Specialist support at Landgate School

The Communication Team at Landgate School currently consists of a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and a Communication Team Assistant.

Communication is relevant to all aspects of the school day, the Communication Team collaborate with teaching staff to ensure that communication skills are embedded in the classroom within all subjects areas across the curriculum.  In addition to this, effective communication strategies are in place for learners at unstructured times e.g. lunchtime and playtime. This universal approach to the development of communication skills benefits all learners.


Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapist (OT) works across the school with all staff to support learners’ academic learning, behaviour & independence skills. Specialist areas of provision include:

- Sensory Assessment

- Sensory Motor Programmes

- Sensory Strategies

- Functional Skills Assessment

- Handwriting Programmes

The functional, sensory and regulatory needs of learners are reviewed throughout the academic year and support plans & interventions are implemented where required.

Our Occupational Therapist is also a Sensory Integration Practitioner, a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists

(BAOT), and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.


Speech and Language Therapy Input at

Landgate School

Landgate School’s commitment to developing the communication skills of all Learners is demonstrated by the employment of a Together Trust Speech and Language Therapist for 2 days a week. In addition there is input from Bridgewater NHS Speech and Language Therapy Department. Links between the two services are working well with regular meetings to determine common goals for Learners.

The School service works at:

Universal Level which covers staff training and on-going support for staff and Learners.

Targeted Level which covers setting of targets for learners, assessment and observation, support for class team; staff training in specific techniques.

When more Specialist SaLT intervention is felt to be appropriate, referrals are made to Bridgewater SaLT Team. For example, when a Learner may need additional and augmentative communication devices.


Communication is relevant to all aspects of the school day so the collaboration of SaLT with the teaching staff is vitally important. Meetings to update Learner Communication Support Plans are held Termly. Staff can also ask for advice and request further assessment at any time.

Learners may be seen on a 1:1 basis for short periods to establish strategies that are appropriate and these are then passed on to the teaching staff and class teams.

Those learners with additional identified communication needs are offered intervention to specifically target their communication needs. This includes:

Jabadao - This session is led by the Communication Team and the strategies carried on by the teaching staff in classes.

Social Skills or ‘Friendship Group’- SaLT has provided training to a number of staff on how to set up a Social Skills Group. A ‘Friendship Group’ is currently being led by SaLT and Learners are responding very well to this intervention.

The communication needs of all learners are assessed and reviewed regularly by the Communication Team throughout the academic year and support plans with communication targets are written and reviewed in collaboration with teaching and support staff. These targets are incorporated into a learner’s Learner Profile and EHCP.

Sandra Youlden

Together Trust SALT

Debbie Mabbutt

Specialist Support