Diagnostic assessments to help Exmouth area schools understand learning difficulties

PUBLISHED: 15:09 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:09 17 October 2018

Left is Tas Beckett, teaching assistant at St Peter's Primary School, receiving training from Ellie Pepperell,Speech and Language Therapist from Talk Matters South West CiC. Picture: Steve Hitchcock

Left is Tas Beckett, teaching assistant at St Peter's Primary School, receiving training from Ellie Pepperell,Speech and Language Therapist from Talk Matters South West CiC. Picture: Steve Hitchcock

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New assessment areas are allowing primary schools in the Exmouth area to better understand the learning difficulties their pupils are facing.

Diagnostic assessment suites have been purchased by Exmouth Speech, Language and Communication Group (ExSLCN) to help identify learning difficulty needs in pupils.

The group, made up from five schools in the Exmouth area – Withycombe, Marpool, Littleham, Lympstone and St Peter’s in Budleigh – wants to improve language and communication skills in youngsters.

Every child at these schools will now be screened to assess their individual learning difficulties.

ExSLCN was launched after head teachers noticed the ‘poor quality’ of language and behaviour skills in children entering primary school.

The aim is to develop as hubs of excellence and will be working with a speech and language therapist for consultancy.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We are hoping that over the next few years all children, parents and settings in the Exmouth area will be able to tap into the support, practice and policy that we have to offer.”

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