We know from research that between 60 to 90% of children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties also have communication problems, and that these difficulties are often undetected in these children.  As part of our commitment to ensure all of our pupils needs are met and no child’s speech and language needs go undetected, Elm Tree recently commissioned a language screening programme delivered across the whole school, in September and October 2015.  The results of the screening show that within our school, around 85% of children have a significant delay in one or more aspect of their language development and that for approximately 50% of our children, their overall language development is moderately to severely delayed.

In order to meet this substantial need, we have employed a full time speech and language therapist to support children’s speech and language needs within our school.  

Children’s needs are met through:

  • A language screening programme delivered to all children on entry to school
  • Further specialist speech and language therapy assessment of children’s needs as required
  • 1:1 and small group therapy to promote children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Work in class to promote children’s functional communication throughout the day
  • Joint target setting with children’s class teachers 
  • Whole school training delivered in-house, to support Speech, Language and Communication needs across the curriculum.


Shine a Light Awards 2017

Good communication skills are essential for learning and making friends, and have wide impacts across a child’s development, which is why The Communication Trust and Pearson have launched the fifth annual Shine a Light Awards.

Elm Tree is proud to annouce that we have been selected as a 2017 Finalist, please see our video submission below and feel free to share. 


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