We recognise the dilemma and have been proactive in looking at different ways speech and language therapy might be delivered. The traditional models of a once a week (or more) service is no longer tenable for many, but rather than throw the baby out with the bath water we can offer schools a more ‘task focussed’ approach.
Skilling schools to do as much as they can themselves, well and with confidence now has to more of a priority than ever.
We have always advocated training and guidance for implementing activities at a universal level as this is relatively inexpensive. Once staff have acquired those skills they are sustainable: specialist SLT input isn’t needed. There is an immediate saving here!
How can schools use their budget to best effect? Here is our ‘essentials’ checklist:
We are proud to say that, working in partnership, we are going to be able to continue to support all but one of our schools. Thank you for continuing to commission our services and we look forward to the challenges of the year ahead.
Diana, Jo & Associates