A number of recent Ofsted reports note that a common feature of the most successful schools surveyed was the attention they gave to developing speaking and listening

Support for developing the Local Offer

Best Practice around SLCN for Authorities developing their Local Offer

The Trust's Communication Consortium is a group of voluntary and community sector organisations who have expertise and knowledge of children's speech, language and communication. You can find out about the services they provide to families throughout England on the Trust's Local Offer page. This page can easily be linked to from your authority's Local Offer; to find out about this, please click here

Through our work with the Pathfinder Programme, we have also developed a factsheet for local authorities that highlights key issues for SLCN in the local offer and where you can find support for these issues. You can download the factsheet here.


More support:

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have produced summaries of the Draft Code of Practice for young people. These will be really useful to schools who want to involve young people in the changes that are going on and make sure they feel empowered to understand what's happening and have the opportunity to get involved proactively.

The Department of Health has also published guidance for Health and Well Being Boards which includes a focus on their role in developing the local offer.


The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) are the SEN and disability strategic reform partner to the Department for Education. Find out more here.