Working with 5-11 years olds

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Useful websites

Derby City's Local Offer - a hub of information and advice for children and young people from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

I CAN - helps children communicate. They are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.

The Communication Trust - every child understood.  A coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

Talking Point - the first stop for information on children’s communication.

National Literacy Trust - an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

Words for Life helps parents to develop their child's vital communication and literacy skills from birth to age eleven.

AFASIC - voice for life. Afasic seeks to raise awareness and to create better services and provision for children and young people with speech and language impairments.

What to expect at different ages

Typical stages of talk at primary (4-11 years old).

Universally Speaking - ages and stages of children's communication development (5-11 years old).

Checklist from Universally Speaking - for ages 5-11.

This handy guide takes you through what can be expected for different ages of children and what you can do to encourage good speech sound development. 

Resources and activities

Good practice for supporting pupils with speech, language and communication needs in a primary school - checklist.

Benefits of children learning their home language first.

A resource guide for practitioners from The Communication Trust.

Primary resources from the National Literacy Trust.

A webinar about supporting bilingual families.

Crack the code: how to know if a pupil needs support

The referral decision making process from The Communication Trust.

General advice sheets from Derby Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Video about talking to parents about their child’s, speech, language and communication.

Short videos from TEAL UK to help people learn Makaton signs that can be used for conversations, songs and stories.  

More top tips for developing talking.

Oracy benchmarks from Voice 21.

Communication friendly environment checklist.

Making your place great for communication.

What Works? The biggest database of evidence informed speech, language and communication interventions.

A catalogue of products and services available from The Communication Trust's consortium.

Further resources

Bercow: Ten years on recommendations.

Bercow: Ten years on - Key features of effective practice in schools.

Time to Talk - implementing outstanding practice in speech, language and communication, Jean Gross.

A 'one stop guide' from The Communication Trust to commissioning speech and language services in your school.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' overview of their role in educational settings.

How to set up a Parent Champions scheme with Coram.