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Universal Provision

Universal Provision

What is universal provision for SLCN?

Universal support is intended for all children, not just children with additional needs. For SLCN, the focus may be on improving the language learning environment and/or supporting parents and families to ensure that general strategies are in use which help all children’s communication to develop. The support may include focused training or staff development to ensure all professionals working with children have 'universal' knowledge about SLCN as defined by the Speech, Language and Communication Framework.

 Most children with speech, language and communication needs will make good progress and have their needs met with the support that can be offered at this level.

Early intervention, as soon as a need is identified, will help to prevent further problems. Use of guidance materials such as those found in the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) and 'Language for Learning across the curriculum' (Hayden and Jordan, 2007) will also help. Every school in Worcestershire was given a copy of 'Language for Learning across the curriculum' in 2008 and this should be consulted when schools are considering SLCN provision at Wave 1, 2 or 3. Language for Learning in the Secondary School (Hayden and Jordan, 2011) has recently been published.

Some examples of Worcestershire services at a universal level:

© Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.

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