The Speech and Language Therapy provision within Aspire Academy Bexley currently consists of 1 day a week of both Speech and Language Therapist Clare Brightwell and a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant.

All children on entry to Aspire Academy Bexley will receive a screening assessment of their speech, language and communication needs. From then a report and a care plan is created and sent home to parents and copied to school and the GP.

From the assessment the child will then be put on different options of intervention: classroom support through class strategies; group intervention such as Lego Therapy, Asking for help, Telling the time, Transition to Secondary school; paired work targeting speech, language and communication skills or individual work targeting specific communication objectives. Onward referrals can also be made by the Speech and Language Therapist.

Whole school training to develop knowledge and skills around Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and particular areas within this e.g. Autism, Attachment Difficulties, Whole Class strategies and Vocabulary development.

Staff will also receive child specific training, where children’s’ needs will be discussed so that all staff are aware of what they can do to support communication and reduce breakdowns in communication.

Liaisons between both SLT and school staff and advice or attendance at meetings such as social care / annual review meetings are also included.