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The Impact of Mental Health and Speech and Language Issues on School Attendance

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Anxiety and Hyperactivity: A Teacher's Guide

Mental health, how we think, feel and regulate our emotions, is something that we all have. Just like our physical health, mental health is something that can deteriorate at..

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Developing Oracy Skills at Key Stage 2 with Speech Therapy Strategies

This week Minister for school standards Robin Walker acknowledged phonics is crucial to reading development but ‘learning to decode words is just one element of becoming a fluent..

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Top-tips to start using Makaton signing in your classroom

As a speech and language therapist and qualified early years teacher, if I were to choose a communication tool that enhanced the learning environment for all children, it would be..

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Could poor communication skills be holding students back in maths?

With hundreds of pupils starting school with poor speech and language skills and even more children struggling with basic social skills, there is no wonder we are seeing the..

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5 things teachers ask me about Auditory Memory

Difficulties with Auditory memory can have a significant impact on a pupil’s ability to attend and learn at the same rate as the rest of their class. I have worked as a speech and..

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A Guide to Vocabulary Teaching: Part 2

The second part in a series of 3 blogs about vocabulary teaching: the ‘how’ and the ‘who’ How? – how do we begin to teach children the vocabulary needed to engage in all aspects..

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Everything you Need to Know about Oracy and Dialogic Teaching

In this blog series, I will give you everything you need to know about Oracy and Dialogic teaching. I work with children at Key Stage 2 so I will explain what is meant by dialogic..

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How do you measure the impact of speech and language therapy?

When “he’s doing really well” just doesn’t cut the mustard. Here’s the thing, without evaluation, it is impossible to know whether an intervention is having a positive impact on..

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How do pupils learn to read?

The strategies for success Learning to read and write is something all of us have gone through and will be a key point of learning for every child. I don’t know about you but the..

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