This report by The Communication Trust presents the findings of our survey with more than 1200 members of the children and young people's workforce, where we asked about their experiences of professional development in speech, language and communication (SLC). Respondents were nearly unanimous in recognising the importance of SLC, but there were very significant gaps in their training in this area. The report also provides recommendations around improving the workforce's access to training.
In this policy paper from the SEN Policy Research Forum, leading experts in SEND discuss current issues, including involving schools and families in commissioning, educational psychology and Alternative Provision. Some creative solutions are detailed.
Froggy Match-it is a graded, interactive phonics game for use on a tablet or phone. It is meant for beginner readers who know most of the single letter sounds and is designed to fit in with the main phonics schemes used in schools. Froggy Match-it is designed for use in school and at home. It includes a fun bonus activity to reward progress and free downloadable writing sheets.
This one day session focuses on training for staff who support pupils on the autism spectrum who have complex needs. It aims to deepen participants’ understanding of autism and ways in which they can support pupil participation, including development of their personal and EHC Plans.
A practical resource designed to support teachers to work effectively with pupils on the autism spectrum. The booklet provides details of resources available, and will allow online access to 44 resources for a one off payment of £29.99.
Syllable segmentation is a vital skill for both speech and literacy development. Children must be able to break longer words down in order to understand meaning, and to help find words in their vocabulary. This fun pack includes three games for helping children break words down into syllables and develop an awareness of syllable boundaries.
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Decodable phonic reading books designed to engage and enthuse older, struggling, reluctant readers. The highly-structured phonic sequence in each Series ensures reading success and building of confidence from the outset. Action packed, age-appropriate stories and graphic illustrations appeal and motivate older readers.
This one day session is designed for staff who have a leadership role that includes responsibility for developing provision for pupils on the autism spectrum within a school setting, and who may train or lead other staff in their setting. This session will bring lead practitioners from a range of organisations together to discuss, share and develop practice and understanding. It is suitable for practitioners working both mainstream and specialist settings
This half a day course deepens delegates’ understanding, including theories of autism. Advancing skills in developing and applying strategies to facilitate progress and achievement, for teachers, teaching assistants and SENDCos. This session is suitable for practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum in mainstream services. Practitioners in specialist settings who work with pupils with complex needs should undertake the one day complex needs module.