The Speech and Language (SLCN) Resource is an educational resourced provision for children with a diagnosis of Developmental Language Delay(DLD). DLD (previously known as Specific Language Impairment or SLI) is a persistent type of speech, language and communication need. The SLCN Resource is hosted by Etruscan Primary School but the management is retained by the Local Authority. Placement at the SLCN Resource is on a dual basis; 3 days at the resource and 2 days at the 'home-school', which is decided at the LA SLCN Moderation Panel.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Kuljit Jheeta
- Contact Position
- Senior SEND Advisor
- 01782 232538
Where to go
Etruscan Primary School
- ST1 4BS
- Local Offer Age Bands
- 4-11 years
- What kinds of SEND does the school provide for?
The SLCN Resource is a Local Authority provision, hosted at Etruscan Primary School, for children with a diagnosis of developmental Language Disorder (DLD).
- How does this setting know if their children/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
If pupils meet the agreed criteria and following a request to the Local Authorities SLCN Moderation Panel pupils may be offered a joint placement with their local community maintained primary school and the SLCN Resource. The child’s speech and language therapist or the school’s SENCO are the first point of contact.
- How will the setting support my child/young person?
By working collaboratively the SLCN Resource, the Speech and Language Therapy Service and the pupil’s Home-School work to close any academic gaps between the pupil and their peers. They also work to accelerate progress with regard to their speech or language difficulties.
- How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?
All SLCN Resource pupils receive a language based curriculum personalised to their individual needs, delivered by specialist teachers and practitioners alongside intensive speech and language therapy following programmes set by the speech therapist.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?
All parents and carers are invited to regular review meetings between the school, the SLCN Resource staff and the speech therapist. Parents and carers are also invited to termly informal meetings to discuss their child’s progress and contribute to individual targets
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?
Due to the small class sizes and high adult to pupil ratios the individual needs of the children and their families are a high priority. A communication book transferred between home, school and the SLCN Resource is used daily to keep all parties fully informed about the child’s wellbeing.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
The speech and language therapy service currently provides 2 therapists who deliver individual and group therapy and ensure that the therapy programmes are shared with home, school and SLCN Resource staff. When necessary the resource works collaboratively with other outside agencies such as Child and Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physio Therapists, Teachers of the Deaf and Visually Impaired, CAMHS, members of the Social Care Service and the Virtual School.
- What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?
The SLCN Resource is staffed by 2 qualified teachers and 2 specialist practitioners who are highly experienced and have qualifications including Level 5 Practitioner, (Stoke Speaks Out), Specialist Practitioner for Language Impaired Children, (Sheffield University) and Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma status, (Sheffield University). Currently two new members of staff are studying for a diploma in language and communication impairment in children. All staff have had expertise in using and modelling Cued Articulation and Makaton; delivering a wide range of specialist language programmes and other interventions, including Talking Partners, Numicon, Talking Maths and WordAware.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
The SLCN Resource arranges educational visits in its own right and ensures that children can attend flexibly to ensure they can participate in any events, after school clubs and educational visits that their home school arranges. In addition, when appropriate, children benefit from opportunities provided by Etruscan Primary School.
- How accessible is the environment?
The SLCN Resource is purpose built and consists of two classrooms and a speech therapy room. There is a disabled toilet in one of the classrooms and a ramp for disabled access. The SLCN Resource and the host school fully comply with accessibility building regulations.
- How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?
The SLCN Resource provides a short transitional programme of visits, individually tailored to a child’s needs. Staff from the SLCN Resource work collaboratively with the child’s Home School and parents to ensure a smooth and positive transition. Staff at the SLCN Resource ensure that at the beginning of the autumn term any Y6 pupils attend their Home School for the majority of the week. Then at the end of the spring term any Y6 children still attending the SLCN Resource re-join their Home School on a full-time basis, thus enabling participation in any transitional work/visits to their intended High School.
- How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
All children at the SLCN Resource follow the National Curriculum, which is delivered in an individual and personalised manner. Multi-Sensory resources are purchased to support all areas of learning.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
All children attending the SLCN Resource have a diagnosis of a DLD; in addition they require intensive and on-going speech and language therapy. The children also need to maintain contact with their local mainstream community primary school. The decision to offer a place at the SLCN Resource is made by the SLCN Moderation Panel, which is part of SEN Assessment and Monitoring. If an offer of a place is made, this will be for 3 days a week at the SLCN Resource and 2 days at the home school.
- How will our child and young person be involved in the decisions about their learning?
Staff at the SLCN Resource gather information about a child's likes, dislikes and preferences to learning. This information is then used to develop personalised learning. Children are always involved in decisions about their learning and targets.
- How will we be involved in the decisions about the learning of our children and young people?
Parents and carers are constantly involved in the decisions about their child's learning through the communication book, regular meetings throughout the year. Parent workshops also take place at regular times which aim to give parents and carers the skills to support their child's specific needs at home.
- How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?
The SLCN Resource strives to work in partnership with parents and carers to promote positive working relationships. Parents are always invited to visit the SLCN Resource, before accepting a place for their child. Throughout the year parents are regularly invited to events in order to meet other parents, staff and speech therapists. An individual communication book is kept for each child, designed to ensure parental, home-school and Resource liaison, a similar communication book is also used by the speech therapist. Homework activities, reading packs and speech therapy activities are provided for parents and Home-Schools. Parents are invited to participate in the setting of individual pupil targets each term. SLCN Resource staff work flexibly and meetings are arranged either at the Resource or at the Home-School, whichever is the more convenient. Training for parents which enables them to support their child by using Cued Articulation, is provided by the speech therapist.
- What do I I do if I want to make a complaint?
In the first instance the teachers at the SLCN Resource should be contacted. If the issues are still unresolved then Kuljit Jheeta (Senior SEND Advisor) can be contacted.
- What other support Is available to parents and how can I contact them?
Support from Speech Therapy is available so that parents and carers can gain the skills to help support at home. Parents and carers should contact the speech therapy service directly.