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PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)

System of visual communication using pictures, symbols or photos, developed by Lori Frost and Andy Bondy in 1995.

Personalised Learning

Personalising learning and teaching means taking a highly structured and responsive approach to each child's and young person's learning in order that all are able to progress, achieve and participate. It means strengthening the link between learning and teaching by engaging pupils – and their parents – as partners.'

Phonological Awareness

Awareness of speech sounds in words and the ability to manipulate them. Includes awareness of rhyme and alliteration.

Phonological Delay

An individual with a phonological delay presents with phonological development that follows a typical pattern, but at a slower rate.  Phonological processes appear to persist beyond the age at which they should disappear.


The speech sound system of a language – the rules which govern how sounds are organised in words in order to convey different meanings.

PLASC (Pupil Level Annual School Census)  

Census returns are a statutory requirement on schools under section 537A of the Education Act 1996.


The use of language in social situations, including conversational skills and the understanding and use of non-verbal communication.

Pre-intentional communication

Type of communication where a child communicates a message by reacting to a stimulus e.g. crying in response to bottle being removed from a baby’s mouth.

Processing (speech)

The ability to perceive, discriminate and analyse speech sounds in spoken language (input) and to remember and select correct sounds for talking (output).

Provision Map

This is a management tool which maps out the range of provision the school makes for children with special educational needs, and how the school is allocating resources to, and among, pupils with special educational needs.

© Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.

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Within the SLCN Pathway :

  • The use of child/children refers to children and young people
  • The use of setting includes childminders, children's centres, nurseries, pre-schools, schools.
  • The use of parents refers to parents and carers.

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External websites

  • Communication Trust
    Highlighting the importance of speech, language and communication across the children's workforce and to enable practitioners to access the best training and expertise to support the communication needs of all children.
  • Hello Campaign
    Here you will find what the Hello campaign is all about  
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities 
  • Speech and Language Therapy  
    Information from Worcestershire's NHS about speech and language therapy.

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This page was last reviewed 23 April 2013 at 16:19.
The page is next due for review 20 October 2014.