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Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)


At Spring Hill High School it is our strong belief that identifying and meeting the communication needs of our students helps them to communicate and interact more appropriately with those around them, whether through verbal or written form. Developing their communication, speech and language skills is crucial to their emotional, social and mental health and well-being, relationship building, educational attainment and future life chances.




Our Speech and Language Therapist Team


Claire Johnston
SLT Consultant (Band 6)
Lauren Taylor
SLT (Band 5)
Sophie Wilson
SLT Assistant


Our Aims

  • Identify the young people’s communication difficulties including social skills through carrying out a full assessment
  • Create individual plans for students following assessment which outline the current Therapy targets and intervention programmes being delivered
  • Help them develop appropriate social communication skills
  • Develop literacy skills by building vocabulary.
  • Develop the students’ emotive vocabulary and their understanding of how to recognise, name and manage their own emotions through emotional literacy programmes
  • Develop working and auditory memory, and ability to retain, process and recall information
  • Develop the students’ understanding of abstract language and their ability to inference
  • Develop expressive language including narrative skills and the students’ ability to sequence information
  • Develop a working partnership with parents, carers and foster carers in order to help them develop an understanding of their children’s communication needs.
  • Work with teachers and other professionals to raise awareness of the students’ Speech Language and Communication needs (SLCN).


Speech and Language Service in our School

Screening - All students who enter our School are screened for communication needs and, where a need is identified, a full assessment is done by the team
Training - Our Speech and Language Team train Teachers, Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and Educational Support Assistants (ESAs) to increase their awareness of communication and interaction needs, and how to respond and support the communication needs of our students. Training also includes modelling strategies and techniques to support school staff.

The SLT and SENCO develop individual communication profiles and One Page Statements to inform teacher planning and help the young people to access the National Curriculum.

Support - There is continued Speech and Language Therapy support throughout the duration of the student's education at Spring Hill High School if required. If a student is accessing intervention, they will have an individual plan (IP) which is regularly monitored and updated to ensure Therapy is consistently needs led. Intervention takes the form of formal sessions; indirect support e.g. environmental adaptations and providing visual support, appropriate speech and language therapy input into meetings including; edge of care; Education Health and Care Plan Transfers and reviews, looked after children reviews and annual reviews. The speech and language team carry out frequent environmental audits and personalise the environment to ensure that the communication needs of the student are being met. Support is also available for parents, carers and foster carers so that they can have a better understanding of the communication needs of their children and how best to support them at home.


The Value Of Speech and Language Therapy in Our School

  • Reduction in negative behaviours because students are better equipped to communicate their feelings through appropriate behaviour choices
  • Reduction in suspensions and exclusion
  • Improvement in literacy and the ability to access education, which helps students to make progress overtime
  • Increase in whole school exam results
  • Better destinations, as improved communications make it easier to access further education and employment
  • Students are less likely to become NEETs (Not In Employment Education and Training)
  • Improved social skills which lead better peer and adult interactions both in school, at home and in the local community
  • Improvement in mental health
  • Increase in students’ confidence and self-esteem as they gain more confidence in their ability to communicate appropriately
  • Our students are less likely to end up in the criminal justice system
  • Students are better able to participate in society.





“Difficulties in communication is a key element for many students and the school’s speech and language therapists play a very positive role in working alongside teachers and support staff to promote this aspect of learning.”
Ofsted 2015


Spring Hill High School Speech and Language Consultant

Our own Speech and Language Therapist, Claire Johnston, was awarded the Alumni of the Year by Birmingham City University for Community Engagement and Leadership. Claire is an active member of ‘Giving Voice’, a national campaign to raise awareness of the impact of speech, language and communication needs, arising from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
In December 2016 Claire was invited by Lord Grocott to a reception held in the House of Lords.
She is currently pursuing a PHD at Birmingham University.


Useful Websites

COMMUNICATION TRUST; Giving Voice; Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist

National Autistic Society

Social Emotional Behavioural Difficulties Association

iCAN - evidence based practical programme

Pathological Demand Avoidance (part of the Autistic Spectrum)

Afasic voice for life - Support for parents

Inclusion Development Programme

Do2learn - a resource for individuals with special needs