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Heyes Lane Primary School

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Heyes Lane Primary School


Communication & Interaction

My child needs support with Communication and Interaction


Your child may need support with:

  • Attention and listening skills
  • Understanding language
  • Using language
  • Speech sounds
  • Interacting with others
  • Speaking fluently


Your child may have a diagnosis of speech delay, Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or Sensory Processing Difficulties.


IQFT @ Heyes Lane:

All pupils at Heyes Lane are entitled to, and receive Inclusive Quality-First Teaching (IQFT) though our creative, engaging and immersive curriculum, which is appropriately adapted to meet individual learner needs.  This is achieved through:

  • Highly skilled, creative teachers and well-trained support staff who are dedicated to your child’s academic, personal and social potential
  • Appropriate learning challenges, matched the National Curriculum guidelines
  • Adapted learning challenges through:
    • Extending or reducing challenges
    • Varying the amount of adult or peer support given to complete the challenge
    • The way a learning challenge is delivered, completed and achieved.  E.g. visually (looking), practically (doing), orally (speaking), aurally (listening).
    • Different resources to complete learning challenges
    • Different outcome of the challenge
  • Multi-sensory approach to learning challenges
  • Visual aids to support attention and listening skills, classroom organisation and language and concept development
  • Reward charts
  • Modelled language through repetition, emphasis and expansion
  • More thinking time
  • Writing slope boards, pencil grips and coloured overlays for reading
  • Appropriate seating position
  • Talk partners & peer support
  • Whole school approach to meta-cognition through our Learning Goals: Positive, Active and Creative
  • Early identification of needs through a graduated approach to teaching and learning and meeting pupil needs
  • Effective Accessibility, Anti-bullying, Relationships & Behaviour, Equalities, SEND & Inclusion, Safeguarding and Teaching & Learning Policies



Additional Support

Your child may benefit from:

  • Information Carrying Word tasks to support receptive language
  • Speech sound support
  • Signalong
  • BLAST (Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking) intervention for Early Years
  • Support for developing understanding and use of new vocabulary
  • Pre-teaching vocab/key facts support
  • Recordable devices for sequencing and memory
  • Organisation and independence support
  • Access to SALT programmes: Attention & Listening, Comprehension, Narrative, Vocab, Thinking Skills, Lego Therapy, Social Communication
  • Visual prompts for facial expressions and emotions
  • Access to quiet spaces
  • Technologies to support class work inc Clicker 8 for writing support
  • ‘Toolkits’ for self-help strategies
  • Use of Social Stories
  • Small group support using Black Sheep Press therapy packs
  • In class adult support
  • Elklan’s Blank Level Questioning approach
  • Supervision from Elklan trained specialist SLCN support assistant
  • Movement breaks
  • SALT support and advice


SEN Support

  • Personalised BLAST (Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking) intervention for Early Years
  • 1-1 speech sounds support
  • 1-1 sessions with Elklan trained SLCN specialist support assistant
  • Small group or 1-1 support using Black Sheep Press therapy packs
  • Vocabulary programme
  • Narrative programme
  • Listening Skills and Memory programme
  • Social Communication programme
  • Thinking Skills programme
  • Reading for Meaning Pack
  • Think it, Say it Pack
  • Picture questions Pack
  • Practical Pragmatics Pack
  • Inferencing & Reasoning Packs
  • Talkabout Programme
  • Emotional Literacy Programme
  • Circle of Friends
  • Workstation
  • Longford Park Outreach Support
  • Pastoral Support
  • Lego Therapy
  • In class adult support
  • Technologies to support class work
  • Social Stories, Comic Strip Conversations and Contingency Maps
  • Circle of Friends
  • De-escalation sessions
  • Sensory Diet and Movement breaks
  • Social communication & interaction skills support 
  • SPELL Approach planning
  • Review, advice and support from specialists