Information for Inspectors

In some areas of social disadvantage over half of all children may start school with poor language skills.

Speech, language and communication needs affect 10% of all children and young people.

Approximately 7.6% of all children in primary school (two children in every average class of 30 in the UK) have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) – this is a life long condition.

Your guide to why spoken language is so important, what can go wrong, and best practice for supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in school.

The importance of spoken language

  • What children and young people themselves think about spoken language
  • Information about SLCN and what can go wrong, including statistics on the impact of poor spoken language

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The Importance Home Intro

The scale of the issue

  • SLCN are widespread – find out just how many children and young people are affected

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The Scale Of The Issue Intro

What do speech, language and communication needs look like?

  • Read about the types of difficulties children and young people experience when they have SLCN, including how they might present in the classroom

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SLCN Look Like Intro

Supporting children and young people’s spoken language- what can be done?

  • Knowledgeable staff with understanding of how to support children and young people’s spoken language skills are essential to ensure best impact

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​Measuring the impact of support for spoken language

  • Explore some tools for measuring progress in spoken language skills.
  • Read some of the main issues around measuring impact and how schools could tackle them.

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Measuring The Impac Of Support SLCN Intro


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