SLCN – What is it? Universal support strategies

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This course provides an overview of what Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) are, how to identify SLCN within the classroom setting and how to implement practical strategies to support pupils with SLCN to engage within the classroom and fulfil their learning potential. The webinar will be led by Roz Tomes, Clinical Lead for Barking and Dagenham, Words First Ltd Speech and Language Therapy service.


Why should I attend?

Research suggests that 7% of all children have a speech and language impairment and 23% of pupils on SEN registers list SLCN as the primary need/diagnosis. Furthermore, studies have shown that 50% of children in areas of social disadvantage start school with a language delay, meaning they start school language that isn’t adequate for the next stage of learning, for thinking, reasoning and communicating effectively with adults and peers.  

It is not surprising that SLCN is now the most prevalent and common form of Special Education Need across the UK. However, 42% of teaching staff reported they had received no initial training around SLCN.

It is therefore imperative that all members of staff, across all school settings, have an awareness of what SLCN is; how to identify these  needs within their own classroom settings and feel confident in implementing practical strategies to support such pupils to achieve their learning potentials.


What will it cover?

This webinar aims to investigate:

  • What is communication?
  • Why should we be concerned about developing student’s communication skills?
  • How to identify Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in the classroom
  • Top tips for supporting children with SLCN in the classroom setting


Who is it for?

Any adult working within schools who is involved in the direct care and support of pupils within the classroom. However, it may be particularly useful for:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • SENCos
  • Inclusion Leads


For specific enquiries about this course, please contact the course leader:

Name: Lee Boyce


For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact:



BDSIP Members – pay as you go £50

Non BDSIP members – pay as you go £62.50

CPD Package No charge

Schools outside of LBBD - £62.50


This course will take place online via Zoom. Log in details and password will be sent to you alongside your booking confirmation. Please check your junk email inbox if you do not receive this confirmation. 


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