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Language difficulties: Assessment and action

Given the importance of language skills, the assessment of difficulties early on is vital. SENCO Nicky Parrott discusses her schools’ approach to spotting problems and some of their interventions to improve outcomes

At Liphook Infant and Junior Schools, we believe that language is the vehicle that underpins our ability to access learning. Without age-appropriate language skills, a child’s ability to access the curriculum and make good progress is far more limited.

Furthermore, these difficulties can then exacerbate as the child moves through school and the language being taught rapidly becomes more complex and abstract.
Indeed, the size of a pupil’s vocabulary in their early years of schooling (the number and variety of words that the young person knows) is a significant predictor of academic attainment in later schooling and of success in life (Save the Children, 2016; Parsons & Schoon, 2011).

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