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Filton Hill School

Speech and Language support

Olympus Academy Trust
Speech and Language Therapy Service Mission Statement:
The Olympus Academy Trust SLT Service aims to work in collaboration with each School to improve outcomes and provisions for students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). This will improve students’ attainment and lessen the impact of their difficulties on academic progress and social success. Working across the Trust will create more opportunities for shared practice and collaborative working to put communication at the heart of the curriculum, enabling all staff to create a supportive communication environment through Quality First Teaching.

In areas of social disadvantage approximately 50% of children start school with delayed speech, language and communication skills.   There is evidence to show that vocabulary knowledge at age 5 is a strong predictor of not only of academic success, but also of employment and mental health difficulties in adulthood.   By improving the identification of SLCN across the Trust, evidence based and effective interventions can be put in place to meet the needs of this population.

Short term aims:
All staff will have increased awareness of the terms speech, language and communication
All staff will have an understanding of typical speech, language and communication development
All Students with SLCN will be identified
Medium term aims:
Universal best practice for speech language and communication embedded in the classroom
All Students with SLCN will receive appropriate support and interventions
Long term aims:
Improved outcomes for children with SLCN: accelerated attainment and reduced impact of SLCN on both academic and social success

As part of this, all schools will:
 Have communication friendly environments
 Use a whole school approach to vocabulary teaching using the 3 tiers model
 Participate in ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ a whole school focus on speaking and listening on 13th November
 Use the Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF) to audit staff knowledge of SLCN and track progress
 Teach active listening skills and create an atmosphere where asking for help is encouraged
 Create a debate club

The Learner Entitlement is:
 Be able to use a visual timetable throughout the day
 Have opportunities to learn new words that are functional, meaningful and related to the curriculum in a range of topic areas
 Learn active listening skills including the ability to recognise when they have not understood
 Learn strategies to ask for help when needed
 Use language for a range of purposes e.g. to persuade, argue, hypothesise

                                                                                              

Outcomes, by the end of the year:
 All staff will know the difference between the terms: speech, language and communication
 Pupils with SLCN will have been identified and appropriate interventions will be implemented
 Pupils with delayed SLCN will have made measurable progress
 Pupils with specific and complex needs will have appropriate support to develop their speech, language and communication skills
 All settings will be communication-friendly schools that develop good oracy skills.