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Early Language

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Early Language Resources

Kirstie Page - Speech, Language & Early Literacy Consultant


CLICK HERE for Kirstie's Universal CPD Offer

This CPD link is within the public domain. Please feel free to access the content of the folder. 

The content of this folder includes:

  • The link to the EYFS Forum Podcast
  • The link to the EYFS Forum – Speech & Language for 5-7 Year Olds
  • The Link to the EYFS Forum – SLCD & PSED article
  • Language Enrichment Training – Originally delivered through YEAT English Hub this discusses the principles of interactions and language enrichment when taking children’s current skills and next steps into consideration.  Although Launchpad is briefly mentioned, this training is applicable for all, even if people don’t use Launchpad.
  • Speech & Language – The Bedrock for Literacy – this interview with Kathy Brodie for the EYFS Summit with the Speech, Language & Communication focus, looks at how SLC Development underpins literacy readiness.  However, we also discuss links with PSED, maths and the move towards a Knowledge-Based Curriculum.
  • Links to CPD through Orgill English Hub – Interactions & Language Enrichment, What to consider if children are not on-track/Meeting age-related expectations? & Embedding Interventions for Common Targets from Speech & Language Therapy.
  • Launchpad for Literacy & the EYFS – This is an overview of Launchpad for Literacy within the EYFS, looking at how it fits in with the EYFS Reforms, Phase One, identifying SLC and other needs and working with outside agencies.
  • Link to discussions with Anne Brass from Durham LA about the Ethos & Applications of Launchpad for Literacy.

Subfolder – Wensum English Hub

  • Recordings of Interaction & Language Enrichment, What to consider if children are not on track & Embedding Interventions.

New CPD resources

  • Using Interactions to Support SLCD - This session is aimed at EYFS Leaders and Practitioners, including those who work with younger children. There's a focus on interaction strategies & principles that support different types of Speech, Language & Communication skill gaps. As well as using the analogy of having a Toolkit of strategies which can be utilised with different children at different times, moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach to SLC support & Language Enrichment. 
  • Using the Learning Environment to Support Skill Development - This session is aimed at EYFS Leaders and Practitioners, including those who work with younger children. It builds on the Interaction Session above, but it can be viewed as a stand-alone session. In this session, the use of Learning Environment & Daily Routines is specifically targeted to embed interventions and to close SLC and other developmental skill gaps. 



Supporting pupils' speech and language needs 

The ability to talk and listen affects our ability to read, write and learn at school. Without a broad vocabulary, children struggle to access and understand all areas of the curriculum. It can affect how we behave, make friends, manage our mental health and even our future careers, with those who start school with poor vocabulary twice as likely to be unemployed as adults. 

With the right provision in place, outcomes for these children can be significantly improved.  That's Pearson, as the world's leading learning company have joined forced with OxEd and Assessment, leaders in evidence based apps and interventions.  Together we want to ensure more children have access to the right support to reverse this trend. 

By using the evidence-based educational assessment that we now offer, schools can quickly identify children who have language or reading challenges and are in danger of falling far behind.  Our assessment tools, Language Screen and the newly released Reading Screen provide an accurate profile of each child so that progress can be tracked and targeted interventions, including the most highly evidenced Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) can be used to close the gap. 

If you are a school already using Language Screen and NELI please get in touch to find out we help you continue to offer this provision for the next academic year. If you are not already benefiting from these resources in school and would like to join the thousands of schools who are seeing lasting improvements in their pupils' language skills and behaviour I would be happy to talk to you in more detail about how we can help.



Speech and Language UK want every child to face the future with confidence.

For 1.9 million children in the UK, learning to talk and understand words feels like an impossible hurdle. Speech and Language UK give children and young people the skills they need so they aren’t left behind, waiting to be understood.