‘Shocking’ number of children with hidden language difficulties in primary school

The TES is reporting that a recent study has found that almost half of children with hidden language difficulties are unidentified in Year 1. 

An inquiry has been launched to investigate why almost half of children with speech and language difficulties are not being identified by schools.

The charity I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists said the inquiry was needed after a project from University College London earlier this year found that around two children in every Year 1 class (7.6 per cent) had language disorders that affected their schoolwork, but only 3 per cent of Year 1 children were identified.

The inquiry will be a follow-up to the Bercow review published in 2008, which emphasised how essential it was for speech and language difficulties to be picked up early.

Jean Gross, the former government communication champion for children, will chair the review. She said: “It’s shocking that almost 10 years after John Bercow’s report, so many children are not being identified in schools when good language and communication skills are so vital for learning.”

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