Wycombe weekly newsletter 21st May 2021

Wycombe weekly newsletter 21st May 2021

CYP Therapies:

Infant Language Link and the NELI Project

The DfE has recently announced that funding is available for schools in England to implement the NELI (Nuffield Early Language Intervention Programme) for Reception children in the academic year 2021/22 in England. We are aware that this has raised some queries in schools in Bucks with regards to whether schools should continue with the Infant Language Link package and we would like to offer some clarification.

As Infant Language Link has been commissioned across Bucks until the end of the academic year 2022 we are strongly encouraging the use of this over NELI for the benefits Infant Language Link can provide:

  • Infant Language Link offers screening and intervention for not only reception but also years 1 and 2
  • Infant Language Link interventions are designed to raise the attainment of all children with speech, language, and communication needs, not just those with more severe needs. (The NELI Project has been asking schools to focus on the 5 Reception children with the poorest scores from their Language Screen assessment.)
  • Infant Language Link offers universal interventions (as well as targeted interventions) in the form of classroom strategies and resources.
  • Speechlink offers unlimited access to the Speech and Language Link Help Desk support.

Infant Language Link has a strong evidence base with robust outcomes. The most recent evidenced research about to be published is showing that Infant Language Link interventions produce better outcomes with less input than NELI.  In order for Bucks to support early identification and intervention for children, as well as to measure impact,  data will be required from all Reception classes, being the year group where all children are screened. We hope this offers clarification and confidence about the continued use of Infant Language Link across Bucks. If you have any further queries please contact the Speechlink helpdesk at or phone 0333 5770784.

Reminder: FREE intervention for ALL Year 5 and Year 6 pupils for Infant Language Link subscribers

Don’t forget to check out the free Junior Language Link intervention for ALL current Infant Language Link subscribers to use with their older children in the summer term. This group is aimed at improving children’s understanding of complex question forms and verbal reasoning skills. The children go through detective training to help them solve the mystery of the Missing Mayan Mask, to be played over 8 sessions. Schools that don’t already have Junior Language Link are welcome to sign up for a free 2-week trial to sample the standardised assessment and an overview of the other interventions.

Education Psychologists updates

You are aware that the Wycombe EPS is now offering Virtual Consultation Sessions (VCS) similar to the way the Specialist Teachers currently do. To avoid confusion with schools and help efficiency administration of booking in HW iSEND, we will mirror their Everbrite booking system. You will also be familiar with this system. For those unfamiliar, an explanation of how to book is attached

Wycombe Area Team - 1:1 Virtual Consultations
  1. Process and Rota
  2. 1:1 Virtual Consultations available on Eventbrite
  3. Bookings close 3 working days (5 calendar days) prior to the session date
  4. School books appropriate advice session slot
  5. Booking logged on 1:1 Virtual Consultations spreadsheet (BSA)
  6. School sent the email confirming details for the session and requesting proforma is completed (BSA)
  7. Returned proforma saved in team folder (BSA)
  8. Files to be named as School Name-000000-YYYY-MM-DD (date of session)
  9. EP checks booking spreadsheet and sends Microsoft Teams meeting request to school via the address given
  10. EP reads advice session Pro-forma and information from previous advice sessions attended in advance of the session
  11. Advice Session Takes Place
  12. EP saves updated proforma in folder and logs session details
  13. Files to be named as School Name-Pupil Ref-YYYY-MM-DD (date of session)
  • Session bookings will be monitored by Business Support Assistants and Educational Psychologists
  • If particular dates are full additional sessions will be made available (see reserve slots).
  • In order to maintain availability for all, schools will be discouraged to block book sessions and these will be turned down unless prior approval is given. Schools may attend further sessions once their session has taken place or have sessions with different teams on the same day.
Shout out for SEND – Save the date!

Shout out for SEND is a child and young person’s conference which we run annually. It helps us to really find out what children and young people think of our service and what we can do to make it better.  We have agreed on the  13th of October, and we will give you more information nearer the time. The conference runs for the day, again this can support PHSE and other aspects of the curriculum.

Let’s talk about Health
EHC Applications
  • Please make sure you include:
  • Parental/youth health response form
  • Individual Healthcare Plan (IHP)
  • Medical reports
EHCP annual review

Please make sure you include a conversation about health needs at the annual review meeting and look at Sections C and G of the EHC plan

Please include the following in your paperwork submission to the local authority

  • Parental or youth Annual Review Health Response form
  • Individual Healthcare Plan (IHP)
  • Medical reports

Also a note of whether the EHCP covers health needs relevant to their special educational needs and makes reference to any IHP need for medical conditions in school.

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