Speech & Language Centre - Introduction
Speech & Language Enhanced Provision
The Speech and Language Enhanced Provision is part of the Learning Support provision of the school. It is a specialist provision set up to meet the needs of students who have the ability to cope with a mainstream secondary curriculum but who have a specific, significant speech and/or language difficulties.
- County provision for children with a specific Speech and Language Difficulties.
- 20 places for secondary school children.
- Specialist assessment and teaching by teacher and speech and language therapist.
- Varying levels of classroom support. Some subjects require more support than others.
- Withdrawal for individual and group work.
Students' Difficulties May Include:
- Remembering what has just been said following instructions.
- Being easily confused by words with similar meanings or sounds.
- Slow to respond to language.
- Being poor at acquiring and retaining vocabulary.
- Organising what they want to say and finding the right words.
- Conversation which may be either stilted or rambling.
- Selecting the correct sounds and putting them in the correct order when speaking.
- Other, associated literacy difficulties.
How Our Students Describe Their Difficulties:
- "It's really hard because you know the word and cannot get it out".
- "It's like a storm in my head".
- "I sometimes don't know what they are trying to say".
- "My ears have radar to somebody else".
Students in the provision benefit from the academic and social opportunities that a mainstream school can offer, whilst also having the intensive support and help they need.
All students belong to a tutor group in the main school and we encourage them to identify and take part with this group.
It is our aim to provide a supportive environment, where all students will take part in all the challenges and experiences of a mainstream school.
How Do Students Gain a Place?
Students need to have received an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) where the primary need is a speech and language difficulty.
It is important that serious consideration be given by Year 5 if the assessment procedure is to be completed in time. An up to date report from a Speech & Language Therapist is also very useful.
Admissions are the responsibility of the Local Authority.