Around 1.4 million children in the UK have some form of long-term speech, language, and communication need (SLCN), with research revealing that 80% of teachers believe children in their class are behind with their talking and/or understanding of words. It is estimated this affects as many as one in five children. And more than half of teachers also say they don't have sufficient training to support their pupils (Speech and Language UK, 2023a, 2023b).
However, teaching staff do not have to feel alone. With a variety of quick and easy strategies and resources at hand, you can support your pupils with the three most commonly identified issues in speech, language, and communication development.
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