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Speech and Language in the Classroom

Infant Language Link

What is Infant Language Link?

This innovative multimedia package includes a standardised assessment and an extensive range of resources as well as offering practical suggestions on how to manage language difficulties within the mainstream classroom.

What does Infant Language Link offer?

Infant Language Link offers schools a number of benefits:

  • Early identification of pupils with difficulty understanding language
  • Tailored intervention with universal, targeted and specialist support recommendations
  • Evidence of progress for school inspection
  • Development of skills essential to support literacy and raise attainment
  • Improvement of the skill mix through training and support for teachers and TAs
  • A wide range of resources for every classroom
  • Engagement of parents through information and programmes
  • EAL pupils can be included to determine their understanding of English in the classroom. The website provides information and resources to support the development of English in the classroom

How do I get Infant Language Link?

Call our help desk on 0333 577 0784 or 01227 811835

You can buy online and view our current UK pricing and special offers in the Pricing Section.

Standardised Language Assessments

The standardised assessments are used with adult supervision to examine key areas of understanding. Results are reported as standard scores enabling staff to compare a pupil’s level of understanding to others of the same age. The results identify children requiring school based support and those who require discussion with the speech and language therapy service.

These areas of understanding are targetted: Concepts, Following Instructions, Verb Tenses, Negatives, Pronouns, Questions, Verbal Reasoning, Association with slight variations depending on the age of the child.

Reports and Provision Maps

Reports can be generated from the assessment and intervention data. These reports chart the levels of understanding of language for a whole class or cohort of pupils and enable schools to identify the general language levels of that year group. The needs of each cohort are presented in a provision map enabling the teacher to include the necessary strategies into their lesson planning.

Repeat testing allows schools to track progress though Key stage 1 and offers evidence of in school improvement. Junior Language Link allows schools to track progress into and through Key Stage 2.

Tailored Interventions

Following the assessment, a pupil support plan is generated identifying the appropriate level of support needed for each pupil. Pupils will be recommended for classroom support and may be recommended for small group intervention.

The support plan includes:

  • Universal whole class strategies
  • Targeted differentiations strategies for identified areas of language
  • Specialist small group activities

Group planning, record sheets and resources

For example:

  1. The screening tool identifies Pupil ‘A’ with difficulties understanding language.
  2. The teacher views the pupil’s individual profile of results
  3. Classroom strategies are recommended
  4. The pupil is recommended for the ‘Concepts and Following Instructions’ language group
  5. Outcomes of interventions can be added online and feed into the pupil’s profile
  6. Relevant hand-outs for parents are recommended.

Resources

Infant Language Link includes an extensive bank of resources and planned language groups enabling support staff to work with small groups of pupils effectively.

A wide range of picture resources and visual support materials for the classroom and for parents is included.

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