Talking About a Generation: Current policy, evidence and prractice for speech, language and communication

This report is about the development of speech, language and communication skills for children and young people and especially those who struggle to communicate. Talking About a Generation comes three years after The Communication Trust’s previous report A Generation Adrift1. Since then much has changed in the national frameworks that affect speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), and there have been significant developments in the evidence base.

Talking About a Generation examines these changes and presents an overview of current policy and practice. It examines the impact of work to develop speech, language and communication skills across the country, linking policy, evidence and practice. It considers the challenges faced by children, young people and their families where there are difficulties in acquiring and using these crucial skills. The report highlights the impact on these children and young people for learning, interacting and participating: at home, at school, in further education and into the work place.

The evidence about what works to best support children and young people with SLCN is increasing. The importance of getting the strategy and systems right, as well as the direct approaches with children, is also becoming clear. These areas are addressed in this report, including new analysis of Early Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) data. Case studies are used to illustrate key points throughout the document. Finally, the report sets out ambitions for improvement and makes recommendations for action by government, local authorities and their health partners, schools, and providers of support for children and young people with SLCN.

Published : 21st March 2017*

Publisher : The Communication Trust  [ More From This Publisher ]

Rights : The Communication Trust

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