Big Issue: Children's speech and language

What are the problems and what action is being taken to solve them?

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DfE funds £6.5m plan to tackle early language gap

Under-fives living in disadvantaged areas are to benefit from additional help with their early speech and communication skills, as part of a £6.5m investment from...


Cheltenham early years centre wins Shine a Light Award

Battledown Centre for Children and Families in Cheltenham has been awarded Early Years Setting of the year at the seventh annual Shine a Light awards.


Charities unite to call for action on children's SLCN

Sixty charities and organisations have joined forces to urge the Prime Minister to do more to improve support for the 1.4 million children with speech, language...


Health visitors to be trained to close the word gap

A thousand health visitors in the most deprived parts of England will be given specialist training to help close the language gap between disadvantaged children...


Sector outraged at plans to train shop staff to support children's language

The early years community has reacted with horror to reports of a new Government scheme that involves Clarks staff helping children to develop language skills.


Shops and businesses to help children develop language skills

Clarks has pledged to train all 6,500 of its staff in developing children’s speech, language and communication skills and engaging with families in stores across...


New speech and language project seeks early years expertise

A speech and language therapy service is looking for early years settings to be part of a pilot training project involving virtual reality.


DfE £1.6m fund to improve early language and opportunities

Disadvantaged children with speech and language difficulties in North Yorkshire are to receive extra support through a new Department for Education scheme.


Government commits to halving the early years literacy gap

The education secretary will today pledge to halve the number of children starting school below the expected level for speaking and reading by 2028.


DfE considering response to Bercow: 10 Years On

A petition calling for the Government to implement the Bercow: Ten Years On review has reached 10,000 signatures, prompting a response from the Government.



Language unlocks reading

Andrea Quincey is head of primary English at Oxford University Press, which has today published a policy report, Language unlocks reading, with the National Literacy Trust and the APPG on Literacy. This highlights the crucial link between children’s early language skills and life chances.