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The Balanced System® Scheme for Schools The Balanced System® Scheme for Schools

The Balanced System® Scheme for Schools is a whole system approach to improving outcomes for children and young people across the range of speech, language and communication needs

www.thebalancedsystem.org/schools/

 

Better Communication Action Plan (BCRP)

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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Better Communication Research Programme

The Better Communications Research Programme is part of the government's response to the Bercow Review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, published in July 2008.

The government published its response Better Communication, the speech, language and communications needs (SLCN) action plan in December 2008, which committed to a series of initiatives to improve services for children and young people with SLCN culminating in the National Year of Speech, Language and Communication in 2011.

www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cedar/better

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Dyslexia: A language learning impairment

Published by Margaret J. Snowling, June 2014, Journal of the British Academy

Abstract: Without the ability to read fluently with comprehension there is a downward spiral of poor educational achievement and career prospects. Dyslexia is therefore a major problem for society and a key question is whether it is possible to intervene early to ameliorate its impact. Studies following the development of children at family-risk of dyslexia reveal that it is associated with language delays and speech difficulties in the pre-school years before reading instruction begins. Literacy outcomes for children depend not only on the risk factors that predispose to reading difficulties but also on protective factors which mitigate the risk. Together current evidence places dyslexia on a continuum with other language learning impairments.

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