Background to the development of the Worcestershire SLCN
The SLCN Pathway Working Groups were
established in January 2010 to bring together the positive work
that was already happening in Worcestershire and to look at ways to
support the workforce as well as parents in identifying and making
provision for children with SLCN.
Worcestershire SLCN Review
At the same time, the Joint Commissioning
Services to Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Review, led in partnership by NHS Worcestershire and Worcestershire
County Council, was being carried out.
The purpose of the SLCN Review was to:
- Understand the complexity of need and
services across both the LA and PCT;
- Identify positive practice and address gaps
and inequity across the county;
- Review current provision across the Local
Authority (LA) and Primary Care Trust (PCT);
- Develop a coherent strategy with clear
information, pathways, protocols, performance monitoring and
- Develop a jointly commissioned model of SLCN
services for children in Worcestershire.
The Review identified key issues to be
addressed and made a number of recommendations to be included in
the SLCN Pathway. For more information about the Worcestershire
SLCN Review, please refer to the following documents;
In June 2011, the Worcestershire SLCN Pathway
was launched and the Outcomes of the SLCN Review shared with
services, schools, settings, parents and practitioners across
Worcestershire. For details go to
'Outcomes of the SLCN Review, redesigned services and launch
of the online Speech, Language and Communication Needs Pathway'
(PDF 6.59 MB).
SLCN Pathway Consultation and Launch
Many of the tools within the Pathway were trialled by settings,
schools, parents and support services throughout 2010 - 2011. At
the end of January 2011, representatives from the following groups
were invited to consult on the SLCN Pathway:
- Children's Centres
- Early Years and Childcare Services
- Speech and Language Therapy Service
- Integrated Specialist Support Service
- Educational Psychology Service
- Learning Support Team
- Health Visitors
- Joint Commissioning Group
In June 2011, the Worcestershire SLCN Pathway was launched and
the Outcomes of the SLCN Review shared with services, schools,
settings, parents and practitioners across
Worcestershire. Click to view a copy of the
SLCN Launches PowerPoint Presentation (PDF 2.01
There are a number of other initiatives within
Worcestershire that have influenced the development of the SLCN
Pathway and are referenced throughout this document, including:
- 'Worcestershire Good Practice Guidelines:
Developing Speech, Language & Communication: Making a
Difference for Children and Young People', produced in 2008 by
Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire NHS to provide
guidance and inform good practice across Worcestershire.
Information from this document has been updated and merged within
the SLCN Pathway.
- 'Language for Learning across the Curriculum'
(Hayden and Jordan, 2007) was distributed to all primary schools
across Worcestershire in 2008. This book is a practical guide for
supporting pupils with language and communication difficulties
across the Key Stage 1 & 2 curriculum. Language for Learning
(External Website) provides training, courses and
resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary level and are led
jointly by a speech and language therapist and a specialist
- The research and development work carried out
in 2010-2011 by the specialist working group for the 'World Class
Commissioning for Children with Speech, Language &
Communication Needs Worcestershire Pathfinder' project - focusing
on services to children with SLI (specific language impairments, a
subgroup of SLCN).
- The 'Worcestershire County Council Policy on
Education Inclusion' (WCC, 2010) and the development of the
strategy for implementing that policy.
The Worcestershire SLCN Pathway is based on
good practice and settings and schools should be familiar with much
of what is suggested.
The Pathway builds on general principles of
Quality First Teaching, a concept
developed in the National
Strategies (External Website) initiative, and considers
elements of 'Removing Barriers to Achievement' (DfES, 2004), the
previous Government's SEN strategy which aims to embed inclusive
practice in every school by developing teachers’ skills in meeting
the needs of all pupils, including those with SEND (Special
Educational Needs and Disability).
The Individual Child Pathway supports the
Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (DfES, 2001) which
describes a ‘graduated response’ to identification, assessment and
meeting the needs of children with special educational needs.
It is intended that the SLCN Pathway will be updated as needed,
to reflect changes in legislation and national and local
© Worcestershire County
Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.
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,
- The use of parents refers to
parents and carers.
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