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STEP are pleased that they have been commissioned by Leicestershire Education Excellence Partnership (LEEP) to deliver an exciting ‘Narrowing the Language Gap’ project. Working alongside Leicestershire Early Years Inclusion and Childcare Service the project will provide training and support for all that take part to help improve early language skills. The project brings together Foundation Stage practitioners from preschool settings and schools and will run over a period of 3 terms across the 2019/20 academic year

The project was successfully launched on Wednesday 26th June at the NSPCC where over 50 participants from the invited 15 settings and 15 schools came to hear about the project and were introduced to the key elements.

Gareth Nelmes (CEO STEP/BEP) welcomed colleagues and thanked Sue Wilson (Service Manager, Early Years Inclusion and Childcare LCC) for the LA support and partnership for the project. Kirstie Randle (STEP/BEP Lead Practitioner and Project lead) shared the key elements, including a joint moderations session and, along with Katie Stansfield (EYFS SLE for the project) gave an overview of the Early Talk Boost and Talk Boost KS 1 programmes that the schools and settings attend for free. Gill Rogerson (Early Years Improvement Advisor, Early Learning, Inclusion and Childcare Service) gave attendees an insight onto the national picture of children with SCLN and gave a few important tips to support children  with these needs She then gave an oversight into the main training session she would be running over the course of the project which incudes

  • Child monitoring tool, identifying children at risk of language delay
  • Supporting boys language training
  • Home learning environment training

Kirstie also shared the cluster meeting approach that will be used with schools and settings being allocated into one of two cluster groups to help and support.

Thank you to all who attended this very successful event that launched a very exciting, collaborative project.

STEP Teaching School Alliance