Humberston Park believe that sharing speech and language therapy resources will enhance school improvement by ensuring that those pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties receive the support they need to succeed academically and socially.  It promotes collaboration, efficiency, and inclusivity, contributing to a more effective and equitable learning environment in schools.

It’s important to share these resources for several reasons:

  1. Improved Student Outcomes: speech, language and communication skills are foundational for academic progress, success and social interaction.  Sharing these resources helps ensure that all students with speech and language difficulties receive timely and effective support, which can lead to improved communication skills, better academic performance, and enhanced social skills.
  2. Access to Expertise: we’re aware that not all schools have on-site speech and language therapists, and so by sharing resources, schools can access that expertise and guidance from specialists, including our SALT, ensuring that pupils with SLCN receive high-quality, evidence-based interventions.
  3. Consistency of Care: if we share SL&C resources, we can promote consistency in the identification, assessment, and intervention processes for speech, language and communication issues.  Such consistency is crucial for pupils, especially for those who may move between schools or receive support from multiple providers; it helps to strengthen continuity and effectiveness of care.
  4. Professional Development: it really goes without saying that sharing SL&C resources provides professional development opportunities for staff.  Training and resources related to speech and language therapy for example, can equip staff with strategies to support pupils in the classroom, enhancing their ability to address communication needs effectively.
  5. Early Identification and Intervention: early identification and intervention are key to addressing SL&C issues effectively.  By sharing resources, schools can implement screening and assessment tools that help identify pupils who may need support early on, allowing for timely and proactive interventions.
  6. Resource Efficiency: developing and maintaining SL&C resources can be resource-intensive.  Sharing them allows schools to pool their efforts and resources, making it more cost-effective and efficient to provide comprehensive SL&C support services.
  7. Inclusive Education: sharing SL&C resources supports inclusive education by helping to ensure that pupils with SLCN can access the curriculum and participate fully in learning and social activities.  This promotes equity and inclusion, and helps pupils to reach their full potential.
  8. Enhanced Collaboration: sharing our resources hopefully fosters collaboration among schools, therapists, and other stakeholders.  Collaborative approaches ensure that interventions are coordinated and holistic, addressing the diverse needs of pupils and enhancing the overall effectiveness of support services.
  9. Family and Community Engagement: we believe schools that share SL&C resources can better engage families and the community in supporting pupils with SLCN.  Providing consistent information, strategies, and resources helps families reinforce learning and therapy at home, creating a supportive environment for pupils’ development.
  10. Data Sharing and Best Practices: in sharing resources, schools get to exchange data and best practices: this helps identify successful interventions and strategies, again fostering a culture of continuous improvement and evidence-based practice.
  11. Policy and Advocacy: if we share resources we can work together to advocate for better policies and funding for much needed speech and language services. Collective advocacy efforts can lead to improved support and resources at school, MAT, LA and regional levels, benefiting greater numbers of pupils who have SLC needs.