I CAN noted on their blog (I CAN, 2012) that as of January 2012, Ofsted "has a spotlight on pupils’ communication skills. The inspectors must consider how well pupils develop a range of skills, including reading, writing, communication and mathematical skills and how well they apply these across the curriculum".
- Teaching pupils how to work effectively in pairs and groups- rather than just saying work with a partner, for example by assigning them roles with prompt cards to structure their conversations.
- Focusing on the communication skills of pupils who repeatedly find themselves in trouble at school because they either don’t understand instructions or keep saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
- Helping pupils become more independent learners by teaching the sort of language they need to question and challenge.
- Training some pupils to give feedback to their peers and even their teacher on how well they learnt in the lesson (easier than how well the teacher taught!), increasing their responsibility for their own learning.
- Focusing on subject specific vocabulary and working across the staff team on some of those key words that crop up across all subjects such as evaluate, summarise and define.
I CAN (2012) http://blog.ican.org.uk/
Sarah Bennington, May 2012
Written on behalf of Integrated Treatment Services. I.T.S is a private Speech and Language Therapy service based in Leicestershire, East Midlands and Southern England. It specialises in providing highly-skilled Speech and Language Therapists, but also associates with other therapeutic professionals, including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists and Arts Psychotherapists