What is universal provision for SLCN?
Universal support is intended for all children, not just
children with additional needs. For SLCN, the focus may be on
improving the language learning
environment and/or supporting
parents and families to ensure that general strategies are in
use which help all children’s communication to develop. The support
may include focused training or staff development to ensure all
professionals working with children have 'universal' knowledge
about SLCN as defined by the Speech,
Language and Communication Framework.
Most children with speech, language and communication needs
will make good progress and have their needs met with the support
that can be offered at this level.
Early intervention, as soon as a need is
identified, will help to prevent further problems. Use of guidance
materials such as those found in the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) and
'Language for Learning across the curriculum' (Hayden and Jordan,
2007) will also help. Every school in Worcestershire was given a
copy of 'Language for Learning across the curriculum' in 2008 and
this should be consulted when schools are considering SLCN
provision at Wave 1, 2 or 3.
Language for Learning in the Secondary School (Hayden and Jordan,
2011) has recently been published.
Some examples of Worcestershire services at a universal
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