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Speech and Language Therapy


Speech and Language Therapy is an integral part of the education provided at the Moat School.  We seek to meet the Speech, Language, Literacy and Social Communication needs of all pupils by providing individual, group or classroom based support, depending on the needs of the pupil.


Speech and Language support is provided by registered Speech and Language Therapists, Lynsey Reader, and Danielle Bahgat, who all specialise in this area of work.  All new pupils undergo a language screening to assess listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, expressive language, verbal reasoning, speech sound processing and literacy skills.  Upon entry, further baseline assessments are carried out in order to help us to devise a programme tailored to the pupil’s needs.


Intervention is carefully tailored for the individual, and liaison with teaching staff in all subject areas is considered very important, in order to evaluate the main areas of need and to gain a holistic understanding of the pupil.


Overview of how pupils are referred

Upon admission, we identify whether pupils are likely to require individual, group or classroom based speech and language therapy support.

If there are concerns that a pupil requires additional support, this should be conveyed directly, or through the pupil’s form tutor or the SENCO.  We will consider referrals from pupils, parents, teachers or any other professional involved with the child.


How we work within the school

All Year 7 pupils have weekly Group Communication lessons which address confidence and self-esteem, speaking and listening, self-awareness, friendship, and social interaction skills.

Social Communication groups are also offered to pupils in years 8 through to 11.  The group activities are carefully tailored to the needs of the individuals in the group, through liaison with teachers, parents and the pupils themselves.


In addition, Speech and Language Therapists provide support in Skills for Learning lessons.  These lessons provide an opportunity for pupils to receive intervention to address language, literacy or social communication difficulties.  Pupils with similar difficulties are grouped together so that intervention can be targeted towards their needs.


The Speech and Language Therapists are involved in whole school initiatives, such as the ‘Word of the Week programme’ which was set up in order to support students who have limited vocabulary knowledge.   Abstract words, that are considered particularly useful to learn as they have cross-curricular links, are suggested by the teachers and pupils. 


The speech and language therapists create posters and word maps to display around school, and provide additional vocabulary resources to assist Form Tutors and Skills for Learning Mentors to teach the meaning of the complex vocabulary.


Parents can meet with the Speech and Language Therapists to discuss their child’s needs. Progress is reported via the regular school reports as well as at Parents evenings and in Annual Reviews.  Outcome measures enable us to monitor the pupils’ progress and evaluate the effectiveness of therapy.

Please contact the Speech and Language Therapists should there be anything further you wish to talk about in relation to the Speech and Language Therapy provision at the Moat School.