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Kingsnorth Primary School

KingsnorthChurch of England Primary School

Supporting Early Language Development CPD Programme

The development of early language is a crucial pillar of a child’s personal growth. However, according to research by Speech and Language UK, at least 1.7 million children in this country are behind with talking and understanding of words. Wider research and data confirm this picture. The percentage of pupils formally identified as having a primary special need in speech, language and communication is steadily rising - up to 22.5% in 2021, compared with 18.8% in 2015.

Each academic year the English Hub programme offers a six-session course, designed to equip teachers and leaders with a practical pedagogical understanding of both typical language development and also how to support pupils who are struggling with language acquisition:

Here is an overview of the content of the six-session course:

  1. What is language and how it is developed? 
  2. Supporting Talk in Schools 
  3. Teaching words and making them stick​ 
  4. Identifying and Supporting SLCN 
  5. Making Change: Sustaining Change​ 
  6. Sharing the School Improvement Journey (this session is held 6 months after session 5)

Please refer to the attachment below for a more detailed overview of the course.

The course is primarily aimed at those in early years leadership such as the school’s head teacher, early years lead and SENDCO. There is an expectation that 2-3 staff members attend from each school and will take responsibility for the cascading of training within their school. 

If you would be interested in joining our September 2024 cohort of the Supporting Early Language Programme please email