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 early years settings

Meeting the needs of children with SLCN and supporting all children's communication development in the reformed SEND system


The SEND Code of Practice extends to cover children and young people from birth to 25 years old.

The Trust recognises the vital importance of the early years workforce in supporting children's language development and provides a range of information for practitioners working with children between the ages of birth and 5. Please see our Early Years page to find a range of resources with information about:

  • children's language development
  • speaking and listening activities
  • identifying and supporting those with speech, language and communication needs
  • working with parents
  • workforce development¬†


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