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Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool

This tool was developed as part of the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP) in 2012. The BCRP was a 3 year research programme that was part of the Government's response to the 2008 Bercow Review of provision of services for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The Communication Trust are supporting the BCRP to share their findings.

Information about the Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool:

  • The observation tool is designed to be used in an observation of a classroom or a learning space by someone other than the adult working with the children.
  • The observation tool can be used in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms and other Early years learning spaces.
  • It is recommended that the observation takes place during a regular classroom session (usually a morning session starting with the class register).

The tool is designed to profile the oral language environment of the classroom. It is not expected that all items will appear on all observations.

To download the tool please click here.