Institute of Education


Supporting Spoken Language in the Classroom

A programme developed and delivered by experienced practitioners and researchers from the Better Communication Research Programme.

Supporting Spoken Language in the Classroom (SSLiC) is a programme that supports professionals through a process of auditing pupils existing language-use in a school. SSLIC is about making changes across the school and within classroom.


The programme examines a school's language practice and then progressively rethinks it in collaboration with staff through a process of identifying how all pupils' language-use is currently supported and how it could be further developed.

Who is it for

Aimed at all school professionals working in Reception and KS1. This includes teaching assistants, teachers, inclusion managers, senior leaders and Local Authority (LA) and NHS staff such as Specialist Teachers and Speech and Language Therapists.

The programme supports

  • The development of a systematic whole school approach to language awareness, use and support.
  • Extending the reach of the work of SENCOs in coordinating this support provision.
  • Developing classroom teacher's skills in the identification of potential language-use issues through the use of a systematic audit tool.
  • The early identification of language-use needs allowing progression to a more focused and specific use of SLT support.
  • Equipping professionals with the evidence-base for improving their professional practice, working collaboratively with professionals over two terms to adapt and apply this knowledge to your school's individual setting.
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The fee includes up to three places, including one senior team management member and one classroom practitioner.

More information

Contact us at inclusive.education@ucl.ac.uk