Identifying speech, language and communication needs
The most recent statistics from the Department for Education reveal that speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is now the most common primary type of need reported in schools, at 22% of pupils with special educational needs.
Yet this is only half the picture. In a classroom setting, bad behaviour, poor attention and low grades can disguise an underlying difficulty in speaking and understanding. Many children with SLCN get by unnoticed and undiagnosed.
While awareness of SLCN is on the rise, too many children continue to be unheard. Getting better at identifying problems is the first step to achieving change. Read more about this from 'I CAN Communicate'
Find out what the government is doing through their Hungry Little Minds campaign, featured earlier in this newsletter.