The Knowsley Speech and Language Strategy has been endorsed by Knowsley Council Cabinet members, supporting children to become confident communicators, helping them reach their potential and have the best life chances.
Extensive national research shows the adverse impact language deprivation can have on all aspects of a child’s life, now and into their future, affecting educational achievement, emotional wellbeing and behaviour, employability, and social inequality.
More children in Knowsley have identified speech, language and communication needs than national levels, which is a significant barrier to improving outcomes and experiences of children and young people across the borough.
The Knowsley Speech and Language Strategy aims to address the social, academic, and economic inequalities which impact the borough’s children and young people with a view to improving support to develop their speech, language and communication.
The strategy has been co-produced with health professionals, early years providers and education professionals across all the age-phases, recognising their shared responsibility, along with parents, to promote good communication skills in all Knowsley’s children and young people.
The strategy has three core priorities;
- To support children to become effective communicators and speak with confidence, listen well and achieve across the curriculum
- To develop a clear, comprehensive, and consistent language experience for children and young people, while ensuring stakeholders have the expertise to identify and meet children’s language needs
- To strengthen joint working practices and better utilise resources to develop speech, language, and communication skills across all ages
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, commented:
“It is often said that it takes a whole village to raise a child and this proverb is particularly important when we consider language acquisition and development. The strategy promotes a diverse approach to the development of language, the identification of delay and the swiftness of intervention to help our children to succeed and flourish.”
The strategy builds on the success of the Education Strategy and the SEND Strategy 2018- 2021.
Read the full report and draft strategy on the council’s website.