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Speech & Language

A child naturally acquires language from a very early age and goes through a recognised pattern of learning vocabulary, sentences and concepts to be able to communicate verbally. Add to this speech sound processes, attention and social development and you realise how complex communication is.

When this natural process diverges from the normal pattern, e.g. when a child has difficulty with grammar or speech sounds, poor listening or stammering, it is called a speech, language and communication difficulty. 


We are in the fortunate position to be able to offer targeted speech and language provision on site, from 2 specially trained support staff. We work with outside agencies to deliver 1:1 speech and language programmes as well as designing group activities that will cater to children's specific needs.
We have a group provision for children with English as an additional language (EAL). Our EAL intervention is designed to support EAL learners to build their understanding of vocabulary and support their communication over time. 
Our Speech and Language provision also includes delivery of intervention programmes. This includes Talk Boost which is a target intervention for children in Year 1 and 2 focused on narrowing the language the gap between them and their peers.