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Bercow: Ten Years On - Share your experiences of SLCN support

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This month sees the launch of a wide-reaching inquiry into the support of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).  

As part of Bercow: Ten Years On, a project designed to examine support for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs in England, I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) have launched an inquiry. NAHT has been involved in the development of this project, and NAHT National President Kim Johnson is a member of the Review Group.

The Bercow: Ten Years On project team is inviting individuals and organisations to contribute. There are two ways to take part:

  • Submit written evidence sharing experiences of the reality of SLCN support and information for children, young people and their families and the impact of this on outcomes for children and young people.
  • Complete a short online survey into the support children with SLCN are getting, and the scale of the issue.

This phase of evidence gathering will run between 16 January and 16 March 2017, aimed mainly at people who work with children with SLCN, or who have responsibility for providing services. However a wide range of stakeholders are invited to engage with their call for written evidence, this includes:  

  • Practitioners: individuals who work with children and young people in a range of settings, such as advisory teachers and teaching assistants, early years practitioners, youth offending teams and speech and language therapists.
  • Parents, carers and children and young people
  • Service managers, commissioners, decision-makers and employers who have an interest in children’s speech, language and communication skills.
  • Experts such as academics and charitable organisations who have specialist expertise regarding SLCN and wider support.

Find out more about the Bercow: Ten Years On inquiry here.


Page Published: 20/02/2017