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What is a Language Resourced School?
Language Resourced Schools (LRS) are mainstream maintained schools that provide extra support for children that have a diagnosis of developmental language disorder and or severe speech disorder.
Children and Young People receive a diagnosis of Developmental Language Disorder or severe speech disorder from a qualified Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT).
There is a decision process that allocates places based on need. However you do not need to have an EHC Plan to be allocated a place in a LRS.
There are two LRS Schools in Hackney:
What is being at a language resourced school like?
Children who go to Language Resourced Schools join their peers for all their class lessons and activities, but also get a high level of extra help from Speech and Language Therapists working in the school. This may include:
- one-to-one work with the Speech and Language Therapist
- small-group sessions
- in-class support
- whole class sessions
The Teachers and Learning Support Assistants work closely with the Speech and Language Therapists, and are highly trained and supported in helping the children in the Language Resourced School classes.
Who gets allocated a place at a Language Resourced School?
- Children with a severe speech disorder / difficulty
- Children with developmental language disorder
Your current Speech and Language Therapist can talk with you about whether this is a suitable option for your child.
What is going to school at a Language Resourced School like for a child?
Your child would spend most of their time in a mainstream class with their peers but would also often come out of class for extra Speech and Language Therapy support.
All children in the school have the same break times and lunch times and socialise together throughout the school day.
Class teachers are specifically trained in how to adjust lessons for children with speech and language difficulties.
There are opportunities for parents to meet regularly with the speech and language therapist working with your child.
There are coffee mornings held for parents throughout the school year. These are an opportunity to meet and get to know other parents who have children facing similar challenges. It is also an opportunity to get extra advice and guidance on working with your child at home.
Progress is formally reviewed at least once a year this may also be called an annual review.
My child is already getting speech and language therapy – can they just stay in their current school?
Although moving schools can be daunting for a child, the extra help could make an enormous difference to their speech or language.
You should talk this over with your child, partner, close friends and professionals to see if this is the right decision for you and your child.
How long is my child's placement in the Language Resourced School for?
Your child would be able to stay as long as they need extra help, up until year 6. For some children this might be just a year or two. Their progress will be formally reviewed annually and any plans to leave the Language Resourced School will be discussed with you.
Once a child leaves the LRS placement, the place they have within the main school setting is still secure if they wish to remain there.
Can I get help with transport?
If you or your child has difficulty getting to the Language Resource School please see the following information:
- Hackney Learning Trust - Pupil benefits - Help with travel
- Hackney SEND Travel Assistance Service (previously Transport Solutions)
- Special Educational Needs Administration Team
Will my child definitely get a place?
Places at Hackney's Language Resourced Schools are limited.
To request a place you must agree for your child’s case to be discussed at a panel at Hackney Learning Trust.
This panel includes a range of health and education specialists. If you are unsuccessful there may be a chance to re-apply at a later date.
Your current nursery or school's Link Speech and Language Therapist can support you through this process.
How can I find out more?
Speak to the Speech and Language Therapist in your current school.
Or contact Amanda Finer - Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist using the contact details at the top of this page.
Record Last Updated on: 24/05/2018