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Speech, language and communication needs continue to be the most common type of special educational need

February 2015

The publication of the Government’s statistics on special educational needs (SEN) in September has demonstrated that yet again, speech language and communication needs (SLCN) are the most common type of difficulty reported by and seen in schools.

Key findings from the report show:

  • In England more children have SLCN than any other type of SEN (in children with statements or at SA+).
  • The number of pupils categorised by primary schools, with SLCN as their main need has increased by over 11% since 2012.
  • The number of pupils categorised by secondary schools, with SLCN as their main need has increased by over 5% since 2012.
  • Pupils with SEN are more than twice as likely to be eligible for free school meals than those without SEN.

Read the full report here

I CAN have a number of programmes for supporting children’s speech language and communication skills in the early years

Read about I CAN’s programmes to support children with SLCN in primary schools here

I CAN’s programmes for supporting children in secondary schools can be found here