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Friday, 16 January 2015

Supporting Language in the Classroom - An Inclusive Approach

“All mainstream schools MUST ensure that pupils with SEN engage in the activities of school alongside pupils who do not have SEN.”

Meeting the needs of all pupils within the classroom is stressed throughout the SEND Code of Practice 2014, challenging the idea that SEN pupils should be taught differently. Although there is a place for robust individual or small group interventions, teachers and teaching staff must be able to provide the right environment and learning experiences so that children with SEN can engage alongside their peers.

Why is an inclusive approach so important?

Outcomes for SEN pupils are historically poor and may relate to having less access to teacher time due to small group or individual work. Spending their time in the classroom provides pupils with both the opportunity to work and develop relationships with their peers and with more direct teacher contact.

An inclusive approach requires teachers to be confident in their knowledge of SEN and to have the skills to address a wide range of needs.

Our new seminars focus on just that; empowering teachers with the knowledge and skills to ensure teaching is inclusive for all pupils in their class.

To find out more about our seminars 'Supporting Language in the Classroom - An Inclusive Approach', click here.

They will be running in March & May this year.

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Friday, 9 January 2015

How do children learn language?

Happy New Year from all of us at Speech Link Multimedia Ltd!

Over the Christmas break, I came across these two recent BBC Radio 4 talks which are definitely worth a listen.

First Words: How do children develop language?

This talk discusses the complex process of how children learn their first words, and reminds us that the bulk of the language learning process is done in infancy. 15 month old Toby contributes to the discussion showing off his new words!

Speaking, Listening and the English GCSE.

With the removal of Speaking and Listening from the National Curriculum, this talk discusses the challenge of finding a new way to assess these vital skills.

Find them here.

Sarah Wall, Speech & Language Therapist.

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