John Parrot, Glinette Woods and Kath Paintin, wearing their various” Hats” attended a Parliamentary reception by the Communication Trust, to celebrate their launch of "Generation Adrift” and "Talk of the Town”. Both make very interesting reading.
A Generation Adrift draws together research which shows that many children and young people with speech language and communication needs (SLCN) aren't being adequately supported to develop good communication skills. It describes the incidence and continuing nature of children and young people with communication difficulties and the continuing lack of knowledge and understanding in the teaching professions in identifying and supporting these young people.
Talk of the Town reports on a community approach to supporting people with communication difficulties and the working relationship that can and should be achieved between the key agencies.
The BCRP (Better Communication Research Programme) is a landmark programme of research part of the Better Communication Action Plan, the government's response to the Bercow Review 2008, was published on December 27th 2012. There are 6 key areas as identified by TCT:
- Identification; there remain huge challenges at the universal level of identifying SLCN, with continued concerns of how the label should be interpreted with consideration that the label SLCN is too generic when describing more profound language issues.
- Support; children with language needs require support at all levels, in the classroom as well as from specialists. Children have made it clear what works for them- other people's behaviour and understanding being paramount.
- Outcomes; children with SLCN do less well in school than peers of similar ability. Measurable outcomes, need to be at the heart of the system.
- Workforce development; there continues to be an ongoing need to raise the understanding of SLCN, particularly for teachers in changing classroom practice.
- Commissioning; health and education need to work together to deliver needs- led local services. This needs to be developed from universal through to specialist services. Too many children are "falling through gaps in the system".
- Research; needs to combine expertise of practitioners, parents, service providers and researchers to fill the evidence gaps.
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