October 2014 Forum
The Hertfordshire’s Association of School Governors Forum in October was in two parts led by:
- Alison Mann, Operational Manager for Children’s Speech, Language and Therapy (SLT) and Christine Comras, Clinical lead for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Projects.
- Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services.
Alison Mann & Christine Comras
Alison & Christine presented on the subject of “Narrowing the Gap: Improving Children’s Speech, Language and Communication”. Some key points they made included:
- Current expectations are to ensure good teaching of literacy early on to reduce dependency on additional intervention and support,
- The impacts of poor communication skills including exam results, behaviour, mental health, employability and disadvantage (and lifetime costs arising from these),
- Focussing on inclusive practices,
- Principles, solutions & training that will allow schools to make a difference.
Jenny presented the “Governors’ Briefing” to bring us up to date on Hertfordshire Education issues. Some key points she made were:
- The Vision of children’s services being “Giving every child in Hertfordshire the chance to thrive…
- In their family,
- In their school,
- In their community.”
- At the end of August, over 82% of schools in Hertfordshire received good or outstanding results from Ofsted, this up from just over 77% last September,
- Reaffirming the contribution made by Governors & the core functions of governing bodies,
- LA support available for schools.
- Narrowing the gap – improving literacy – also some additional material:
- Training for Mainstream Settings,
- Improving children’s speech,
- Becoming a Communication Champion,
- Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool,
- SLT Provision – 3 Tier model,
- SLT Referral Guidelines,
- SLT Referral Pathway,
- Checklist to identify SLT needs,
- Post SLT checklist strategies guide,
- SLT and SENCO Joint Planning Record,
- SLT Caseload.
- Jenny Coles Update Presentation October 2014.