Communication Support Team


Who we are:

We are part of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Service (SENDSS). 

We are a team of:

  • Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists
  • Speech and Language Therapy Assistants (Technical Instructors)
  • Communication Advisory Teachers

What we do:

Our team specialises in Speech, Language, and Communication Needs (SLCN). We work collaboratively and flexibly with settings to:

  • Promote an awareness of SLCN and its impact on emotional development and learning
  • Provide support and advice at all levels: universal, targeted and specialist
  • Provide support and advice across primary and secondary schools through training, coaching and mentoring (online and face-to-face)
  • Develop skills in identification of SLCN
  • Provide teaching and learning to meet identified language and communication needs, with a focus on supporting SEMH and well-being
  • Support and promote pupil voice
  • Support and promote parent/carer voice
  • Support and enhance transition processes between Key Stages and preparing for adulthood

How we might work with your setting:

  • Support you as you audit how your school meets the needs of children and young people with SLCN
  • Solution-focussed discussion to develop a bespoke action plan with you
  • Signposting you to the relevant parts of our online tool kit of resources
  • Working with individual children and young people/students and small targeted groups
  • Coaching and mentoring for staff
  • Delivering training around your schools needs

How to access our team:

Find out more about the Communication Support Team and how schools can make a referral to us, here

  • Email us about training. We have a menu of training options, including the nationally-recognised ‘Language for Learning.’ We can also do bespoke sessions planned around the particular needs of your setting.
  • Email us to discuss how we can support your setting to develop its response to SLCN and develop your SLCN policies.
  • Following a conversation with an advisory teacher use the Request for Involvement form for any individual students who fall within the remit.
  • We accept referrals from schools for staff coaching by our Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, where the child or young person Speech and Language Therapist or the CST Communication Advisory Teacher has advised them to do so.
  • If you would like to speak to us for advice or further information, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

Request the involvement of SEND Support Services

If you think you need the involvement of the Children's NHS Community Specialist Speech and Language Therapy Service to help meet the needs of an individual child or young person, or of you have concerns about a child's communication development and would like further information, please visit the CPFT website:  Find out more about Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Children's Speech and Language Therapy

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