LEAP - Language Enrichment Activity Programme

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Cotterill, Catherine
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ISCED Level 1 Primary education
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Background: The purpose of the study was to improve the outcomes of Y1 children with SEN by implementing the LEAP programme with the support of a Speech and Language therapist. The success criteria were measured by test results and wider outcomes such as improved behaviour and social interaction.

Aims: The main aim of the LEAP project was to improve the communication, language and literacy skills of Y1 children with SEN, through regular, short sessions with a familiar adult.

Methods: The participants in this case study are the Deputy Headteacher, Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner, Headteacher, Middle Leader, Senior Leader, Senior Leadership Team, Teacher, Teaching Assistant, and Speech and Language Therapist. The LEAP project used regular, short sessions with a familiar adult, entry assessment tests, dialogue with the school's Speech and Language therapist, and resources such as key word and symbol cards, body outline sheets, and picture/object packs. TAs were trained and observed by the Speech and Language therapist.

Findings: The LEAP project aimed to improve communication skills in Y1 children with SEN. Short-term success was measured by improved scores in TROG and RAPT tests. Long-term success was measured by improved sub-level scores in reading and writing. Wider outcomes included improved behaviour and social interaction.

Implications: The LEAP project has had positive implications for pupil learning, teaching, and school organization and leadership. It has improved communication skills, behavior, and social interaction, and enabled children to access the curriculum more easily. It has also provided TAs with better knowledge of how to support language development.
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Infant education , Communication, language and literacy
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