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School Development Plan (SDP)

A school development plan (SDP) is a strategic planning document covering the school’s activities over a period of time. School Development Plans should be based on the needs of individual schools and issues that may need addressing. For example, a school may decide to focus on SLCN as part of their school development plan based on data that may have raised issues that could highlight SLCN in school, such as:

  • SLCN as the highest area of need on the SEN record if both primary and secondary areas of need are counted;
  • Increase in the number of pupils being referred for Speech & Language therapy in KS 1;
  • Pupils at School Action making less relative progress than those at School Action Plus /Statement;
  • Small number of pupils at Key Stage 1 and 2 who cause low-level behaviour problems and appear to have a poor attitude to learning.

Alternatively, focusing on SLCN could be incorporated within existing priorities in school such as raising attainment or preventing disaffection.  These decisions need to be taken within the context of the cycle for school improvement:

(taken from: original Dyslexia/SLCN IDP)  


© Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.

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  • 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, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF)
    The first stop for information on children's communication
  • Speech and Language Therapy  
    Information from Worcestershire's NHS about speech and language therapy.

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This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
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