Masterclass: Supporting children’s communication and language needs of all children

Friday, February 5, 2021 09:30 - 12:30

Language skills are critical to a child’s all-round development, and a primary aim of the revised EYFS is to ‘improve outcomes at age five, particularly in early language and literacy’. Yet speech, language and communication needs were already the most common type of educational need pre-pandemic, and evidence suggests the incidence increased during lockdown, as children were deprived of the everyday experiences and conversations that are so essential to early language development.

This masterclass will look at:

  • the importance of communication and language skills to a child’s holistic development
  • strategies for supporting children’s communication and language
  • why language support also requires practitioners to think holistically and address issues such as child well-being and adult perceptions of children with SEND
  • common indicators of speech and language problems and how to respond

9:30 - 9:45 Coffee and welcome

9:45 - 10:30 Communication and language skills: benefiting one and all

Dr Julian Grenier outlines:
  • the place of ‘Communication and Language’ within the revised EYFS
  • how children’s communication and language skills impact their learning and development
  • how a borough-wide project in Newham offered support strategies that improved the language skills of all children – not just those with language delay and speech problems, built practitioner confidence and improved the referral process
Dr Julian Grenier, Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Newham, East London and Lead on the revised Development Matters guidance

10:30 - 11:15 Holistic communication support: building strong foundations 

Explore why effective support requires practitioners to:
  • address their perceptions about SEND including deficit attitudes towards diverse child development 
  • look beyond the purely cognitive skills within language development and plan holistically, taking account of children’s neurodiversity, social experiences, emotional well-being and the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning.
Kerry Payne, Early Childhood SEND specialist, Lecturer and Author. 

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee and networking

11:30 - 12:20 Language development: seeing the signs

Penny and Anne-Marie Tassoni look at key aspects of language development, including listening skills and phonological awareness, and outline:
  • what to expect in babies and young children
  • when to be concerned, and
  • how to respond
Penny Tassoni, Early Years Consultant and Author, and Anne-Marie Tassoni, a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

12:20-12:30 Questions from the floor

Early bird rate: £75 (+VAT) until Friday 10th December 2021 / Full rate: £99 (+VAT)

Dr Julian Grenier, Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre, East London

Kerry Payne, SEND Specialist and Lecturer

Penny Tassoni MBE, Early Years Consultant and Author

Anne-Marie Tassoni, Speech and Language Therapist, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust