Children's Services

Communication and Language Needs

The criteria for involvement from The Specialist Teacher Advisory Service for Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) is a Statement of Special Educational Needs for SLCN and attendance at a mainstream secondary school in Hampshire.

The Communication and Language Team (CaL) work closely with:

  • pupils, parents, learning support assistants (LSAs), special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), speech and language therapists and other professionals involved.

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Prior to starting secondary school support from the CaL team may include all or some of the following as appropriate:

  • liaison with staff from primary and secondary schools
  • liaison with parents
  • pupil assessment
  • secondary school staff awareness raising of SLCN pupil’s needs and appropriate support strategies.

Once the child/young person with SLCN is at the school the CaL team can support by:

  • assessing pupil's needs in the school context
  • holding discussions with individual pupils
  • consulting with parents and school staff
  • advising on effective classroom support
  • supporting pupils to develop personal strategies to help them with their learning
  • whole school or individual department training through formal INSET or coaching and modelling for a range of specific skills.

As the young person prepares for transition to post 16 provision the CaL team can offer support by:

  • holding discussions with individual pupils
  • liaising with staff from schools, Connexions and colleges
  • raising awareness of pupils' needs and by providing appropriate support strategies with staff at schools and colleges.

Useful links

Information for parents on SLCN

Useful leaflet

Speech, Language and Communication Needs Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 637kb - a guide for parents and carers

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