If you have a child with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), finding the right school is a priority.
By 'the right school', we mean one able to support your child's needs. This depends on a number of factors, which can be difficult to judge.
To look for maintained schools specialising in speech, language and communication your local authority website will have some information. To find a non-maintained school you can look at the National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) website. You can search their database by location and type of special educational need.
We have put together a checklist and some questions you might ask when you visit different schools.
- Primary School Checklist
- Primary School Questions
- Scenario: Jack is 7 and has difficulties understanding language
- Secondary School Checklist
- Secondary School Questions
- Scenario: John is 13 and has speech, language and communication difficulties
Please note that the features described here are for the perfect school for a child with SLCN. Of course, no school is perfect and so there may be features that you don’t see as you look around, what is important however is the way that the school responds when they are asked. Also some of the checklist points and questions may be irrelevant for the education of your child. If so, you might be able to adapt them to form more relevant questions.