Communication Commitment

The Communication Commitment – Pierview Academy

The Communication Commitment started at Pierview Academy in September 2015 and provides the tools, guidance, and resources to make communication a priority. During the first year, the focus was on raising awareness of the importance of improving communication skills amongst the students and staff.  Communication matters, as students with weak skills have been found to be more at risk of bullying, challenging behaviours, and social and emotional difficulties.

Initial assessment on the language and communication skills of the students were complete and all staff attended a 6-week training course which covered topics such as Language and communication needs, Behaviour in the classroom, Autism, and the social model of disability. The importance of communication was reinforced through handouts and regular peer working with the Senior Leadership Team to promote effective approaches. Parents were included in the discussion during meetings and were encouraged to work with the staff to support their child.

Staff were made aware of the social model of intervention and how intervention can be universal, targeted and specialist. This model continues to be used across the school to remind staff that approaches used to support and enhance student’s speech, language and communication are to be used not only 1:1 but across the whole school and wider community e.g. outreach to college, work placement and working with parents.

After a good first year, Pierview Academy is building on this by continuing with staff training, focussing on developing staff communication skills e.g. being an encouraging listener and interpersonal communication.

The Pragmatics Skills Checklist from ELKLAN was also introduced to all staff as an effective tool to identify difficulties with social language and provided staff with a list of strategies to use to address social difficulties.

This year we have been focussing on vocabulary development in the classroom and including strategies from ELKLAN in the classroom.

Good communication is a key skill which underpins all learning and social interaction. Working with the Communication Trust, Pierview Academy continues to develop, review and improve its commitment to communication.

The Communication Commitment – Pierview Academy

The Communication Commitment started at Pierview Academy in September 2015 and provides the tools, guidance, and resources to make communication a priority. During the first year, the focus was on raising awareness of the importance of improving communication skills amongst the students and staff.  Communication matters, as students with weak skills have been found to be more at risk of bullying, challenging behaviours, and social and emotional difficulties.

Initial assessment on the language and communication skills of the students were complete and all staff attended a 6-week training course which covered topics such as Language and communication needs, Behaviour in the classroom, Autism, and the social model of disability. The importance of communication was reinforced through handouts and regular peer working with the Senior Leadership Team to promote effective approaches. Parents were included in the discussion during meetings and were encouraged to work with the staff to support their child.

Staff were made aware of the social model of intervention and how intervention can be universal, targeted and specialist. This model continues to be used across the school to remind staff that approaches used to support and enhance student’s speech, language and communication are to be used not only 1:1 but across the whole school and wider community e.g. outreach to college, work placement and working with parents.

After a good first year, Pierview Academy is building on this by continuing with staff training, focussing on developing staff communication skills e.g. being an encouraging listener and interpersonal communication.

The Pragmatics Skills Checklist from ELKLAN was also introduced to all staff as an effective tool to identify difficulties with social language and provided staff with a list of strategies to use to address social difficulties.

This year we have been focussing on vocabulary development in the classroom and including strategies from ELKLAN in the classroom.

Good communication is a key skill which underpins all learning and social interaction. Working with the Communication Trust, Pierview Academy continues to develop, review and improve its commitment to communication.