at home
- Ensuring everyone in the setting/school is aware of SLCN with some members of staff trained to a higher level of competence
- Creating language and communication friendly environments
- Use of identification tools across all ages to ensure children with SLCN are identified as early as possible
- Providing a range of intervention approaches at each tier of support - universal, targeted and specialist level
The Worcestershire SLCN Pathway Whole Setting/School summary helps to guide settings/schools through this process together with the ‘Guidance for Adopting a Whole School Approach’ - both can be found above. Reference is given within the guidance to the following tools, click to download:
The Communication Commitment has been developed by The Communication Trust and is a simple way to develop a whole school approach to communication that is tailored to the needs of individual schools. Choose five simple actions to make a start in developing a whole school approach.
The Better Communication CIC Scheme for Schools is based on The Balanced System™ and offers an accredited whole systems approach to planning provision for children and young people with SLCN. This provides schools with evidence for Ofsted as well as a clear offer for SLCN.
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, the former Children’s Communication Champion