Specialist Resourced Provision
Speech & Language
Who we are
Dolphin Class, our Specialist Resource Provision (SRP), comprises of two classrooms located within each Key Stage zone for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
All children have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) identifying Developmental Language Disorder and/or Phonological (speech sound) Disorder. They have a profile of need appropriate to an SLCN SRP including a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) recommendation for intensive Speech and Language Therapy and joint planning and delivery between SLT and a Specialist Teacher. SLCN should be the priority area of need and the Local Education Authority SEN Panel allocates places.
Common difficulties are:
- difficulties processing and understanding spoken language.
- difficulties remembering and recalling vocabulary.
- difficulties organising their own spoken sentences.
- difficulties with speech sounds.
- difficulties with social communication.
While many pupils will be working at a level lower than their peers, this is usually a result of their language needs. They should have the potential to access a mainstream curriculum with the appropriate level of differentiation, language support and specialist teaching.
The children in our specialist resource provision travel from a variety of locations across South Kent.
We are staffed by a team of 2 Specialist SLCN Teachers (with post graduate certificates in SLCN), a Specialist HLTA, 4 Specialist TAs and 3 Speech and Language Therapists.
All children are part of a mainstream class and there is an expectation that they access all of the usual school activities and routines.
Children arriving by taxi are met by SRP staff while those living locally come into school alongside their mainstream peers to register and get ready for morning lessons.
In the mornings, KS1 and KS2 Literacy and Maths sessions are taught discretely within the SRP for most children. SRP pupils access 1:1, group or collaborative therapy as appropriate. Some lessons are team taught jointly by the Specialist Teacher and the Speech Therapist.
Children access playtime, lunchtime and assembly with mainstream peers and with support from SRP staff.
KS1 and KS2 cross-curricular lessons are usually accessed in mainstream by most children in the afternoons with support from SRP and mainstream staff.
Year R children access small group SLCN support in the SRP in the afternoons.
We aim to offer a fully inclusive learning experience, following the National Curriculum at a level appropriate to the child. There are many ways we involve parents in their learning journey including opportunities for face to face communications, an interactive app (Classdojo), termly ECHP target reviews, annual reviews and informal telephone calls.
Developmental Language Disorder
These excellent resources from the RADLD give clear overviews of the difficulties our children face and ideas for supporting their needs.