The Speech & Language Base
The Speech and Language Base (SLB) provides support and intervention programs for up to ten children identified as having a speech and/or language and communication need.
The aim of the SLB is to meet the individual needs of the children so they can access the mainstream curriculum and the social opportunities offered within the wider school.
The SLB is managed by a specialist teacher who is supported by teaching assistants and NHS speech and language therapists. This provides an environment which enables small group learning and direct intervention alongside and/or in addition to regular classroom learning. Collaboration between these staff members ensures that appropriate speech, language, communication and learning objectives and opportunities are identified for each individual child.
Can I visit the SLB?
Visits are usually offered once children have been offered a place in our SLB. Places are only offered to children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) which identifies speech, language and communication as a primary need, as agreed through provision panel.
Our SLB teacher has capacity to visit other local settings to offer advice, share good practice or support with continual professional development with regards to SLCN (speech, language, communication needs).
For more information please email our school office in the first instance.
What will it be like?
The SLB is an integral part of the whole school. Hillshott is like lots of other infant schools in the local area.
What do the children do?
The children do the same kind of work as other children of their age. This includes both the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculums.
The speech and language therapists work alongside teachers and teaching assistants on curriculum activities as well as on more specifically structured speech and language work. Much of the work takes place in the child’s classroom as well as our dedicated classroom for smaller groups or individual work.
Children join in all aspects of school life along with everyone else. This includes all routine day-to-day activities such as assemblies, lunch/playtimes, trips, after-school clubs and any special events.
How long do children stay?
Children stay for various lengths of time and can leave at any time – it’s all dependent on the child’s individual needs and progress. Hillshott is an infant school so all children will move onto a new provision at the end of Year 2.