Identifying and supporting students with speech, language and communication needs

This edition of the Headteacher Update Webinar looked at how schools can spot students who have unidentified speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and what we can do to remove the barriers to learning and social development that SLCN can create
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Around 1 in 10 children and young people are affected by long-term and persistent speech, language, and communication needs (Public Health England, 2020). However, research suggests that as many as 40% of young people with SLCN are going unidentified (Communication Trust, 2014).

Furthermore, 8 in 10 children with emotional and behaviour disorders have unidentified language difficulties (Hollo et al, 2014).

The impact on education is clear: Just 15% of pupils with identified SLCN achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics in year 6 (compared with 61% of all pupils) and just 20% of pupils with SLCN get a grade 4 or above in English and maths at GCSE (compared with 63.9% of all pupils) (ICAN & RCSLT, 2018).

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