Good communication is the gateway to learning, friendships, academic achievement and success at work

Initial Teacher Education Resources

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Less than half the workforce in primary and secondary schools have had any initial training in speech, language and communication (1).

These resources, produced in partnership with the Institute of Education (IoE) at University College London, support Initial Teacher Education providers and trainee teachers to embed speech, language and communication into training. IoE would like to acknowledge the contribution of Nick Peacey to the development of these materials.

We have been able to produce them thanks to the funding received from the Department for Eudcation. To help us assess their usefulness, and to support future funding applications in Initial Teacher Education, it is crucial you tell us how you've used them. Fill in our short survey here.

How to use these resources

1. Intro for ITE tutors / providers

2. Intro for ITE students

Information sheets

1. How children develop speech, language and communication skills

2. What are Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

3. Creating an inclusive classroom 

Case studies

4. Noah - Key stage 1 English

5. Germain - Key stage 2 English

6. Stephen - Secondary English

7. Stephen - Secondary Maths

8. Stephen - Secondary Science


9. References

Further reading

If you are a provider interested in embedding speech, language and communication, and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) into their courses try our Let's Talk About It booklet.

If you are interested in learning more about effective participation download the resources on our Involving Children and Young People with SLCN page.



(1) The Communication Trust, 'Workforce Development report', February 2017